By Mallory Graves
The second track meet of the indoor season was on Friday, Feb. 1 at Wichita State and Missouri Southern.
Tomunci Whitfield, business senior, said, “My first response after we didn’t qualify was a disappointment. I knew we had it in us to run faster, but we had a short week to recover, and it showed.”
The athletes have a meet every weekend.
“The sprinters really competed hard on a very short week of training. It is not easy for those guys to get amped up week in and week out, but I know they will be ready for the bigger meets of the year. Them running “slow” does not bother me one bit. They will be ready on the right days,” said Tim Testa, head track and field coach.
“Even though we did not qualify, this meet will help us prepare for conference, and help us be stronger runners in the events that we must prepare for,” said Whitfield.
Zach Gray, business administration, junior, says, “As a team, we have grown a lot together, and we want to see each other succeed whether that’s getting a personal record (PR), or qualifying for nationals.”
Gray earned All-Time Indoor PRs in both the weight throw and shot put.
“What kept the momentum going for myself was to just focus on all the details. I try to improve every throw. I know that God gave me this opportunity to compete, so I am going to make the most of it,” said Gray.
Tim Testa, head track and field coach, said, “I was pleased with the results of both the Wichita State Meet and the Missouri Southern Meet. We split the team to give people an opportunity to qualify for nationals.”
“In the end, I was still proud of us for finishing the race and having a good time. We just didn’t quite hit our expected marks. We will have to see how we show out in conference,” said Whitfield.
The next indoor meet will be Feb. 9 at Pittsburg State and Oklahoma University.
Mallory Graves is a freshman majoring in communication. You may email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.