This past weekend the women’s indoor track and field team placed seventh in the RMAC Championships. They have performed phenomenally this indoor track season, no doubt thanks to upperclassmen leadership and a strong class of freshman and sophomore athletes.
With the conference meet complete and the outdoor track season approaching fast, the women’s track and field team continues to train and make strides in their performances, practicing hard every day. Track and field constitutes many different events, so all of the athletes train a little bit differently.
“While in season, we throw four times a week, lift three times a week, and have one rest day,” freshman Courtney Clark shared. Clark’s events for the indoor track and field season include the weight throw and shotput.
To improve her marks, Clark does a lot of form drills, technique drills, and repetition. Having a longer training schedule has helped her improve drastically this year.
“I’ve had all year to develop my technique, and that has been key,” Clark remarked. In addition to throws, jumps are a big part of track and field that require different training. Freshman Delaney Lyman touched on the training for jumpers.
“We lift twice a week and run sprints or hills once a week while in season,” said Lyman. Any practice time spent outside of lifting and running is practicing jumps.
“For hurdles there is a lot that I need to learn and there are a lot of techniques I need to work on,” Lyman shared. In addition to hurdle races, Lyman competes in the pole vault and long jump events.
Clark and Lyman were both excited about the contributions they are making to such a young team.
“Right now there are only two female throwers, and they are both freshman,” shared Lyman. Despite this, Clark continues to help the team, ranking 23rd in Division 2 for women’s shotput nationally.
“I’m still learning how it works. I’m just trying to be an asset to the team right now”, Clark commented.
Clark was a huge asset for the Women’s team as they competed in the RMAC Conference meet, as she took 2nd place in the shotput and secured eight points for the team.