By Seth Morin
The outdoor track and field team is finishing up one of its best season’s yet.
“We are seeing things fall together that we like,” Head Coach Paul Sargent said. “Our women’s team is having some great success, and our men’s team is a pretty good team, where we are just missing one or two athletes.”
The men’s team just needs a few more athletes that could fill some spots, and Sargent believes that would propel them to compete with the best in the conference.
Both teams competed in the Indiana Division III Championships April 11, with the women finishing in first and the men sixth out of seven teams.
The women’s team dominated with victories by seniors Anna Murdock, Rachel Lucas and Natavia Howell.
Junior Kasey King took home gold in the javelin, while senior Rachel Lucas edged out a DePauw runner in the 400-meter dash by just a half-second for the number one spot.
Junior Emily Young came home with a third-place and two fourth-place finishes in her events.
She said that everything the team had done up until that point is what won them the championship.
“Each meet, we break school or meet records and it is nice to see all of us come together and support each other as a team,” Young said.
And with the all-important Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament coming up next weekend, the women are projected to win and they believe they can do just that.
“We are all just trying to stay focused and trust the training,” Young said. “We’ve put the work in up until this and have shown everyone what we can do, now we just have to remain focused.”
“I think we all bring something different to the table, and many of us can score in so many events, whether it be running or field events, which helps the team out tremendously,” Howell said.
Even though the men’s team came home sixth in the division championship, positions third through sixth were tight in terms of points.
Fourth place was only 12 points ahead of sixth, with third only 26 points out.
Sargent believes that if they had one more athlete on the team, they could have finished fourth and potentially competed for third.
“We had some big performances,” Sargent said. “We’re just missing that one piece.”
The men’s team came home with seven top-five finishes out of the 17 events.
Sargent said both the men’s and women’s teams started off great, but as the day dragged on they became more fatigued.
“It’s a good test for the conference meet because it will be a lot like that,” he said.
Senior Blake Albrecht broke the original meet record in the 10,000-meter run, but came home second.
The previous meet record was held by 2014 Franklin College graduate Kris Sandlin, and Albrecht’s performance placed him as the number one seed in the upcoming conference tournament.
“There are going to be some really good runners, but it is right there,” Sargent said.