Track and Field Program
Track and Field
For the video game, see Track & Field (video game).
Track and field
Track and field is a sport comprising various competitive athletic contests based around the activities of running, jumping and throwing. The name of the sport derives from the venue for the competitions: a stadium which features an oval running track surrounding a grassy area.
The throwing and jumping events generally take place within the central enclosed area.
Track and field is one of the sports which (along with road running, cross-country running and race walking) makes up the umbrella sport of athletics. It is under the banner of athletics that the two most prestigious international track and field competitions are held: the athletics competition at the Olympic Games and the IAAF World Championships in Athletics. The International Association of Athletics Federations is the international governing body for track and field.
Track and field events are generally individual sports with athletes challenging each other to decide a single victor. The racing events are won by the athlete with the fastest time, while the jumping and throwing events are won by the athlete who has achieved the greatest distance or height in the contest. The running events are categorised as sprints, middle and long-distance events, relays, and hurdling. Regular jumping events include long jump, triple jump, high jump and pole vault, while the most common throwing events are shot put, javelin, discus and hammer. There are also “combined events”, such as heptathlon and decathlon, in which athletes compete in a number of the above events.
Sequoia Track and Field Program and Schedule
Sequoia’s Track and Field program is designed to give students the opportunity to entertain events and activities inwhich they would not otherwise have to chance to. Track and Field encourgages one on one and team ethics.
Running is an effective way to increase your cardiovascular fitness, lose weight, and even reverse bone loss. In addition to these benefits, running track promotes competition and encourages you to improve your running ability while promoting teamwork.
No one expects to eat three cheeseburgers and fries and then go out and set a personal record at a track meet. Coaches encourage athletes to eat properly before and after races. You perform better and feel better when you have proper nutrition during training. A healthy diet allows you to perform to the best of your abilities, so when you are running track you tend to have a more healthy diet.
Track is an individual as well as team sport. How you perform affects the team, especially in situations such as relay races. All four members are equally important in the race. Each plays a role in the team’s efforts to win. If even one runner does not perform at his best, the whole team may suffer or have to compensate to make up for his weakness.
In addition to this team bond at track meets, friendships are formed during practices. Runners are expected to train daily and have to endure workouts together. This forms bonds that help make the team stronger.
Running improves your cardiovascular fitness, as well as decreases your risk of a stroke or heart attack. If these habits are started at an early age, then you are more likely to incorporate them in your daily activities. Running also burns fat and increases muscle tone. According to the CDC, an “estimated 17 percent of children and adolescents ages 2-19 years are obese.” These statistics only reinforce that running through an organized source, such as track, can improve a participant’s life, not just health.
2013 Track and Field Schedule
For more information about the organization sponsoring this program, please visit: www.runsra.org