This is a special and in some ways a magical time of year for those of us who are involved or wherever involved in Track & Field as coaches or athletes. This is the time of year that the all the training is pointed toward, the peak competitive season, the time when you reap the fruits of your labor. It is a time of great anticipation and doubt. Doubt because you have more time to think, have I done enough or have I done too much. The real cool part of it all is that it will come out on the track or in the field. You have to lay it on the line. As a coach it is your final exam. I remember one of my athletes at Cal setting a personal best in javelin in our dual meet against Stanford, getting the measurement and running back down the runway and yelling – I am peaking, I am peaking. She was and she did, going on three weeks later to win AIAW National Championship in the Heptathlon. This is the time of year when I really miss being a track coach. This week is the Masters Meet in CIF Southern Section, wish I could be there. Next week is California State meet. I have so many great memories of the joy and the disappointment from those meets. For those of you who are coaching track now, enjoy it, be confident in your preparation and let the athletes perform.
As an aside it is 75 year ago today that Jesse Owns set four world records in forty minutes. In my book he is the greatest of all time, one of the few athlete heroes that I have. I got to meet him in 1969, in my first week of coaching when he came to talk to the team at Santa Barbara High School. He was a real class act, a man who should be an inspiration to us all.