Track prepares for spring

Coaches and team discuss the season

By Rosanna Aguilera
On December 1, 2016

File Photo by Danny Meyer

The track and field team has been preparing for the season this semester and will compete in its first meet in a week.

Head track and field coach Tom Dibbern said that their first meet is on Dec. 9 in Pittsburg, Kansas.

"We have a bunch that are going to compete and we will see what happens as the season goes on," Dibbern said.

Junior distance runner Morgan Rodgers said that she is excited about the team this year.

"We have a lot of newcomers, but a lot of our returners are more experienced this year," Rodgers said. "I’m looking forward to see how we do this year."

Rodgers said that she is a nursing major and that her time on the track has been limited.

"Splitting between the two has been nerve wracking for me," Rodgers said.

However, she said that she is not nervous about the team’s success.

"I think it was all come out in our favor," Rodgers said.

Rodgers is as heptathlon and pentathlon runner and thinks all of the multi’s have a good chance to make it to the national meet.

"That is the goal I have, not only for myself but for the whole multi group," Rodgers said.

Rodgers said that she hopes to set a new personal record this season and that she has put in the hard work.

"The ultimate goal is to get to the national meet this year," Rodgers said.

Rodgers said that the first meet will be a good showcase of what the team has in store for this year.

Luis Perez, sprinter, said that he believes that the team will do well this season.

"We have a lot of young guys but I feel like everyone has their head on straight," Perez said. "Everyone has the same goal."

Perez said that all the athletes have been working hard in practice so far.

"The team looks really solid this year," Perez said.

Perez participates in the 400 meter dash, 200 meter dash and the 4x400 relay.

"I hope I can continue from how I did last outdoor season and build on that," Perez said.

Perez said that he has only participated in outdoor track and that he is nervous about running


"At the end of the day it’s all running; it’s all the same thing," Perez said.

He said that he hopes the team and himself will have a good start.

"I’m just trying to run as fast as I can and see what happens," Perez said.

Overall, Dibbern, along with the other athletes, are ready to get the season started.

"We are ready to get out and start competing," Dibbern said

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