“Getting athletes out was huge,” Ross said. “I have an advantage being the defensive coordinator in that I had a relationship with many of the football players. I have invested a lot of time with those players and it paid off. Addison Staggs, Johnny Randle, Channell, Austin Richards are all state qualifiers who played football. They make me look good. Without them I have very little.”
Even with the team full of football players, when the season started, Westmoore came out of the gates slow. In the first meet of the season at Norman High they didn’t score a single point from its running events.
At that point, Ross said he wondered what he got him self into. But he had a plan and he stuck to it.
“My plan was to out work other programs and invest in each athlete,” Ross said. “I want them to know that I truly care about their success and I am willing to stay up here as long possible to see their dreams in track fulfilled.”
Every week the Jaguars started to show improvement. Then they started winning individual events then meets.
“Coach Ross has pushed us hard this year,” Randle said. “He doesn’t let us slack off. He pushes us. He doesn’t like to drag. He likes to work, work, work and get it done right. For some of us coming from football, we knew what to expect. For others, it took them a while to adjust to it.”
Westmoore heads into the 2013 state track and field championships as one of the top teams in the state. It’s not a favorite to win, but they are expected to do well. With three relay teams and a strong contingent in the field events, they may put a scare into a few of the elite teams.