The Thousand Oaks High School track and field team kicked off their season with a victory at the home meet on Saturday, February 25. This is the third consecutive win TOHS has had in the Thousand Oaks Invitational, and an astonishing forty schools with 1,600 athletes came to compete, bringing some extremely tough competition for the TOHS athletes. With the whole season ahead, the runners look forward to what is shaping up to be a competitive and well rounded team.
“We just won our invitational against 40 teams and we have a lot of really great athletes that came in this year so I think we will do really well [this season].” sophomore Amanda Spear said.
At only the beginning of season, the athletes have been working exceptionally hard to make sure they are prepared for what’s to come.
“We have very hard workouts that are longer than short sprints,” sophomore Saffron Holland said, “and we do 200 Tuesdays which is like ten 200’s.”
Each individual has their own goals they want to meet such as getting a PR or getting first place in a race, but the main team goal this season is to win league, and get to CIF. The team usually gets pumped up for a meet by doing warm ups together and doing a big cheer.
“The atmosphere is great and everyone is wishing everyone else good luck.” Holland said.
An estimated 4,000 family and friends showed up to support their schools creating a super fun and enjoyable atmosphere. However,the athletes were not affected by this overwhelming amount of people while performing their event.
“There is more competition so I perform better with that many people watching.” Spear said, “The competition pushes me to do great.”
The TOHS Lancers had a very exciting day, putting their first win under their belt, and will continue to work hard throughout the long season ahead to achieve their goals. Their next meet is this Saturday,, March 4th, at Moorpark High School.