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story.lead_photo.caption Democrat photo/Kevin LabotkaCalifornia Pintos track athletes warm up during practice.

The California Pintos track team is itching to hit the pavement this spring.

The Pintos track and field team began practices March 1. Even with last year’s season canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, head coach Justin Pflug said the team is approaching this year like it is a normal season.

“We have been working on getting into shape and skill development,” Pflug said.

One of the goals for the team this season is to improve at every meet it is in, and the other is to have fun after missing out on last season, Pflug said.

Early in the season, Pflug said the team is looking to improve its conditioning, as well as developing good practice habits.

Right now, Pflug said that each group of athletes is working on developing its own specific skillsets.

“The throwers are working on basic fundamentals to improve their throws,” Pflug said. “The sprinters are working on running and starting block technique, and the jumpers are working on their individual events and working to improve on their techniques.”

As the season moves on, Pflug said he would like to see the athletes keep pushing themselves.

“I would like to see our athletes continue to push themselves throughout the season and continue to improve at each competition,” Pflug said.

The team’s season begins at 3 p.m. March 23 at Russellville.

California Pintos track season schedule

March 23 - 3 p.m., at Russellville

March 25 - 4 p.m., at California Tri Track Relays

March 30 - 4 p.m., at North Callaway

April 16 - 3 p.m., at Boonville

April 20 - 4 p.m., at Osage

April 22 - 4 p.m., at Centralia

April 27 - 4 p.m., at Guy Rush Memorial at California

May 6 - 3:30 p.m., at Tri-County Conference at California

May 15-16 - TBA, at Class 3 District 4 track meet

May 28-30 - TBA, at State meet at Jefferson City High School

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