New Albany track prepares to host first meet

It has been four years since New Albany has last hosted a track meet at the high school, but that will change next Thursday, March 6, when the school hosts a five-team invitational at the newly renovated track at Kitchens’ Field.
Head track coach Rolandus Cox talked about the excitement surrounding the event, which will feature his team, along with East Union, Myrtle, Tupelo Christian Prep and Ripley.
“I want to give thanks to the administration for having the foresight to move forward with repaving the track as well as for giving me some great assistant coaches to work with,” Cox said.
The program has seen an increase in participants, large in part to the new track, which was renovated last year. With the growing team comes the increase in assistants. Helping Cox this season are Bert Anderson, Anna Lisa Powell, Austin Epting and Jason Riles, who also worked with Cox last season.
New Albany looks for success primarily in the field events, where Chris Brown and Lorenz Jones stand out in the long jump and triple jump, respectively. Cox also mentioned the addition of Austin Howard and Devonte Bradley for the discus and shot put and the success they can have this season.
“I was very young last year, and I’m still young again this year,” he said. “I have four seniors this year that I know I’ll miss after they graduate. For three of them, this is their first year to run, and it’s because of the new track. We should be strong in the field events, as well as some on the track if we continue to improve each week, particularly with each track meet.”
This is the first of three meets New Albany will host this season. After next week’s competition, the school will host the Bulldog Relays on March 23. New Albany currently has 13 teams signed up for that event, and the final meet at Kitchens’ Field will take place on April 12. In that invitational, 13 teams are currently signed up to participate. Excitement is building for, not only the upcoming meets, but for the track program in general at the high school.
“Everyone’s excited about hosting a track meet here,” Cox said. “None of the kids have run in a meet at New Albany, so I’ve tried to explain to them what it will be like, but words cannot describe being able to run in front of your classmates, family and the community, it will be an honor for them. I’m just excited for the opportunity for them to do that.”
Next Thursday’s track meet is set to being at 3:30 p.m.