At some point, we’ve all had to learn a skill.
If you’re a student, you’ve had to learn how to write an essay or how to solve a math equation.
If you’re in the work force, you’ve had to learn skills for your job.
In my job, I had to learn how to take pictures and write (hopefully) compelling news and sports stories.
I was lucky enough to attend school to learn these skills from some of the finest professionals around the country, with some of the best equipment.
However, if I went the way of the Washington County High School track team, I would have had to learn those skills without all the luxuries.
I think the best and most motivated photographers and writers are the ones who are self-taught.
However, I can’t imagine actually learning photography without a camera.
Which is why the success of the WCHS track team over the years is that much more impressive.
The athletes that really want it and are blessed with natural ability have been able to go to state despite no actual track to practice on.
I’m not trying to knock anyone at Washington County High School or at the school board.
The high school was built decades ago. A track is no small expense to add on later.
However, with new school property purchased on Monday night, I hope the decision makers in the community will consider eventually building a track.
I think a solid track program can benefit every sport, especially fall and winter sport participants that don’t play softball, baseball or tennis.
Football teams and basketball teams can be improved a great deal if those athletes are putting in work at the track instead of solely lifting.
Regardless of what happens with the new property, the track athletes past and present should be applauded for their performance and commitment.
As an outsider, I’m amazed at your resourcefulness and dedication to obtaining excellence in your sport.
Good luck this season.