Women’s indoor track team, with the help of former runner and coach Danielle Dorsey, plans for success this season. Their goal this season, make the list for nationals.
“It’s always going to be the same race.” Kacie Fick, sophomore biology and biotechnology major, said. “The distance never changes, you just need to be focused.”
“We are like a big family,” Fick said. “I know that we are strong, stronger than we have ever been, but it’s still a little early to tell.”
The first year freshman women are “changing the team attitude into a positive one,” Leslie Willams, a freshman sociology and criminal justice major, said. Even though it’s a small team, the women are all working towards their goals to make it to nationals.
“Our important meets are every meet we run in, cause as one meet ends, it just means one less chance to get on the list for ECAC’s or NCAA nationals,” Fick said.
One thing all the girls agree on is the capability they have this season. The Eastern College Athletic Conference is a college athletic conference comprising schools that compete in 35 men’s and women’s sports.
It has 317 member institutions in NCAA Divisions I, II and III, ranging in location from Maine to North Carolina.
The NCAA is the largest collegiate athletic organization in the world, and because of the great popularity of college sports as spectator sports in the United States, it is far more prominent in the United States than most national college sports bodies are in their own countries.
Each woman works each meet to reach the best time possible they are capable of, in hopes to make the NCAA list.
“I think these meets separate the women from the girls,” Christiana Taylor, a freshman biology major, said.
“Everyone has had an injury because of the surface we run on,” said Taylor. The women all agree that a new track would higher their chances of making the list of the NCAA’s and lowering the risk of injury.
“We really need a new track because it is the cause for most of our shin and ankel injuries.” Fick said.
Overall, the women’s team is very excited to get the season started, according to Fick.
“I would say the sprints [60-mile], the field, hurdles and relays would qualify for nationals,” said Taylor.
All of the women agree on one thing, that their team this season has a shot of making it to the nationals and placing in the top ranks, according to Carolyn Roberts, junior exercise science and health promotion major.
“I think the distance medley relay(for the women’s team) will be important….hurdles will also be important,” Roberts said.
The team has many events they can excel in this year including dash, 60m dash, 55Hurdles, 200m, 400m, 800m, 100m, 4×4 relay, 4×8 relay, distance medley, 100H, 400H, also in the field, jumps (long and triple) and throws. Their first meet is on December 3, 10 a.m. at the Seton Hall Invitational in South Orange, N.J. Directions are posted on the Cabrini College website under women’s track and field.
“I’m still learning who we have to watch out for,” Samantha Gerke, a freshman educational studies major, said. “But I’ve heard people have to watch out for us!”
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