The Timberview girls track and field team’s success is all about numbers and jumpers.
Even though the Lady Wolves are staying near the top of the meet results without the number of thletes they’ve seen in the past, the quality of those competing, primarily in the jumping events, is making the difference thus far.
“The numbers are not as big as they’ve been in the past,” said head coach Cinda Baer, “and we’re not as deep.”
The opening of Lake Ridge has diluted the previous attendance numbers at Timberview, creating the smallest enrollment in the Mansfield ISD district for next year.
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But what the Lady Wolves are lacking in numbers, they’re making up for in quality competitors in the 17 events.
Leading the way for Timberview have been their jumpers, including Kelsey Johnson, Bryanna Lawrence and JaLea Bennett.
“They are three of the best jumpers around,” said Baer.
Johnson was third in the state meet last year, while Lawrence was fifth in the triple jump.
With those girls garnering top placement points, others such as Taylor Coleman, a freshman long-jumper who also has speed for the track, are bringing results too. Coleman anchors some of the Lady Wolves relays.
Last year, the 4x100m relay and 4x400m relay teams qualified for the regional meet and Baer hopes to see a return in the events.
The science and art of finding the right puzzle pieces to comprise the roster for the 17 events is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle, Baer said.
“We’re constantly adjusting,” Baer said. “Sometimes when you find a sprinter, you realize they could be a jumper, too.”
Others competing in field events that are making progress are Megan Dadejo, who’s throwing the shot and discus for Timberview, as well as another young jumper, Zodie Abra.
Combined, the Lady Wolves have placed in the top three in all their meets thus far, but Baer isn’t yet concerned about the color of the medals.
“We’ve been making big improvements each week and the main objective isn’t to win meets,” Baer said. “We are looking to peak for the district meet. But working to peak at the right time is a process.”
That target meet is set for April 8-9 at DeSoto.
In helping prepare for the process of improvement, Timberview was competing last weekend at in the high school division at the TCU Invitational. Other sectors of the squad were competing in subvarsity divisions at meets at Dallas Jesuit and Lakeview Centennial.
The Lady Wolves, who started their workouts immediately following the Christmas break, have another month of hard competition to prepare them for the district meet.
Other contenders in the district are expected to be DeSoto, Cedar Hill and Duncanville, Baer said.