As with any new school, there are frequently events that are marketed as happening at home for the first time. One of these events that is due ample publicity is this Saturday’s Track and Field Catholic States.
Upon learning that the event was in need of a location this year, John Paul threw their name in the hat and after much discussion, was given the opportunity to hold the event on their home track. The team, coached by two-time All-Met Coach of the Year Mike Dobson, has consistently been a successful sport; one of, if not the most, successful of the 18 sports John Paul offers. In fact, the lone “State Championship” banner hanging from the gym’s wall is the Catholic States banner. The boys team were the Catholic State champions in 2012 and won it again last year in 2014. As defending champions, they go into the meet motivated; striving to repeat as champions and add a third year to the banner.The field events begin somewhere between 10 and 10:30 while the running events get underway at 11:30 AM. The meet and its numerous events will then continue on for a large portion of the day. There will be about eight teams each for both the guys and girls, so the grounds will be packed with people looking to observe the various events. As stated, the boys team is looking to defend their state title, while the girls are pursuing a very real possibility for their first state title.
Interesting races abound throughout the day, including the 4×1 and 4×4 relay, the high hurdles, and the mile run. As this is such a unique opportunity to show support of the team, the track members hope the school makes their presence known on Saturday and rallies around them as they compete.