Houlton/GHCA Track and Field Team’s Grit Propels Them to Success

Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 8:43 PM EDT
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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) - No track, no place to practice throwing events, no problem. Houlton/ GHCA still figures out ways to make it work.

“It feels so good to just go and be able to beat teams that have all these facilities and I don’t know, it just shows a lot about us that we are able to continue working even without the proper equipment,” says senior Emma Ardell.

“They make do with what we have which is just a parking lot and things I’ve made and brought to practice for them,” said Head Coach Chris Rines.

He’s created starting blocks and pole vaults, all to help his student-athletes. The homemade equipment and the underlying motivation seem to be working because this year, the girls’ team won their first ever Aroostook County Championship.

“I spent like the last two weeks leading up that championship just trying to think of every possible scenario, where we could pick up points,” said Rines.

“Almost every athlete contributed to that win which was really awesome,” said junior Samantha Johnson.

Even though they may not have a lot to work with, the student-athletes say Houlton/GHCA track and field does have a secret formula.

“I think it has a lot to do with team spirit and I think that our coaches do an amazing job,” said Ardell.

A lot of people might see track and field and think that it’s an individual sport, but once you get that team atmosphere and you try to drive that home, it does change the dynamic,” said Rines.

Between the coaches and the work effort we’ve been putting in as a team, it;s been really good,” said senior Jeremy Stone.

The team will compete in states this weekend.

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