Bears hope to improve upon 2012

Posted at: 04/04/2013 8:32 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- They might not be practicing outside yet, but the Byron track team is itching for another great year - all 180 of them.

"We have 90 boys and 90 girls out again this year. The numbers are good and track and field is a lot about numbers," said head coach Charro Coleman.

The Byron girls team finished fifth at the state tournament last year, while the boys placed tenth. They could easily do just as well this year.

"This year I'm really excited for our team, we have a lot of returning seniors and we're looking really good so far," said Byron senior Robert Mesenburg. "I'm really excited to see what we can do this year."

"There's pressure to get back to state but I think we'll just do our best and work hard and see what comes of that," explained senior Jillian Krier.

The receipe for succes on this Bears team is emphasizing just that...the team.

"My focus is team first and I try and portray that to the kids," said Coleman. "Sometimes you don't always want to do certain events and things like that so I really emphasize that if there's something you can do to contribute to the team, you should. You don't have to do it all season long, but in those big meets. They're pretty good about it, they understand that when we get to those big meets one of our goals is usually as a team to place well, and they've always stepped up."

So while the Byron track might not be in top form, the team clearly is. They're aiming high for 2013 and have all the tools to make it happen.