MORGANTOWN \u2014 In a team sport such as track and field, you\u2019ll often hear coaches from smaller schools lament about a lack of athletes to field a competitive team. At Trinity, a similar issue persists \u2014 the Warriors field 12 athletes in the track program. Despite the size disadvantage, Trinity learned to work the limited talent pool the school has and even excel with it.\r\n\r\n\u201cThere are definitely advantages and disadvantages to having a smaller team. We have to be able to adjust to being put into events we might not usually run. But everyone on the team has learned to do whatever they need to do to help everyone else succeed,\u201d senior Kaylie Laskody said. \u201cWe are one big family and it\u2019s honestly a blessing that we\u2019re so small \u2014 we\u2019ve learned leadership and sacrifice for other and not to be selfish.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe small group proved its worth to the program this season, capitalizing on the success of a strong season last year which saw the Trinity girls\u2019 squad earn third in the Mason-Dixon Conference and Shawnee Jenkins (now at South Harrison) capture the school\u2019s first state championship.\r\n\r\nThat momentum energized the Warriors as they look to continue to build on the foundation that coach Jordan Brooks laid for the program. This season, Trinity has set or broken eight school records \u2014 five on the boys\u2019 side and three on the girls\u2019 side \u2014 with the girls\u2019 team earning second at the 2019 Mason-Dixon Championships last weekend.\r\n\r\n\u201cEvery year, we know that we\u2019re a lot smaller than everyone else, and it\u2019s exciting to be able to go out there and perform and be amongst the best,\u201d Brooks said. \u201cThis year is really exciting because we only had seven athletes last year, and only three returned, but we\u2019re up to 12 kids on the team. They\u2019ve been working hard, and the results have been showing it. It\u2019s been a record-breaking season.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe Warriors were led by Laskody at the meet, who earned the high point award at the meet \u2014 she took home first-place in the 300-meter hurdles and 800-meter run and second-place in high jump.\r\n\r\nPerhaps her most impressive performance of the day came on the final leg of the 4x400 meter relay, the final race of the day. The Warriors entered the event in fourth place as a team, behind South Harrison. Laskody outkicked her opponents in the last 200 meters to move her team into the lead, securing the win and the runner-up team finish by just two points.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt\u2019s a really big deal. She\u2019s been getting better and better all season long, She\u2019s been leading this team all season, and I think she might have put some pressure on herself knowing she was signing at Alderson Broaddus and that pressure turned out to be a good thing. It\u2019s been cool to see that hard work and see how its progressed into some really great results for her,\u201d Brooks said.\r\n\r\nTrinity looks to make a strong push as the season nears its final stretch, but perhaps the real victory regarding the team\u2019s current success and growth will be long term \u2014 there are hopes that the current energy around the team will transition into a sustainable track and field culture at the school.\r\n\r\n\u201cI\u2019m hoping the younger kids in middle school and the underclassmen start to realize that when they join the track team at Trinity, you join a whole new family. I hope when people look at this group and see some of these seniors that have come out their last year and love it and wish they could have started earlier, and that will make them want to start earlier rather than later,\u201d Laskody said.