Corona has never been known as an overly populated place, and that translates to the school’s population.
Not many students means not many athletes, and that means the Corona track contingent will be particularly small this season.
“We’ve had so many kids sick, it’s been really hard to get a commitment,” said Corona coach Trish Cox. “But I think I have three boys that will do it, and possibly one girl. That’s about it. It will be a real small team this year.”
Cox is in her second year leading the Cardinals, and two of her athletes are also her sons, senior Connor and junior Cabel.
The third boy is junior Luke Lueras, and all three were able to make trips to Albuquerque for the Class 1A State meet last season.
That, at least, could bode well for Corona’s chances at a medal. They already know what it takes to get there, can they do well enough to get to the podium?
“We’re going to try and get more training going this year, particularly for the boys that are wanting to do the throwing events,” Cox said. “We’ve got a few new weightlifting equipment, we’ll work on that with them.”
In addition to the throwing events, Cabel Cox is also hoping to run the 100 in preparation of other sports in the future.
As for the girls, the only Cardinal who has said she might run is sophomore Brittanya Dickinson, who played volleyball last season but hasn’t been on the court this year because Corona didn’t put out a team.
Also, there’s a question of whether her parents will allow her to compete at Corona when they live so from from the Cardinals’ school district.
Corona is a ranching town, so it makes sense that getting kids to run track in the spring can be a challenge. Spring is when most of these kids climb in a saddle and and run the rodeo circuit.
Indeed, last year the only girls that ran for Corona were sisters Aubrey and Koelle Brandenburger. Aubrey graduated and Koelle has transferred to Capitan this season.
With the challenges already in place, Cox said they’re using everything at their disposal to give her athletes an advantage.
“We’re filming them to critique their performances,” Cox said. “That should help make it easier to focus on their goals and make them better athletes.”