Track and field ready to peak in outdoor season

 

Early in the season, the track and field team has already started to find the right groove. Led by fourth year head coach Mark McClure, the Pioneers are in full stride toward the finish line.

Junior distance runner Nick Meeson (right) and senior distance runner Matthew McConnell lead the pack in the 5000 meter dash at the Stark County Challenge on March 17. Meeson wound up finishing in second place in the 5000 with a time of 16:05.90. (Photo courtesy of Andy Smith)

“The transition from our indoor season to our outdoor season has been amazing,” freshman sprinter Malik Felton said. “We really work well as a team and it shows when we go out on the track.”

To celebrate the end of the indoor track season and to open up the outdoor season, the track team went to The University of Florida in Gainesville for a week during spring break.

“It was nice to have the opening of our outdoor season in Florida,” Felton said. “It was nice to start running outside in nice weather compared to the cold that is in Ohio.”

With the outdoor season just opening, most of the runners are showing that they have been working really hard by producing in their races.

“I have progressed a lot actually,” freshman mid-distance runner Mattison Rankin said. “From indoor my times have gotten a lot lower. I won’t really know until we run at Mount Union.”

As the season progresses the Pioneers feel as if they are hitting their stride.

“We are starting to get to the point where we are getting ready to peak. When we do we’ll be running our best times,” Rankin said. “Some of us are already ready to PR and it’s just the beginning of the season.”

Sophomore Tina Oprean runs the 1500 meter and the 800 meter. She is on the brink of already beating her personal records that she set at the end of last year, and it’s only the beginning of the season.

With the way she is running, she is expected to have new records in both events by the next few races.

Any way you look at it, the track and field team is getting better and they are about to perform on a high caliber level.

We are starting to get to the point where we are getting ready to peak. When we do we’ll be running our best times,” said Rankin. “Some of us are already ready to PR and it’s just the beginning of the season.”

The next time the Pioneers will compete will be at the Jesse Owens Classic in Columbus on April 13-14.

The meet will start at 4:00 p.m. on Friday April 13 and 10:30 a.m. on Saturday April 14 and will be hosted by Ohio State University.

Ryan Mossor is a contributing writer for The Aviso AVW.

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