C-SD’s biggest team yet preps for season

Dorchester Banner/Dave Ryan Members of the Cambridge-South Dorchester High School indoor track and field team gathered for a photo after their second day of practice on Friday. The team’s first meet will be at Snow Hill on Dec. 5.

Dorchester Banner/Dave Ryan
Members of the Cambridge-South Dorchester High School indoor track and field team gathered for a photo after their second day of practice on Friday. The team’s first meet will be at Snow Hill on Dec. 5.

CAMBRIDGE – There must be something about running, jumping and throwing that gets Vikings off the couch during the winter months. Because as the indoor track and field team gets ready for its third season at Cambridge-South Dorchester High School, the program has attracted more members than ever.

Though there’s still some coming and going, it looks like coaches will have about 60 boys and girls. Strictly speaking, that’s two teams, but since they train together, the athletes tend to refer to themselves as one.

“We’re heavy on sprinters this year,” Head Coach John Shaw said. That’s a change, and a positive development. In the past, the winter, indoor squad – much like the more established spring, outdoor team – has relied heavily on long-distance runners from the highly successful cross country teams.

Things seem to be evening out a bit, which should give coaches more options as they evaluate athletes’ skills and assign them to events. Those are pretty much the same as in spring, though there are fewer – no discus or long jump – and some of the race distances are different.

With only one indoor high school venue on Delmarva outside of Northern Delaware, schools from as far north as Smyrna, Delaware and Kent County, Maryland will join others right down through the Eastern Shore of Virginia at the Worcester County Recreation Center. Meets take place every Wednesday, starting around 2 p.m. The first will be on Dec. 5.

“Wow is all I can say,” Coach Shaw posted online. “The old saying goes, ‘If you build it, they will come,’ and that they did.”

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at dryan@newszap.com.

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