Astros Look for Eighth Title in a Row

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Astros Look for Eighth Title in a Row

(The varsity team after their third place finish at Homewood Flossmoor)

(The varsity team after their third place finish at Homewood Flossmoor)

(The varsity team after their third place finish at Homewood Flossmoor)

(The varsity team after their third place finish at Homewood Flossmoor)

Nick Wysocki, Staff Reporter

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The incomparable Alan B. Shepard boys track team has started yet another year of competition. The Astros are looking for their eighth consecutive South Suburban Conference Red Division crown. With winning conference seven years in a row, they have a reputation they must live up to.

Ludwig feels that if things go right they have a chance to continue that run. “As long as we are at full strength then we’ll have a great chance at winning again,” stated Ludwig.

Their stiffest competition should come from Oak Lawn and Richards.

With such a strong tradition Ludwig’s expectations are high and he feels they are currently under achieving. He is however optimistic about the lower levels.  Although head coach Daniel Ludwig has stated the varsity team is underachieving at the moment, fresh and soph has been on a roll. They placed first recently in a meet against Evergreen Park, Oak Lawn and Hillcrest. The star performers include Omar Montiel, Adrian Zambrano, and Maurice Woody just to name a few.

The varsity placed ninth at Argo. They finished third out of 23 at the Homewood Floosmoor Invite. At Eisenhower they finished second in a field of nine.
Some of the top sprinters on the team are Jalen Smith, Matt Hightower, Jamail Hunt, and Eli Vinson are some of the top sprinsters.

The top distance runner is Evan Jamrozy. David Vasquez excels in both the shot and discus. Matt Hightower in the high jump has hopes of qualifying for state.

With some recent improvements things seem to be heading in the right direction for the varsity squad.
Coach Ludwig stated, “We will just try to continue to improve mentally and physically.” With Varsity taking second place, they are not far off from the top where they have been the past seven years.

Although the team has not gotten out of the blocks as quickly as they would like  a few individuals have surpassed expectations, with multiple school records being broken. To name a few, Matt Hightower who broke the school record in the 60 yard dash, and Dalvin Humphrey who broke school records in indoor 600 and 800 meter runs. He has already run a time of 2:02 for the 800 yard.

Humphrey, one of the star players on the team who competes in 400, 800, 4×4 relay and the mile says, “I like track because of the team effort that is needed.” Although individual stats are important, it all comes down to the team record which makes it a team effort.