High Hopes for Springfield’s Jonathan Dayton Girls Track Team

The Girls Track Team before the Blue and Orange Scrimmage Credits: Chip Dickson
Running around the bend Credits: Chip Dickson
At the starting line Credits: Chip Dickson
The Orange Team Credits: Chip Dickson
Coach Salmon Credits: Chip Dickson
Boys Track team at work Credits: Chip Dickson
Boys Track team at work #2 Credits: Chip Dickson

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The Blue and Orange scrimmage took place Friday and just before it started, Jonathan Dayton Bulldogs girls track new head coach Greg Salmon said about this year’s team, “It is a relatively young team with lots of potential.”  He added that he “…has high hopes for the team this spring” and that this is a team of “…a very good group of young athletes who stay committed.” 

A few weeks ago, the team held time trials and Salmon said there were “…some good surprises.”  During spring track he hopes the athletes continue to progress throughout the season and hit their max peak around mid May.  What he asks of all the members of team is to always “Try your best”.

This is Salmon’s first year as head coach of the girls track team.  For the last five years he coached the athletes competing in events other than running.  An experienced distance runner, he has been looking forward to working with the runners.  Besides coaching, Salmon is Supervisor of the Science Department at Jonathan Dayton High School.  He joined the Springfield School System in 2010 after graduating from Rutgers in New Brunswick where he majored in Math and Physics.  

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There appear to be over 30 girls participating in spring track.  Based on last year’s enrollment numbers for the Springfield Schools; that number should increase as the average size of the middle school class was over 15 percent greater than the average size of the high school class.  As was true with the boys track team, the prospect of even more participants in girls track should build on one of the team’s strengths, which is already being one of the largest and deepest teams in Group 1.    

The first competition was Friday’s intra-squad match with the Blue team competing against the Orange team.  On March 30 a scrimmage is scheduled away against Millburn.  These scrimmages help get the athletes new to track get acclimated to the pace of a meet when multiple events occur at the same time.

Coach Salmon like Coach VanDeursen uses the dual meets to sense of where the athletes are and their potential.  This is done to be well prepared for the Conference meet and the Sectional meet.

The top three Dayton in each track event qualify for the Sectional at the end of May.  The top six in each event at the Sectional qualify for the State Championships in early June.

Training for spring track started at the beginning of March.  The first three weeks of training are designed to increase the endurance of the athletes and developing the whole body for injury prevention.  There is also base training which includes a half hour of warming up, dynamic stretching, etc.  Training in practices becomes more event specific by mid April and through May. 

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