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ISSUE 121 VOL 16 PUBLISHED 4/11/2008

Spring Preview, Women's Track and Field: More nationals hopes

By Monica Southworth
Staff Writer

Friday, April 11, 2008

Though the first meet of the spring outdoor season was cancelled, the women's track and field team will begin competition next weekend in the Lee Krough Invitational at Gustavus.

The weather might seem like an obvious explanation for the delayed start, but the team's coaches actually chose to not go to last weekend's meet because it is still early in the season.

"Our coaches were attempting to maximize our training to prepare us for success a few weeks down the road," said Jackie Kelly '08 in an e-mail.

The team will have one mid-week meet, but the practices will primarily remain the same as the indoor season completed in early March.

Kelly said that the team will primarily be focusing on the MIAC Championships, as athletes need to attain qualifying times for the conference meet and for Nationals during regular season meets. In the indoor season, pole vaulter Amie Fillmore '10 qualified for both events.

Fillmore finished second in the 2008 Indoor MIAC Championships and finished eighth at Nationals. She expressed hope to make it to Nationals again and to qualify before the conference meet.

Kelly pointed out that the team has had a lot of good individual performances during the indoor season. She also said that the extensive training will likely show in outdoor performances.

"I hope that we continue to challenge ourselves and try to build up for some great performances at the conference championship."

Last year, the team finished seventh in the 2007 MIAC Outdoor Championships.

"I look forward to using our enthusiasm to run, jump, vault and throw well and enjoying our time at the track," Kelly said.

New outdoor events include the 100-meter dash, 100-meter hurdles, 400-meter hurdles, 3,000-meter steeplechase, 10,000-meter run, the 4x100-meter relay, the 4x800-meter relay, the javelin throw, discus throw and the heptathlon.

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