CCHS track thanks sponsors with lunch

The Chilton County High School track program held a luncheon on March 4 to thank the sponsors that have shown support the team in 2017.

The event took place in the cafeteria at CCHS and was the first of its kind with the program.

Assistant coach Jason Baugh brought the idea to the attention of head coach Joe Jennings and the process of making it a reality began shortly after.

Twelve members make up this year’s track team with Christian Todd as the lone senior and captain.

Six sponsors were on hand to watch the team receive their 2017 warm-up suits. The team receives funding from a total of 37 sponsors.

According to Baugh, the event was well received by both parents and sponsors. Due to the excitement that surrounded the event, it has the opportunity to become an annual occurrence.

“We wanted to make sure that the sponsors got a grateful gesture for the money that they gave,” Baugh said.

This is the first year that Baugh is an assistant coach, but has been involved with the program for years, with his daughter on the team. Jennings has been head coach for the past three years.

“When we first started, we were both new at track,” Baugh said. “We’ve had to learn how to prepare a track team, and have gotten pretty proficient.”

An example of that proficiency was when Luevenia “Lulu” Woods broke the 100-meter school record as a senior last season.

According to Baugh, one of the major differences from other sports is that track is competed by individuals, with the exception of a relay.

“You train as a group, but you have to focus on individual talents as well,” Baugh said. “There are so many different aspects that someone could excel in.”

Lunch was catered by Sweet Alice’s BBQ and Buffalo Rock provided the drinks for the occasion.

Parents offered a helping hand with both decorations and materials, such as plates and cups.