Big Spring girls’ track coach Nick Roberson can’t hide the excitement when he talks about the team he has this year.
There’s talent across the board and a good mix of youth and experience.
“Our expectations for our team this year are at the highest level,” Roberson said. “I have one expectation for this team and that’s to be very successful. For years, I’ve been building. I haven’t had any senior leadership or any leaders to speak up. Now my young ones have grown up, and I’ve got some young ones behind them.”
He’ll get a chance to see what his girls can do at the Texas Tech Indoor Invitational Saturday in Lubbock.
Roberson said this meet is simply a warm-up for the outdoor meets later this season. It should be a good warm-up, too. The Lady Steers are going to see a wide range of teams from all classes and even some from the area. District rivals Abilene Wylie and Brownwood are two schools that will be at the meet.
What excites Roberson so much is the depth of talent he has. From pole vaulters to sprinters, there’s not a weak link.
Just a few names to look out for throughout the season are Texas State signee Desiree Anderson, Bridgette Tuitt, Cerbi Ritchey, Carson Reibe and April Turner.
Tuitt and Anderson will be competing in the long jump Saturday and Roberson said he is hoping for good marks early.
He said it should be a new experience for some of the girls, considering the meet is at the Athletic Training Center on Tech’s campus and college coaches will be in attendance.
Anderson said it’s early in the season, so a lot of the Lady Steers will be working to get in midseason form.
“I’m just hoping we all go out and do our best,” she said. “We’re not all physically fit and ready for the season to come. I’m just hoping everyone does their best.”
Tuitt shares the same sentiment with her coach concerning the talent this team has this year.
“Some girls, we’ve been watching them since they’ve been in seventh grade,” she said. “Now that they’re here finally, it’s like we’ve seen so much and we know what they’re capable of. So, we don’t expect anything less.”