By: Silas Greene
As the warm months swiftly approach, the spring sports are in full effect at Kentucky State University. Track and field in particular has been competing since December and are now preparing for their outdoor season.
Closing out their indoor season at Ohio State University on Feb 17, the Thorobreds finished the meet with a few athletes in the top 10 in various events on the men’s and women’s team. Two athletes finished with national rankings, Dante Johnson (26th in the 60m hurdles) and Laila Foster (34th in long jump, 51st in triple jump). At the close of the season head coach Torri Edwards stated that “to some degree we have a really young team and our indoor season was a chance for them to get experience competing at the collegiate level. I believe this experience will set us up for the outdoor season.”
The men’s and women’s team have already begun preparations for their outdoor campaign and expectations are high. After both men and women teams finished sixth in the conference last season, spirits are high as many of the veterans continue working hard to improve their marks from the previous season and the freshman follow suit to make an impact on their first season in the conference.
“Well as our indoor season has come to an end, as a team we’ve all been improving in our times and marks in spite of a few injuries. I feel that as a team we can carry over our success to the outdoor season and being a better and healthier team” said indoor qualifier and transfer Dante Johnson.
To this point in the season many of the conference teams have not begun competition yet, but Edwards is confident that her Thorobreds will be competitive with the rest of the conference as the season progresses. The track and field team begins their outdoor season on March 17 at Emory University.