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Coach Gentry optimistic about this year's track team

The Johnson County High School track team has been practicing hard in preparation for the first meet of the season next month. For returning Coach Penny Gentry, the line up this year seems to be strong, and even with an increased number of freshmen competitors, seems to be very well balanced overall. “We’re just hoping to have a good season,” said Gentry. “I think we have a better chance of sending someone to state this year. To get there we’ll have to go through conference, sub-sectionals, sectionals, and then to state. In sub-sectionals we are facing teams from Knoxville and the rest of East Tennessee, and sectionals are going to be held in Chattanooga this year. We’re going to have a lot of competition there.”
The typical track meet will feature several events, beginning with field events like shot-put, discus, and the long jump, and then moving into the various relays and dashes. Each event is divided up with boys facing boys and girls facing girls. Most events are based on receiving the best time, but others, as in the case of shot-put, look at distance. Relays and dashes are measured in meters, and the Johnson County team competes in the 100, 200, 400, 800, and 1600 meter events. Any single competitor is only allowed to enter four events, and according to Gentry, is recommended to do only three.
Because the Longhorns have some limitations with their facilities, the team must travel to be a part of an official meet. Likewise they cannot enter the pole vault or high jump, but have excelled in other events such as the four by one relay, where the competitors run 100 meters with four of them handing off consecutively.
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