The men’s and women’s track and field season commences once more after garnering a SCIAC championship last year.
Breaking school records and holding a SCIAC title is not enough for the Kingsmen and Regals. They want to continue their success this season.
Many of the female team members believe the fans have a lot to look forward to on their end of things.
“Keep your eye on Amanda Hamilton, the freshman 400-meter hurdler and triple jumper whose athleticism and versatility is going to be a key component to the team’s success,” said junior sprints runner Amy Galipeau.
With the Regals’ motivation and positivity continuing through offseason, senior Katie Kirchner is amped and ready to compete again.
“Our technique and speed are only getting better with the way our workouts are structured,” Kirchner said. “If we keep this up and continue to prepare well, we should peak right around SCIAC finals.”
New impact players are being brought into both the men’s and women’s teams. Junior recruit Dan Miller thinks he can bring a certain mental element to the already physically strong men’s team.
“My key to success this season is to bring the attitude ‘Get Better, Not Bitter’ to the track and weight room everyday,” said Miller. “With that kind of attitude, nothing can break you, and the team will only become stronger.”
With a packed schedule of eight invitationals and four conference meets, head coach Matt Lea knows the team is prepared for the tough schedule.
“We’ve got a lot of players coming back this season and are looking at Lauren Kennedy, senior hurdler, to have a huge impact on our team in combination with mid-distance runner, Lauren Rohach, who can bring the heat,” said Lea.
Lea thinks that the team’s secret to success, amongst all the talent, is having fun and staying healthy.
“If we are healthy, we are dangerous,” said Lea.
The Kingsmen and Regals start their season at the Pomona-Pitzer All-Comers meet on Saturday, Feb. 16, in Claremont, Calif.
They have a great season ahead of them with the mixture of high competitiveness and athleticism.
Published Feb. 13, 2013