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Dec. 4 indoor track meet starts the season on the right foot – Washburn Review

Washburn University held its first indoor track and field meet Dec. 4. The Washburn Alumni Invitational took place from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Student athletes competed against Friends University, Hastings University, Northwest Kansas University, Oklahoma City University and St. Mary University.

The men’s track team finished off with six individual wins, two NCAA provisional marks and an indoor facility record. The women’s track team finished with eight individual wins, three school records and an NCAA provisional mark.

“You know, one of our main focuses is always high scores. Score as high as we can at a conference meet, that’s our first goal in track. So getting the team ready for that one meet if always out goal. For track indoor or outdoor, its have meets all season and then you get one chance to to really score a lot of points,” said head coach Cameron Babb. “So meets like this, it’s great to see our kids do really well, but we’re not really concerned about scores or anything like that. So really that’s the goal. Is scoring as many points as we can at the conference meet and see if we can get a lot of them qualified to National meet on top of that. Those will probably always been our focuses in indoor and outdoor track.”

Senior long jumper Tom Haug won his event with an NCAA provisional mark of 2.05m. Which also means he broke a record for the indoor facility. Haug was pleased with his start but is looking for more.

“For indoor I’m definitely hoping to beat my indoor record so that’s 2.11m so I’m hoping I get above that so that’d be 6.11m or higher.It’s pretty good, a decent mark to start off the season. I am excited to see where it goes from here,” Haug said.

Performances like Haug’s are encouraging for the beginning of a new season.

“We never see the best marks of the year in this first meet in December. So we assume it is only going to get better after this. To see kids hit such big marks week one in December is very promising,” Babb said. “By the time February rolls around hopefully we will get them all sharpened back up and ready to go to that conference meet and do something really special.”

While the meet was the first where fans were allowed in the new indoor facility the athletes themselves were a big part in creating the atmosphere.. “During a meet I like to have my teammates watching and kind of cheering me on. I tried to start a slow clap for one of my jumps today. Doing something like that, just getting the crowd into it is a lot of fun.” Haug said..

As the field events began to slow down, the running events began to pick up.

Freshman sprinter Katelyn Jones competed in the 400m with a time of 1:00:41 coming in 2nd place. Jones also competed in the 4x400m with a time of 3:58:38 coming in 1st place.

“My teammates are really awesome. They’re a very supportive group of people. No matter what it may be, they saw that I was a little nervous today and it being my first meet. They went out of their way to make sure that I was doing okay,” Jones said.“I love every single one of them and they are just …….

Source: https://washburnreview.org/36017/sports/dec-4-indoor-track-meet-starts-the-season-on-the-right-foot/

Washburn University held its first indoor track and field meet Dec. 4. The Washburn Alumni Invitational took place from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Student athletes competed against Friends University, Hastings University, Northwest Kansas University, Oklahoma City University and St. Mary University.

The men’s track team finished off with six individual wins, two NCAA provisional marks and an indoor facility record. The women’s track team finished with eight individual wins, three school records and an NCAA provisional mark.

“You know, one of our main focuses is always high scores. Score as high as we can at a conference meet, that’s our first goal in track. So getting …….

Washburn University held its first indoor track and field meet Dec. 4. The Washburn Alumni Invitational took place from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Student athletes competed against Friends University, Hastings University, Northwest Kansas University, Oklahoma City University and St. Mary University.

The men’s track team finished off with six individual wins, two NCAA provisional marks and an indoor facility record. The women’s track team finished with eight individual wins, three school records and an NCAA provisional mark.

“You know, one of our main focuses is always high scores. Score as high as we can at a conference meet, that’s our first goal in track. So getting …….

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