Bastrop High's track and field teams will try to build upon last year's success after the Rams and Lady Rams placed fourth and seventh, respectively, in the Class 4A State Meet last season.
Bastrop High track and field coach Sedarrin Freeman says his teams aren't quite ready for the upcoming season. Nevertheless, the season gets under way with the Super 1 Relays at ULM's Brown Stadium. Field events get under way at 11 a.m.
“The season's getting here quick, fast and in a hurry,” Freeman joked.
Unfortunately for Freeman, who doubles as the head coach for the boys and girls teams, it's unlikely that either one of his teams will be moving quick, fast or in a hurry Saturday.
“We're not ready,” Freeman said. “We haven't been able to do that much in practice because it's been cold and raining, but it's been the same for everybody.”
Bastrop is seeking to continue its momentum after the boys and girls finished fourth and seventh, respectively, in the team standings at the 2012 State Meet.
Though expecting a slow start, Freeman is hoping for a strong finish.
“As we get the kids out from different sports, I think we have a chance to be strong on both sides,” Freeman said. “We have more returning girls. We have a chance to be really, really strong with the girls.
“With the boys, we have some people who have never ran track, but we have talent. It's going to come down to how much work they're willing to put in.”
Senior Michelle Hardin and junior Desiree McHenry were both state runner-ups last year, Hardin in the shot put and McHenry in the 200-meter dash. McHenry also helped the Lady Rams to a third-place finish in the 4 x 200m relay and a sixth-place showing in the 4 x 100m relay.
Among the other key returnees for the Lady Rams are Jessica Gray, Devondra Jones and Doneisha Chatman.
The Rams were dealt a blow by the graduation of Denzel Devall, the reigning state champion in the discuss.
On a positive note, the Rams welcome back sprinters Trevious Crossley and Jamari Payne, who helped the 4 x 200m relay team to a third place finish at the State Meet.
Antwone Green is the lone returning member of the Rams' 4 x 400m relay unit, which took third in state.
Freeman is also counting on Demarcus Haynes in the distance races and Jaylon Rayford in the throwing events.
“We have a chance to be really strong in some areas, girls and boys,” Freeman said.
Freeman is assisted by Jackie Skipper (field events), Zeke Dixon (throwing events), Marcus Sawyer (sprints), Jessica Pylant (throwing events) and Theabury Odom (hurdles).