Track & field strive for successful season
Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 12, 2013 00:09
Friday the 13th may be known for bad luck, but the track & field and cross country teams are hoping to overcome that superstition as they compete in the Saint Louis Big River Festival this Friday.
Last year, the women’s track team had an outstanding finish being named the 2013 Sun Belt Conference Indoor Track & Field Champions.
This was their first Sun Belt Conference Indoor Championship title in 13 years.
At the last championship in 1998, the women’s track team received a total of 104 team points.
“College track is a whole new level,” freshman distance runner of Lake Hamilton Lindsey Mills said. “In high school everyone is good, but in college everyone is very driven for what they want.”
The women’s team not only has high expectations for itself, but the other coaches in the conference seem to have some as well. They were chosen as the Sun Belt Conference preseason favorite to win it all for the second year in a row.
The men’s track team finished in 3rd place last year and it was the second year in a row the men placed 3rd overall.
“Although I am unable to compete in cross country, which means I’m limited to only track, I think the guys will do really well this weekend,” senior distance runner of Hot Springs David Mills said. “Last year we finished 7th or 8th in conference and we are definitely hoping to get top 5 this year.”
The men’s track team was chosen to receive 7th in the Sun Belt Conference poll for the 2013 season.
Both cross country teams had their first meet Aug. 31 in the West Memphis Classic. The women’s team tied for 3rd out of eight teams.
Arkansas State was officially given 3rd place when their sixth runner placed ahead of Central Arkansas’. The men’s team finished in 6th out of eight teams, with a total of 127 team points.