4/11/2013 6:00:00 AM Calling all Volunteers Months of planning has LWHS ready to host first-ever track meet today
Lee Williams High’s Megan Barnes and Shaundeen Bear compete in the girls 4x400 relay during the Kingman High Multiple last month. LWHS will host River Valley and Kingman High today in the first ever varsity home meet in school history. RODNEY HAAS/Miner
KINGMAN - Lee Williams track coach Joan Abraham is like a student studying for an upcoming test.
The Volunteers coach has been analyzing some of the finer details of LWHS' previous five track meets, jotting down things like flags for relay zones, hurdles and a small stair case placed at the start/finish line. These things will be needed when the school hosts its first-ever meet today, which is test day for Abraham.
"Having not done it in recent history, I'm trying to figure out what we need to have," Abraham said. "I've been taking notes. 'I need to get this and I need to get that,' and we are just trying to make sure we have everything, equipment-wise."
Luckily for Abraham, she won't be alone. Besides the help of her assistant coach Eugene Kramer, she is also getting help from Kingman High head track coach Rob York, who is bringing over a computerized system that seeds runners after the heats. KHS assistant track coach Ron Anthony is going to help with starting races.
"We are doing the best we can and hopefully everything will go okay," Abraham said. "Coach York at Kingman High has been great and Mr. Anthony is going to run our starting gun. We've got some seasoned veterans for our crew and hopefully it will run smoothly,"
Besides being the school's first track meet at home, today's meet will also be the first home varsity match for any sport, as the school only has three varsity-level sports in the school's first year.
"It's really exciting for the kids," Abraham said. "They haven't had anything for two weeks. This is our first big one. They are pretty excited about it."
Abraham said that Kramer was instrumental in getting a home meet for LWHS as away for the kids to take ownership of something.
"(Kramer) was the one that really said, 'We need to do a home meet so our kids can take pride in it,'" Abraham said.
In addition to the track team helping with the clearing of hurdles and getting things set up for the next race, members of the LWHS booster club and the drama club at the school will be manning the concession stand.
However, with all the hard work and planning that has gone on into putting on the meet, like every new adventure there are bound to be some growing pains.
"It's good because it's a small one. It's just the three teams. If it had been any bigger, then I think it would be too overwhelming," Abraham said. "We need a small one just to get started."