Track and field to compete in championships at Akron


Junior Natalie Tarter leaps in the long jump event on April 23 at the Huskie Open.

By Ed Rietveld

After having this weekend off, the track and field team will travel to Akron to compete in the MAC outdoor track and field championships Thursday to Saturday.

The Huskies will look to improve on their 10th place finish out of 12 teams at the conference indoor meet from earlier this season.

Head coach Connie Teaberry said the weekend helped her team by giving it extra preparation time before the trip to Akron.

“This last week the ladies have been able to fine tune [their] technique in blocks,” Teaberry said. “The training [of] their minds [by] just resting and not being on the road, this way we’re going into the MAC championships next week. We’ll be fresh, and also it has enabled them to get caught up on their homework, get their classes and stuff together and prepare for finals.”

Megan Gregory, senior sprinter and hurdler, will compete in the 100-meter hurdles. She said the team needs to treat this just like any other meet.

“I think one of the most essential things to do is not to panic just because it’s the MAC competition,” Gregory said. “We’ve been doing this all season. This is what we’ve been prepared for, so as long as we keep our same mindset of being determined and knowing what we want to get out of the championship we should go in there and perform well.”

Senior sprinter Janay Mitchell, who will run in the 100 meters and 200 meters, said there are things she will need to improve on before heading to the conference meet. Mitchell won both the 100 meters and 200 meters at last year’s outdoor conference meet.

“[I need to] just make sure my hamstrings are healthy and ready to go,” Mitchell said. “Try to work on my blocks. We’ve been doing some work and I’ve been having some great starts, and just run a good race start to finish so I can defend my championship.”