When you have a new athletics program like Haslet Eaton High School, the goal is to establish as many young quality athletes as possible to build for the future.
Enter Landree Yocom, the incoming sophomore distance runner who finished third at the district cross country meet in 2015 and then went on to qualify for regionals in two events in track and field season, just missing qualifying for state in the 800 meters by .02 seconds.
Cross country and track coach Justin Gretzinger said that Yocom is exactly the kind of runner a coach wants on his team.
“Landree Yocom is a quiet team leader of a group of 10 freshman girls we had last year,” Gretzinger said. “She is always doing the right thing and leads by example. In the next three years, I will be looking for her guidance of the younger classes. She shows the others how hard work will pay off.”
Yocom, 15, said she was happy with how her team performed this past year and said that there is only room to grow in coming seasons.
“I think that the girls team performed very well last season,” Yocom said. “We had talented individuals that helped push the team forward in our invitational races and then in district to advance to regionals.”
Yocom also plays soccer at Eaton and said her plan for the offseason is to really push herself on miles and building stamina.
“Over the summer, I plan to work on endurance, as we are going from racing only two miles to a 5K,” Yocom said. “And with the endurance I will have to work on dropping my times and work on my pace.”
To continue to improve upon the season the Lady Eagles enjoyed in 2015, Yocom said it will take a couple of things this coming fall.
“For our team to have another strong season next year, it will take hard work and effort as well as everyone showing up to practice, and the upperclassmen showing the incoming freshmen how and what we did to have a successful season last year,” Yocom said.