Coach Trina McFadden looking for consistent success for Spring Valley girls’ track-and-field team
Trina McFadden is entering her third season as the head coach of the Spring Valley High girls’ track-and-field team and her eighth season as a coach within the program.
She says she’s seen firsthand the highs and lows of the program but says she’s seeing things from a totally different perspective now as head coach.
“There is a lot of pressure being the head coach,” McFadden said. “When I was an assistant coach I felt the pressure, but not as much as the head coach. All of it kind of rides on your shoulders.”
However, McFadden says she’s had great support from members of the team, specifically during a time that she says has been all about making Spring Valley a top team in the South Carolina track-and-field world.
This past fall, McFadden coached the girls’ cross country team to an undefeated Region IV AAAA regular season and a sixth-place finish in the state.
She plans on having the same success with her track-and-field team this spring.
“As a head coach, I’ve been in the rebuilding phase the past two years,” she said. “I had a great cross country season and great assistant coaches for cross country. I have great assistant coaches for track. This is the first year that we’re actually seeing the benefits of our hard work.”
McFadden says the work being done inside the weight room has been key for her squad early in the season. She credits Spring Valley strength coach Ben Fields for helping get the team in top condition.
“He’s spent a lot of time with us in the preseason, just helping us build our muscle tone in both distance and sprint (running),” McFadden said. “We physically look stronger than we have in a very long time.”
McFadden said the strength training also has helped runners who had chronic injuries last year avoid reoccurring injuries this season.
McFadden says she has a number of runners she will look to for leadership and production this season, two of whom are junior Kennay Agnew and sophomore Lanesa Mahone.
Agnew will compete in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes along with the 4-x-100 meter and 4-x-400 meter relay, while Mahone will run the 100-meter dash and the 4-x-100 meter relay in addition to being a high jumper.
Senior Hannah Staudt will be key in the pole vault, senior Keisha Greene will compete in the high jump and senior Raven Fleming will be counted on in the shot put and discuss events.
Two freshmen McFadden has her eye on for the long-distance events will be Claudia Cannon and Breanna Murrin.
McFadden says the Vikings’ goal is to end the season performing at a high level in the state championship meet. She said she thinks her team has a chance to do just that if they can consistently perform well during the season and in high-profile meets.
“We look to hopefully be in the top four or five in the state this year,” she said. “It’s just going to take for us to be injury free, to continue to work hard and get those points when we need the points.”