5 Things You Didn’t Know About Spring Sports

Zoe Lopez, Staff Writer

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The season of spring is here. With spring comes the blooming of bluebonnets, lake days and the start and success of many high school sports. Here are five things you may, (or may not have known), about our current spring sports.  

  Track

1. Any reaction time faster than .1 second is considered to be a false start.

2. All the races in track & field were once measured in yards, but are now measured in meters.

3. The fastest man alive runs at about 22 mph.

4. Human physiology dictates that a runner’s top speed cannot be maintained for more than thirty seconds because lactic acid builds up once leg muscles begin to be deprived of oxygen.

5. “After years of weekly ice baths, they actually get less cold,” senior Gretta Smith said.

  Baseball

1. Each baseball has exactly 108 stitches.

2. The term “Texas Leaguer” refers to the pop fly that falls between the infielder and outfielder.

3. The chance that a fan can be hit by a baseball is 30,000 to 1.

4. Nolan Ryan had the longest career in baseball history, lasting 27 years.

5. “The average fastball is 95 mph,” junior Brandon Kura said.

  Softball

1. Softball was originally meant to be an inside sport, which is why each base is 60 feet apart.

2. In 2005, softball was removed from the USA Olympics. The next chance they will have to rejoin the Olympics will be in 2016.

3. If you have two strikes, two balls and you hit a foul ball, you are called out.

4. Madison Collins hit the first grand slam of the Vandegrift Varsity softball’s team history at the beginning of the 2012 season.

5. “Softball doesn’t directly derive from baseball,” senior Madison Tierney said.

 

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