New coach, same enthusiasm as outdoor track begins season

UHSSE’s outdoor track sprinters at practice.

Outdoor Track spring season and University High School is officially up and running. Ran by Head Coach Melvin Mitchell who is beginning his first year as head coach of the program.

Coach Mitchell has been an assistant for both indoor and outdoor track and is taking over for Coach Brown, who stepped down after many years of leading the program.

The first meet was a home meet at Weaver High School at 3:45 pm on April 6 but due to weather was canceled. The team got to compete at Weaver on April 13. No one qualified for states but several PRs were set.

Amaris DeRosia-Estwick ’26 said her favorite thing about the track so far is “running”.

“My favorite thing about the track so far is being able to improve in my physicals and the opportunities,” said Makayla Forde ‘26. “As well as to improve in track [and] other sports by improving my stamina and durability.”

This year has been the largest turnout in a few years with over 50 student-athletes on the roster for this season. Everyone on the team has been enthusiastic and looking forward to this season.

“The few students that would do well this season for our sprinting event are Dario Soto ‘24, Chelsea Thompson ‘26, and Amaris DeRosia-Eastwick ‘26,” said Head Coach Mitchell.

“My goal [and] expectation is to beat my record,” said Amaris DeRosia-Estwick ’26.

“My goal is to get a faster start as well as being better at lock starting and working on getting a better running form,” said Makayla Forde ‘26.

“The biggest challenge for everyone is always to try and push through,” said Head Coach Mitchell. “The soreness your body goes through at the start of the season.”