The Track Meet This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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   Pack. Clothes. Shoes. Water. Spikes. Uniform.

Ponytail.

Anxious. Ride.

Bus. Long. Relax. Arrive.

Track.

Asphalt. Oval. Crowds.

Nervous.

Knot. Butterflies. Swallow.

Resolve. Supplies. Carry. Blocks.

Off. Settle.

Laps. Stretch.

Field Events.

Wait.

Watch. Cheer. Yell. Encourage.

Talk. Laugh.

Nearer.

Wait.

Breathe. Nervous.

First Call.

Run. Stretch. Distracted. Huddle. Talk.

Second Call.

Watch. Assigned. Numbers.

Opponents. Good Luck.

Thanks.

Last Call.

Lanes. Staggered Starts. Heartbeats.

Quickly. Nervous.

Down. Marks. Set. Position.

Gun. Fire. Blast.

GO!

Respond. Run. Move. Breathe.

Yells. Cheers. Excitement.

Curve.

Keep Up.

Straight-away. Halfway. Focus.

Kick. Speed. Sprint.

Look. Hustle.

Homestretch. Fast. Faster.

Long. Stride. People.

Blur.

Concentrate. Form. Arms.

Pump. Up. Down.

Up. Down.

Exhausted. Numbness. Body. Screams. Haze.

Dry Mouth. Heart. Bursts.

Line. Cross. Relief.

Stop.

Walk. Heave. Gasp. Calm.

Hugs. Congratulations.

Placement.

Times. Off. Walk.

Coach. Smile. Good Job. Encourage.

Think. Talk. Laugh.

Relax.

Done.




This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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jtsmash829 said...
Dec. 10, 2009 at 4:13 pm
im a trackie myself, so i really enjoyed this!
 
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