Olympic athletes headed back to Integrity Stadium for outdoor workouts this week under guidance of coaches, trainers and ADs
By George Edgar
For West Sound SportsPlus
SILVERDALE — Under wet and windy skies Thursday afternoon, the Olympic Trojans finally took to the field.
About 60 athletes were at Integrity Stadium and the adjacent fields at Olympic High School, doing stretching and running drills as their coaches put them through the paces and getting them back in the shape for their respective sports.
“It’s awesome,” said Olympic athletic director Nate Andrews about seeing the athletes coming to work outs. “It’s about culture building, fitness, and physical activity.”
Athletic trainer Scott Peck echoed those sentiments.
“It’s awesome to see the kids and get them active. Activity is good for the mind and the body,” he said. “It gives them looking forward to do something.”
The athletes were split into 16 pods and put through coronavirus protocols before they could work out. Football players mostly occupied the football field, as coach Sal Quitevis, Jr. had six groups of players working out. Girls basketball, volleyball, and cheerleaders were also out and about.
Soccer coach Steve Haggerty had only three players out at the other end of the football field, but was glad to finally get out of the house and on the field.
“I love it,” the longtime coach said. “I just wish I had more players.”
More players are expected to come out as they go through an attestation form — a document declaring certain information is true — online to show they don’t have symptoms. The players also have their temperatures checked at the stadium prior to workouts.
“I’m proud of my staff,” Andrews continued. “They stepped up. This gives the kids the opportunity to get out of the house.”
On the football field, Quitevis had his players go through running drills to get them fit. Before Thursday, players were working out on their own at the stadium.
“I’m glad,” said Olympic senior David Diaz. “It’s good to be back. It’s awesome.” The waiting, when the athletic directors were furloughed and everything was in limbo, was the worst. “It was tedious; it was annoying,” he said about the wait.
There was a blue and silver lining in all this. Another Olympic senior, Angel Alvarado said, “It gave us time to train. That helped us.”
The Olympic coaches are looking forward in the days to come when more athletes complete the protocols and arrive at the stadium ready to work out.
“It’s good to get out and have some fun,” Quitevis said. “It’s a good thing for the players.”