There is something about track photos that please our eyes more so than many sports.
Maybe it’s because a track meet is a sport with many sports built into one meet, one playing area, each requiring a varying amount of speed, strength, stamina and technique.
Maybe it’s the facial expressions of determination, angst, and then finally accomplishment on the face of competitors.
Maybe it’s how the body stretches, then bends, then twists and seemingly freezes in midair during the pole vault, long jump and high jump. Maybe it’s how the dirt of the pits splashes a long-jumper’s face the way pool water hits us after a cannonball.
Maybe it’s the look of a competitor letting go of the pole during the vault knowing they had just cleared a personal or state best and were about to descend in a free fall from higher than most of us could ever imagine.
Maybe it’s the outstretched leg of a hurdler seemingly perfectly symmetrical with the track below, and even better, hurdlers stride for stride clearing the hurdles in near unison.
Maybe it’s the point of release on the shot, where the throwers strength and technique need to coincide to combine for the perfect throw.
Or maybe it’s the look when athletes are finished, realizing they had pushed their body and will to the limits, just as their competitors standing beside them had done the same. Each competitor pushing the other, yet, in reality, each competitor pushing themselves, no matter the distance or time, often to point of pure exhaustion.
No matter the reason, track and field never disappoints with the images it provides.
So here is our look back at the 2019-2020 indoor track season through the lenses of our talented photographers.
We hope you enjoy.