Top: Northview track athletes got the chance to head outdoors in warmer than usual temperatures on Tuesday evening. Several members of the girls and boys teams will compete at DePauw University on Saturday.
(Bottom) Broc Miller and (middle) Jamie Bays work out with a 'drag' chute in Tuesday's practice. The chute helps add resistance to runners during workouts.
Unseasonably warm weather has given area Spring sports athletes and coaches the chance to head outdoors to practice their crafts this week. With temperatures reaching 60 degrees on Tuesday afternoon, Northview track and field athletes as well as softball players headed outside to work on their skills and conditioning in preparation for the upcoming season.
According to boys track coach Jeff Gambill, the chance to practice outside is important in the team's early season preparation.
"It mainly helps with injuries," noted Gambill. "We get the chance to get off the hard floor inside and that helps prevent some injuries."
Members of the track teams will be the first one's to see live competition when they compete in one of the NSR Track qualifier meets at DePauw University's indoor facilities on Saturday.
Members of the Knights will have the chance to qualify for the state NSR Meet on Saturday when they begin competition at 11 a.m. with field events and running trials.
"I'm not real concerned with the results (on Saturday)," said Gambill. "It's more of an opportunity for us to see where our fitness levels are, but I think we have a few who have a good shot at qualifying for the state meet."
Other regional dates are scheduled for Saturday at Taylor University and Anderson University. On March 8, Wabash University will be the site for a qualifier and Merrillville High School on March 9-10. The final qualifiers will be on March 11 at Purdue University, Anderson University and Indiana University.