It is not every day one gets asked to go from being on the offensive or defensive lines of a football team to being asked to throw in the G-MAC championships with just three weeks’ notice. Yet, that is exactly what happened to some of Malone’s football players.
The Malone University men’s track & field team captured the first G-MAC Team Title in Pioneer athletics history after placing first among seven schools at the G-MAC indoor championships in February.
Tyler Bowman, Camden Baucke, Jonathon Zimmerly and Colton Hale, each a member of the Malone football team, scored points for the Pioneers in the shot put. Bowman was fourth, Baucke fifth, Zimmerly sixth and Hale seventh.
Colton Hale, senior defensive linemen and thrower, said, “It was a cool atmosphere to be a part of because all of the defensive linemen are pretty tight. The fact that track & field is a little more relaxed helped everyone fit in and was a nice transition from football.”
Camden Baucke, Tyler Bowman and Colton Hale all registered points in the weight throw event. Baucke took over the tenth position on Malone’s all-time list in the weight throw after placing fifth with a mark of 44′ 7″. Bowman was sixth at 43′ 7″, and Hale took eighth with 42′ 5.5″.
Baucke said, “Having Duke Taylor take each one of us out and throw and teach us football guys how to properly throw really helped us in winning the championship. For me, track is very therapeutic because in football you spend a lot of your time wondering how you will break your opponent down, whereas in track you spend a lot of time building yourself up.”
Austin Cary, NCAA Division II Academic All-American for the Pioneer football team, claimed the G-MAC Title in the weight throw, smashing the previous meet record with a toss of 49′ 7″. With the strong showing, Cary climbed to fifth on Malone’s all-time performance list.
“It was nice to be a part of a winning team because it didn’t happen that much in football. I loved playing with everyone on the football team, but I was starting to be burnt out with football, so track was definitely refreshing for me,” Cary said.
This was a feat for the Malone community and sports teams as this was the first ever G-MAC championship title. The men said they are excited to be part of the track & field team and look to capture the title again in the current outdoor season.
Cary said, “Even with the addition of new events in the outdoor season like the hammer throw, I really believe we can win it again, and I am really looking forward to it.”
Rob Elder is a staff writer for The Aviso.