CLAYTON, Ind. (WISH) - When Cascade students Miranda Chastain and Daljot Bajwa went to track practice Friday they didn't know what to expect.
"It was basically sad but anxious to see what's going on, see who actually comes to track practice," Bajwa said.
The anxiety came after a blistering controversy that put Cascade High School in a glaring spotlight. Kids got bad blisters on their hands; the result of having to bear crawl around the track as a punishment for skipping practice.
All four coaches were asked to resign. Thursday, after hearing the news, the team was devastated.
"It's really upsetting. Like it hurts me really bad," Chastain said.
So who showed up to practice Friday? Every single team member.
"I think it's more to do it for the coaches since they all just wanted us to be successful and now they can't be the ones to help us be successful, so it's kind of like in everyone's hearts to be able to compete and actually have a chance at conference," Chastain said.
"At the end of the day, everybody just wants them back really. At least that's what I believe. I want them back."
"Do you think it will happen?"
"I think it will," Bajwa said.
It's because, the students say, they were finally able to tell their side of the story. Friday, each athlete was interviewed individually by the athletic director, principal or vice principal.
"He told me that every person that came in there, he did about 12, and every person that came in there had the same exact story so I think that will help a little bit," Chastain said.
In the meantime, the team is focused and gearing up for conference with one goal in their minds and hearts.
"To win for them basically. We still love them. We still respect them so we just got to out there and win for them," Bajwa said.
As for coaching, two current teachers will step in and start coaching the team on Monday.
The teams' next big meet is Tuesday when they'll run against Plainfield, at home.
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