Track earns silver in national ranking after successful meet

Multiple athletes beat their personal records

By Patrick Fleming
On April 13, 2017

Photo by Marsalis Mahome
Reese Montgomery, sophmore, leaps over a hurdle. Montgomery finished second in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase.

During April 6-8, ASU held the ASU David Noble Multi track meet at its home field and competed against Texas A&M-Commerce.

While there, both the men’s and women’s track teams competed in several events including relays, high jump and pole vault.

Both of the teams had major successes by gaining more points than TAMUC.

Though this was impressive enough on its own, some of the bigger achievements were in the national marks that the teams made, with 15 of them making within the top 10 of Division II Conference.

Some of these accomplishments would include a few students breaking their own records. Morgan Rodgers broke her long jump record with a measurement of 5.33 meters and Taytum Morris beat his pole vault record at 3.9 meters.

This showed how the athletes have been growing and improving.  

"I feel like we have overall as a team improved," Kaitlin Lumpkins, junior track athlete of three years said. "Having two coaches’, Coach Dib and Coach Ruiz really put their time and effort into us and showing us the correct way to do things and I think that we’re really succeeding and headed to the right direction."

On April 11, the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, or the USTFCCCA, ranked the Rams and Rambelles together as the second in the nation.

"If we get that kind of production, we’re gonna be major contenders in the conference meeting in a month." Tom Dibbern, the Head Coach of Field and Track said. "With track, you only get one chance to do it, so when we get on that day, what we’ve done at this point does not really matter."

Though the Rams and Rambelles have made much progress this semester, the coaches continue to stress that both of the teams must continue putting a lot of effort into the sport if they want continued success.

Luckily for them, the Rams and Rambelles seem to be both optimistic and willing to continue putting in the same dedication that they have been before.

"[It’s just] like Coach Ruiz would tell us, ‘you only have April 11th and April 12th. You can get better or you can get worse but you will never remain the same,’" Kaitlin Lumpkin continued. "I feel like a lot of use put that into play and a lot of that goes into the training room and being mentally prepared for the meet."

The next meet that the Rams and Rambelles will participate in will be the Micheal Johnson Classic that will be held at Baylor University on April 22.

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