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Goddard’s new track coach likes his team

Goddard’s Tara Winters makes an attempt at a high jump at the Wool Bowl Thursday. (David Rocha Photo)

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Goddard track team has a new coach. It’s a familiar face to those around the program. Chris Deck was the throw’s coach before taking over the reigns of Dave Fredericks.

“I had been the throw’s coach,” Deck said. “It’s been really fun to put it all together now. We’re just getting going, these early season meets are about getting times on the kids and seeing where we’re at and start to build from here.”

Goddard has run in two varsity meets, and one junior varsity meet early in the season. Many folks think junior varsity track meets are for junior varsity, but a lot of times they are qualifiers for state. Sometimes varsity runners will run in a junior varsity meet to qualify for state.

What makes the job easier for Deck is he already has some qualifiers for state. Destiny Lawrence has already qualified in the 100-meter dash. Lawrence won the 200-meter last season. Coach Deck is trying to get her qualified for the 200-meter on Thursday’s meet or today at Lovington.

Goddard’s shot-putter John Flores has qualified in the shot put. Flores has thrown 51 feet, one-half inch in the Carlsbad meet, which has been the best throw in the state so far this season. Two-time defending state champion Bailey Beene has qualified in the javelin as well.

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“Instead of being over there with the throwers,” Deck said. “I have to be everywhere now. It’s been a challenge, but it has been a fun challenge. Really piecing together all the different events, it’s been fun. I have a good staff that’s helping me. My assistant coaches are Chris Roybal, Ryan Green, Scott Austin and Ricardo Valenzuela. They do a great job helping, so I can be everywhere and piece this together.”

Deck is happy with his boys relay teams; they are mainly comprised of football players. Deck believes running track helps the football players become faster, stronger and more explosive on the field but also on the track.

“I know the football players come out here and grind hard every day,” Deck said. “I’ve got some good relays with the football players. With the boys, Goddard finished in the junior varsity meet in Artesia last week. And we were close to winning that. I’m looking forward to making a big, big push today. We have some pretty exciting freshmen boys.”

The track team is trying to find a girl’s relay team, and in the meet with Gateway, Artesia, and Roswell on Thursday and on Friday, they will experiment with different girls to find a relay team. Since basketball season is over with some of the players are starting to come out for the team.

For Thursday’s relay, Deck has some new girls coming out to run their first race. He would like to get times in the open and look at their relay. With three events behind them this season, Deck is using the regular season to build toward winning a district title this season.

“We don’t get great numbers for track,” Deck said. “But the kids we have are absolutely phenomenal. It is one of my goals here as the coach, to get more kids to come out for track and better themselves as athletes, get faster and jump higher for their sport.”

Today, Goddard travels to Lovington, as they will take schools from Texas, Alamogordo, Hobbs and Roswell. Deck is interested in seeing his kids compete against the best and see where they stack up. For his athletes who are at the top already, Deck wants to see them if they can continue to push themselves.

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