Men’s track dominating early

Jayne Durnin/Staff Writer

The men’s indoor track season wrapped up last week with a successful finish at the Dickinson Relays at UNI and another victory in the Early Bird Invitational last Thursday.

“We are coming off a dominant Dickinson Relays performance,” head coach Bob Schmidt said. “James Harrington won the 200 meters and ran on the winning 4X2 and 4X4 teams. Those two relays placed first, and our 4X1 relay placed third. Jake Jamison was third in the 400 meters.”

There are 27 returning letter winners, including top individuals Harrington, Austin Long and Jamison.

“As a team we won (the Early Bird Invitational), by demolishing the competition,” Long said of the team’s second victory in two meets.

“This team has the potential to be an outstanding one, and we are farther ahead in our performances then we have been since I have been head coach,” Schmidt said.

The team’s distance runners, as well as the sprinters, have started the season strong due to conditioning and running through the winter weather.

“I would say that we’ve got a lot of potential to do great things because we work hard and we have a lot of talent,” Jamison said.

The team has also stayed very healthy for the season. “We haven’t had any major injuries yet, and the solid warm-up we do before practice and meets is what keeps us healthy,” Jamison said.

The Tiger’s are confident about their upcoming season and look forward to running outside as the outdoor season begins this week.

“We need to keep up the intensity while at practice. The key to winning races is always to go hard during practice,” Long said.

The men’s track team will face their next challenge when they run on April 6 in Marshalltown at the Quadrangular meet.

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