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MARICOPA – Last year, the Maricopa track and field program was unable to have a season due to the pandemic. After a year absence, the Rams have worked hard to get themselves ready for the 2021 season.

“It means a lot to our program to have a track season this year,” said Maricopa head coach Corey Nelson. “Our student athletes have worked very hard to prepare for the 2021 track season. Some competed on the cross-country team while others trained on their own following COVID protocol guidelines.”

In track events, the Arizona Interscholastic Association has ruled as part of its COVID-19 protocols that athletes will have to retrieve their own implements. If throwers are sharing an implement, they should be wiped down in between throws. Distance runs will be limited to a specific number of runners and sprinters will have to spray their blocks after races.

There will be no award presentations this year. Awards will be put in an envelope and should be picked up by the coach. The results for each event should be posted online or emailed to the participating school.

“The AIA has done a great job putting safety first for our student athletes, coaches, officials and spectators with mandatory protocol rules that have been issued,” said Nelson.

Maricopa runs a coed track and field program that has many talented athletes ready for the season.

The girls expect to compete with senior Ebony Griffin leading the sprinters, senior Aubree Goettle in pole vault and junior Grace Lunceford in distance. The boys will compete and develop as junior Bobby Coleman leads the sprinters, freshman Filimon Kendnmary assists the distance runners and junior Syon Cordova will make an impact as a sprinter and jumper.

“Our expectations as a track program are simple,” said Nelson. “Have fun and compete at a high level. We have a lot of talent on both our girls and boys teams. We plan to improve and progress each track meet by completing our academic & athletic goals.”

The Rams will be starting their season on March 27 as they will have their first and only home meet of the season. Maricopa will participate in nine other events with their season concluding in May.

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