First year Head Coach Ryan Orner has a positive outlook on the 2013 indoor track season.
Jan. 17, 2013
CINCINNATI- The men's and women's Indoor Track and Field season starts its 2013 season this weekend at the Gladstein Invite in Bloomington, Indiana.
The teams are coming off of a successful event at the Findlay Open prior to the holiday break in December, an event that saw freshman Onya Edwards (triple jump) and sophomore Samantha Birchfield (600-meter) break school records. The women's side also enjoyed two first place finishes from senior captain Rachel Clark with a time of 2:21.17 in the 800-meter and freshman Caterina Karas with a time of 5:29.43 in the one mile run.
The leaders for the men included senior Evan Betts, who was .02 seconds short of tying a personal record in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.51 in the finals. He solidified athlete of the meet for the men's side with his 52.3 second leg in the 4x40-meter relay. Junior Nick Kobunski was the highest finisher for the men's team with his 3rd place finish in the 600-meter with a time of 2:02.63.
Head coach Ryan Orner has listed a few events to keep an eye on for the women's side this weekend: junior Adi Taraska in the shot put, Edwards in the triple jump, senior captain Kaitlin Price, sophomore Audrey Ramos, along with Clark and Karas will all run in the one mile and will make up the 4x800-meter relay team, and juniors Clare Fischer, Abby Fischer, Anna Ahlrichs, and Jessica Albers will all take part in the 3000-meter run.
As for the men, Orner noted that the 3000-meter race will include junior Tom Ohlman, who will be running is his first race since his NCAA All-Regional performance during the cross country season. Classmates Chris Hanson and Keith Schenkel will also be running in the event. Sophomore Ryan Konstanzer will be in the 400-meter run and senior David Gibson will run in the 60-meter dash with Betts running the 60-meter hurdles. Senior Matt Coniglio will be running in the 5000-meter in his first action since last spring.
Orner also broke down the team outlook on the entire indoor season earlier this week. "This indoor season we will be focused on three meets in particular. The first will be running great times at the NYC Armory College Invitational on February 1-2. This meet is a great opportunity for our student athletes to compete against the best in the nation. Teams will fly in from all over the country for two days of great track & field at the best indoor track in the country, the New York Armory. If all goes as planned, we will have between 12-14 athletes that qualify for this meet."
"After the armory meet," Orner continued, "we will turn our attention to the A-10 Indoor Championships on February 16-17 in Kingston, RI. I expect the men's and women`s teams to do well in several of the distance events but this year I'm also turning my attention to focus on points that we can score in some of the shorter events as well as field events. The goal is for some of our freshman as well as veteran athletes to step up and contribute more in areas that have been our weak point in past years."
"The final focus for our indoor season," finished Orner, "is the NCAA Indoor Track National Championship. As with any season this is our ultimate goal and one that will be very difficult to achieve but I'm looking forward to veteran distance runners such as Tom Ohlman, Rachel Clark, and both Fischer twins to set their goals on making it to the national championship."