Trevor VanCampen has been a key component to the Havre High track and field program
for a while now. In past years he has been responsible for developing the Blue
Pony sprinters. But now he's taking on the task of heading up the whole
operation, as he enters his first season as the head coach.
And it's been a tough transition for
VanCampen, only in terms of having to fight terrible spring weather in his
first year at the helm. Still, VanCampen is an enthusiastic and dedicated coach
and he's poised to point the Blue Pony track and field programs in the right
five questions with HHS's new head coach as he prepares to host his first Havre
Lions Invitational on Saturday.
HDN: What was your first priority coming in as the new Havre High
head track coach?
VanCampen: “My priority coming in was to just learn the history of the
program and to get familiar with the routine of the program and how it is ran.
Getting to know all the faces was also a priority, and getting to know who they
are and what events they compete in. I was just trying to familiarize myself
with the program as a whole, rather than just one event.”
What is the biggest different between
coaching one event and being the head coach?
VanCampen: “The biggest difference is how I have to spend time with each
event. I have to plan out accordingly the needs of each sprinter and spend time
with them accordingly, but that is multiplied tenfold as everybody and every
event needs me and needs to talk to me. When it comes to time it is just
important to keep everything in check and prioritized.”
HDN: What team goals would you like to see accomplished this
“To keep everybody (athlete) who started
the season out for the program. We need to keep a solid nucleus of boys and
girls, and that would give us something to continue to build on next year. We
want to keep building towards the future, but our immediate goals are to bring
home hardware and to compete at divisionals.”
HDN: What is it going to take to make the Blue Pony track team a
dominant team in the Class A?
VanCampen: “That kind of goes with keeping the numbers up and keeping
track fun for the kids. But as long as we are continuing to compete hard and
having fun, I think our numbers will stay steady. That is what Montana is
facing right now, there are more sports offered in the spring than just track,
but if we can keep it fun I think our numbers will stay steady.”
HDN: What meet do you look forward to competing at the most during
VanCampen: “Obviously we want to take as many kids to state as we can, but
I like competing at divisionals because we get to go head to head with all of
the teams in our division. It is nice to face and beat the rival teams year in
and year out, and that’s what it’s going to take to put this team on top.”