Track and Field Team Kicks Off Season with Indoor Meets
The upstairs of HAC Gym includes a two-lane indoor track. PHOTO BY MADISON INGRAM.
BY MADISON INGRAM
Over the past two weeks the Westminster Blue Jay track and field team has competed in two indoor meets. The team traveled to conference opponent, Principia College, on Jan. 27 and to Illinois College on Feb. 3.
The Blue Jays left their opening meet at Principia College with four top 8 finishes. Taylor Howard, ’18, set the school record in the Women’s 500 meter dash with a time of 1:25.23, placing seventh. Howard was also the holder of the previous school record with a time of 1:25.30, which was set two years ago. She also ran in the 300 meter dash, and placed seventh in the pole vault. Jessie Kuykendall, ’19, competed in the women’s mile placing seventh, and the 3000 meter run placing third.
“I hope we continue to compete and continue to get better,” commented Bollinger.
The team competed two weekends in a row, traveling to Illinois College, a member of the Midwest Conference. The men and women’s team, as a whole, placed 15 out of 17 with a score of 13. Kuykendall placed third in the 5000 meter run, setting a new school record with a time of 19:03.11. The previous school record was also set at the same meet with a time of 19:49.89, three years ago. Kuykendall also placed seventh in the mile with a time of 5:37.84.
“I think we performed better at our second meet. I hope we continue to compete and continue to get better,” commented Mark Bollinger, head track and field coach.
The indoor track team is smaller than the outdoor track team, with only four women and eight men competing in the last two meets. Of those currently competing in the indoor meets, a majority are dual athletes. The four female athletes run cross country in the fall, three male athletes play football, and three male athletes run cross country. Once outdoor meets begin, the Blue Jay track team will double in size.
“We need more athletes. It is hard to beat teams like Greenville and Webster when they have twice as many athletes as we have.”
Bollinger was in good spirits about the current track and field season and hopes the team performs just as well as last season.
“We were third in conference last year, and I hope we place around there again this year,” Bollinger said. “We need more athletes. It is hard to beat teams like Greenville and Webster when they have twice as many athletes as we have.”
The team has three indoor track meets left. The Blue Jays will travel to Highland Community College, Missouri University, and Principia College over the next three weeks. Outdoor meets will begin March 17 with a trip to Central Methodist University.
Coach Bollinger encourages students of Westminster to join the track team if they have any interest because it is not too late to join for the outdoor season. Anyone interested in joining the Blue Jay track and field team may visit Coach Bollinger’s office located upstairs in the Historic Gym.