Article by: DeeDee Aeschliman
Editor: Francis Acevedo
Cinematographer: Liah Gomez
Anchor: Nate De Villa
For most of us, a casual stroll to 7-Eleven is about as intense as our exercise routine gets. The sheer thought of physical exertion is cringe worthy, and the idea of repetitive physical training is downright terrifying. So where, we wonder, on earth do some of our Bearcat students find the motivation to join such physically demanding sports like track and field? Perhaps it’s time to break down some misconceived notions, have a little fun, and explore this issue objectively with some of our track athletes.
“Actually… why do I even do track?” triple jumper Rinzin Alling ponders aloud. He admits that track is “tiring” and that the biggest disadvantage of participating in such a sport would be the ensuing shin splints that it induces. The shin splint refers to an excruciating pain in the lower leg regions that primarily affects runners. On the other hand, Rinzin comments that although track practices are exhausting, the IASAS competition in itself is not, as “in IASAS an athlete only does about 3 minutes of physical exercise.” In essence, track athletes spend the entire season training to be as good as they can be for one quick, culminating moment.
However, track is not only demanding physically- but also mentally. Malaika Jamal, sophomore thrower, believes that track and field can be really “stressful”, since it is an individual sport and “all the pressure is put on one athlete”. Similarly, senior Timm Hartel agrees that track and field is cognitively taxing. “My body hurts after training,” he remarks, “but my brain hurts just as badly, if not worse.”
Nevertheless, the fatigue that comes with track may not necessarily be a bad thing, as it usually yields profound fruits of labor. Athletes are not only able to build endurance, speed, strength, and agility but they can also improve their mental toughness. “With track, there are definitely good days and bad days,” junior Lau Peña comments, “We just have to learn to push through the bad days.”
Lastly, all of these athletes agree that one of biggest perks of doing track is being able to join a tight knit community. “The team bonding experiences are great,” sprinter Natasha Carlisle states, “we all have fun together as a team.” Indeed, making memories is an essential part of the human experience!
Ultimately, the benefits of participating in track and field seem to outweigh its costs. As Senior Asim Rahim sums up, “It’s a great way to work out, stay healthy, and best of all make friends”.