Westside Track & Field Looks to Start off Season Strong


The coming of spring sports means that the Track and Field season is about to begin. With not having a season last year, there are lots of things to look forward to for both the boys and girls. With the second meet coming Friday there are a few things to look out for. Coach Haberman touches on him taking the program over and wanting to improve all of his athletes.

“Taking over the program this year, I have been blessed to work with some tremendous kids and coaches,” Haberman said. “The talent is there. We are just going to work on improving their speed, jumps, throws, and their events.”

Going into the 2021 season, many teams are still finding their stars. This year for the Warriors, Haberman feels the group is very well-rounded.
“Don’t overlook any of our athletes,” said Haberman. “The ones that are going to be the more high profiled guys are Cade Haberman in the discus, Avante Dickerson in the 100 and the 200, Koby Bretz in his running events.”

After a canceled season his freshman year sophomore sprinter Ty Dingman has high hopes in his first official season. Dingman, also a part of Westside’s football program, looks to add his sprinter speed to his forte of skills.

“I am looking forward to getting faster and improving my running form,” Dingman said. “My goal for the season is to make it to state and possibly place as a sophomore. 

In contrast to Dingman’s sprinter ability, freshman Claire White looks to continue her success from Cross Country into long-distance running. After placing fifth in state in the fall, White–like Dingman–has high aspirations this year. 

“I am hoping to break the mile record by the end of the season,” White said “I am also hoping to make it to state in the mile or two-mile.”

With a school record of 5:16 for the mile, Claire White looks to be on track to reaching her goal in the near future. Long-distance running coach Theresa Gosnell is excited for what this year has to bring. 

“I am looking forward to having a track season and seeing everyone get excited about racing fast again,” Gosnell said. “As a coach and a teacher, we are always looking to improve. So I am always adjusting workouts and learning something new.”

As the Warriors look to continue their season, the team has shown no lack of confidence. Heading into their first meets of the year, the team looks forward to improving as a team and improving as individuals with all the events they do.