The successful Enterprise High School track and field program will enter into a new era in 2020 with new head coach Brad Fortney and a brand new track and field complex on campus.
The track and field complex is going to give EHS the opportunity to host track meets for the first time and it’s also got the athletes excited about the season.
“There’s been a lot of interest (in the program) and kids have been coming out,” Fortney said. “It’s very nice to have our own track, which is huge for us. “
Fortney said that he has been pleased with his athletes so far in training.
“They come out and work hard and it’s been a really good group to be around,” he said. “We have big hopes for the season. The way we’ve been attacking everyday I think we’re going to have a great season.”
Fortney will be joined this season by assistant coaches Marc Jones, Jennifer Fortney and Steve Kracht. He pointed to LZ Leonard, Jaylon Webster and Tyrone Clark as runners that have stood out thus far in training, along with Rachel Peterson, Aniyah Kitt and Amarriia Leggett on the girls side.
“I think they’ve all been doing really well and I think they’re our leaders on the pack right now,” Fortney said. “They’ve been doing a good job of pushing each other and it’s been all together, too. The guys and girls work together to push each other.”
The track and field program will also get more members as basketball players like Josh McCray, Jalen Cunningham, Jared Smith and Quentin Hayes join the team following the end of basketball season.
That group, along with Leonard, Webster and Clark, are all football players, as well. Fortney – who is an assistant football coach – said that he’s excited to have so many football players competing in track and field this season.
“There’s a huge amount of football guys out for track and both Coach (Rick) Darlington and Coach (Jed) Kennedy are huge supporters of it,” Fortney said. “That’s been a blessing for us because you don’t see that everywhere.
“Everywhere I’ve been if you have a good track team then you have a good football team, and vice versa. We even have linemen out here. That’s huge for us. Multisport athletes are great and it really helps create a competitive atmosphere.”
For athletes like Smith an added benefit for him will be continuing to rebuild confidence on a surgically repaired knee – which occurred following the 2018 football season – as well.
“It’s going to be big for him and just his confidence,” Fortney said. “It will build that confidence up to just come out here and spring and compete.”
Enterprise will play host to its first track meet on Feb. 29 with the Leap Year Invite and then again with the Enterprise Invite on March 7 and Wildcat Invite on March. 27.