For our practices, ’cause generally speaking, they train together. Every Monday, we have a team meeting and the
day proceeding that, we’ll be sending out the workouts so they kind of know what’s coming
for the week. But we’ll wrap up and kind of summarize the plan for the Monday meeting. After we do that, we break up into our event
groups. Generally speaking, the sprinters, jumpers,
hurdlers are training together. The throwers are obviously together. And then our distance runners are going off
and doing their practice together. Then, obviously we have different types of
practices each week, but we’re more or less in those training groups together. Over the summer, I majorly worked on sprint mechanics. That’s my biggest thing I need to work on for Pole Vaulting. For lifts, I mainly did things that pertained to Pole Vaulting. So, dead-lifts, bubkas, to correct my positionings. Last year, I had a goal to go to Nationals, and I was really close in practices. And, prior to competitions, I was jumping around, like 16-foot, which is national qualification. So, I’m making that a priority this year to achieve that goal and keep moving forward. So, over the Summer, we had a train plan that Jesse gave us. It was basically some milage, some tempo workouts, and progression runs over the summer. Then, we went through the cross country season, did some workouts, A lot of racing, cross country season went well. We’re on our two weeks off right now to take a rest for the body. to prepare for the indoor season coming up and just get ready to start rolling soon. Hopefully, win an event this winter. As a team, I hope we can win on both the girls and the guys side and repeat as champions. As for the women, we have really high expectations for the men this year. We’re pretty well-rounded across most of the events. We have one deficiency that we’re a little worried about in one event. But, for the most part, the horizontal jumps in particular We’ve got a couple of really good freshman we’re excited about. The throws are in deep in with Ryan Harper, Tyler Bergsma, just to name a few. The sprints, Zion Howard looks unbelievable in a couple of testing 30’s and different things we’ve done with him so far. But, Eric Morton is in phenomenal shape In the hurdles, John Spirk, is taking off where he left off last year. We’re going to have a really good 4-by-4 squad, I think. With the middle and long distances, especially the 800, this may be the best pack we’ve ever had. We’re going to move a couple guys up, but I think, guys like Gavin and Greg can be really good for the 3k and even 5k events. Across the board, I think we’re going to be really deep. And the same thing I said with the women, I don’t want this year’s team to just look at Conferences, don’t get me wrong, that’s extremely important, it’s a huge point of emphasis in our program. But, I feel like we have a lot of people with potential to move on to Nationals. We’re really excited about this. We’ve been talking as a coaching staff for both the men and the women. This is about as excited as we’ve been about a season in my seven years here. ‘Cause we really have that potential to do some big things on the big stage That said, it’s just what’s on paper so far. They still have to put in the work. We always, kind of, fear what’s coming up with winter break, ’cause that’s a 4-week period of time where we’ve got to trust them to be responsible and take care of what they need to. If they do, they take it seriously, we stay healthy, this could be a really special season for us. I’d have to say, it was probably outdoor track, when I won my, individually won the steeplechase title Coming from high school to be a mediocre pole vaulter, granted I went to States, but I had a lot to work on, considering my run was absolutely terrible. I drug the pole instead of carried it. Those are major aspects in pole vaulting that I needed to overcome and I’m starting to overcome them. Seeing how I can achieve my future goals and keep progressing. I have a difficult major and trying to find time to balance my major and my sport is very difficult for me. Considering that I’m a Pre-Med and Neuroscience major, taking on a DIII sport at a national qualification level.