Indoor Track And Field To Open 2015-16 This Weekend

first_imgThe Drake University indoor track and field teams get the 2015-16 season underway this weekend at the SDSU Holiday Open in Brookings, S.D. The two-day meet, hosted by South Dakota State University, will be contest on the Jackrabbits’ Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex’s 300-meter track. “I’ll be anxious to see how we’ll perform,” said Drake head coach Natasha Kaiser-Brown. “I expect the verterans to do a great job because they’ve done this before and we’ll see how the newcomers respond.”Those veterans include athletes that earned a total of eight all-conference honors during the 2014-15 season and are primed to add to their accomplishments this season.The men’s team returns all-conference performers in sprinter Pierce Vincent (Fayetteville, Ga.), hurdlers Kai Asberry (Carrollton, Texas) and Hudson Priebe (Chamberlain, S.D.). In the distance events, Rob McCann (Mississauga, Ontario) returns after earning all-MVC honors in the mile while Reed Fisher (Minnetonka, Minn.) is coming off an all-MVC cross country season. McCann is expected to run the mile again indoors with Fischer focusing on the 5,000 meters. Former MVC outdoor champion Ryan Cook (Colorado Springs, Colo.) returns in the high jump as well.”We’re such a unique team in that we’re not a just a sprint or distance or field team,” Kaiser-Brown said. “We have a little bit of everything that makes us more well rounded heading into the indoor season. We have a great hurdlers, great sprinters, great distance runners, great field athletes and it’s a well rounded team. The athletes we have are very well driven.”For the women’s team, indoor and outdoor triple jump school record holder Kayla Bell (Bolingbrook, Ill.) returns following her record-breaking season in the jumps. On the track, two-time all-MVC honoree Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) enters her sophomore season after recording a school record in the 100-meter hurdles during the outdoor season. In the distance events Emma Huston (Des Moines, Iowa) enters the track season after earning all-MVC honors during the cross country season while Taylor Scholl (Prior Lake, Minn.) aims for another strong season in the mile.Many of those standouts and the team’s younger talent will have their first opportunity to get their competitive juices flowing at this weekend’s meet. “It’s exciting and it gets your adrenaline flowing, but that can be detrimental,” Kaiser-Brown said of the start of the season. “This is good practice to learn how to manage your emotions and nerves. For a lot of atheltes once they get that first meet out of the way, everything falls into place.”For Kaiser-Brown and staff, the opening meet also serves as an indicator of the team’s training to date and areas of needed focus heading into the bulk of the indoor season after winter break.”We’re looking for a checkpoint of where we are in our fall training,” Kaiser-Brown said. “We’ve been going since late August with three months of condition and technical work. We’re doing things a little different this year where we’re really dragging out our condition phase longer and wrapping that up after the break.”This weekend’s season opener start Friday afternoon with the heptathlon and pentathlon. The bulk of the competition will be staged on Saturday starting at noon with the field events and 1 p.m. on the track.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more