Big Spring High School girls' track coach Nick Roberson believes a window of opportunity is opening for his team.
The Lady Steers will send 10 athletes to the Region I-3A track meet, which starts Monday in Lubbock, and Roberson believes that large number is but a harbinger of things to come for the program.
Seniors Desiree Anderson and Chanvel Cuviello, juniors April Turner, Cerbi Ritchey and Bridgette Tuitt, sophomores Bianca Ryle and Jaycee Williams and freshmen Morgan Seaton, Donisha McGree and Dyrshae Vandervilt will represent BSHS at the regional meet.
This isn't the first year that Roberson has had talented athletes in his program, but he's never had this much quality at these kind of numbers.
“The biggest difference from last year is our depth,” Roberson said. “We didn't lose any girls off that team, and we've had some good young girls come in and contribute.”
The Lady Steers narrowly missed a team title at the District 5-3A meet earlier this month, but Roberson believes they will be in the mix for the regional championship.
“We know there will be some strong teams there, but we feel we're in the hunt for the regional title,” he said. “Both of our relays are undefeated this year, both of them broke school records and both are among the top times in the state in Class 3A.”
One of the reasons behind the team's success is a family-type atmosphere, Anderson said.
“I honestly think we have even better chemistry than we had last year,” said the senior, who will compete in both relays, the long jump, triple jump and 100-meter dash. “We push each other all the time, but we also help each other, too.”
“It's like a sister thing,” Tuitt added. “A lot of us run the same events, so we compete with each other a lot and help each out.”
Roberson said the combination of talent and team chemistry has made for a memorable group of athletes.
“This is definitely a special group of girls,” he siad. “I don't know that if I'll ever have the same kind of group again. It's something you just don't find every day. And the nice part? They want to win just as bad as I do.”