COMO – For Greg Roller coaching track has always been a family affair.
As the new Como-Pickton Eagles head track coach Roller brings over 35 years of coaching knowledge to the track from lessons he has learned from being a coach’s son.
At Como-Pickton, the sand pits have been tilled, hurdles dusted off, and the stopwatches are set in preparation for the 2009 track and field season.
“I remember my dad coaching my relay team in high school, and there wasn’t a year that we didn’t work hard to succeed,” recalled Roller. “I am very excited about this time of year. Track has always been my passion.”
Although C-P is not currently boasting an Olympic Michael Johnson or famed Forrest Gump, Roller is positive for the junior high and high school prospects.
“I wasn’t sure what to think on the first day of high school boys track practice when all I had show up was a lone runner, Angel Hernandez,” said Roller. “He has been very coachable.”
Roller has his sights set on one destination — state.
He remembers last year when Rochelle (a small school in central Texas) won the Class A division track meet with a one girl team, so it is not impossible. Luckily, interest in the sport has increased since basketball has ended.
Track by definition is a team sport comprised of individual and team events on and off the track. “I want those interested in field events, especially the upperclassmen, to realize that track is a team sport. For a team to win a meet you have to score the most points as a whole, so to be successful we need to win in as many events as possible,” coach said. “If I can take anything from what I’ve learned from my dad and other successful coaches, is that a good track program is essential to an overall productive athletic program. The theory is simple — if you can get them good in track all the other sports will follow suit.”
In keeping it in the family, Roller will be coaching his own son, Alex, an eighth-grader.
Assistant coaches for C-P track and field are Travis Woods and Bo Yates.
Como-Pickton Eagles will open their season this afternoon with a meet at Grand Saline.
Como-Pickton will host a junior high boys meet on Monday, March 9 and a high school meet on Thursday, March 12.
2009 Track Schedule
Fri. Feb. 27 at Grand Saline
Sat. March 7 at Hawkins
Thurs. March 12 at Como-Pickton
March 16–21 TBA
Sat. March 28 at Canton
Thurs. April 2 at Winona
Thurs. April 9 TBA
Wed. Apr.15-16 District Meet at Grand Saline
April 23–25 Regional Qualifiers – TBA
May 1-2 Regional Meet at Tarleton State, Stephenville
May 7–9 State Qualifiers – TBA
Fri. May 15-16 State Meet @ Mike A. Myers Stadium, Austin
March 2–6 TAKS
Mon. March 9 at Como-Pickton
Mon. March 16 at Grand Saline
Mon. March 23 at Alba-Golden
Mon. March 30 District Meet at Como-Pickton
Assistant Coaches: Travis Woods and Bo Yates Como-Pickton C.I.S.D.
Athletic Director: Paul Tullis P.O. Box 18
Superintendent: Sandra Billodeau Como, Texas 75431
High School Principal: Jeanne Lay (903) 488-3080
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