St. Paul Wildcats boys track slay each relay
Making almost a clean sweep in every race this season, St. Paul's relay teams have taken over every meet they've competed in this year, winning the gold and breaking records.
"It just shows that track isn't just an individual sport," senior Parker Klinginsmith said. "Everyone has to contribute to the team scores and team events."
It's an inspiring sentence to describe the hard work made by the St. Paul relay teams. Becoming an unstoppable trio group of runners the Wildcats, 4X100, 4X400, 4X800 teams have combined for 17 first place finishes, sweeping the relays in five of their first six meets.
"We work really hard in our practices, as you can tell," senior Joe Maus said. "We run a lot and we don't get much of breaks off, like we'll run 600's and get a 30 second break then run a 200."
"Every week we push each other and we push each other every day," senior Jacob Paczosa explained. "We don't let anybody slack off. And we know we got to make our times in practice and do what our coach says and never skip out."
It's a remarkable achievement in each event accomplished by the same nine athletes who've grown so versatile in their sport to take home the gold, despite the major difference in distance.
"All our relays know what we can do and what we're capable of," Klinginsmith said. "We're always competitive, we're huge competitors here. We just want to win and we'll do whatever it takes to win."
"I think it's really incredible how we can just go in and all the relays work together, and come together," Paczosa said. "We see each other after and kind of want to one up each other, like one relay wants to be better than the next. So I really think that goes along with just competing with each other and trying to be the best team out there."
But these boys have defeated much more than just their opponents on the track. Each week St. Paul has seen their times drop in every relay including the 4X800 team which captured a new school record thanks to their latest win at the Central Nebraska Invite by more than 10 seconds.
"We're going in there, we're seated first against a good talented Nebraska Christian team," Maus elaborated. "We we're only ahead of them by a second, so we knew we were going to have to run pretty quick to catch up to them. It was honestly one of the most fun things I've ever done in track."
The Wildcats 4X800-meter team knocked their overall time down to eight minutes and 16 seconds on Monday, while the 4X400-meter relay team has dropped their time to three minutes and 31 seconds, 10 seconds faster than their home opener meet.
The 4X100-meter relay team has also steadily dropped their overall time to 44.34 seconds.