BY NATASHA GEIGER
As spring approaches, we get the opportunity to see a fresh set of teams and players. The St. Norbert College Men’s and Women’s Track and Field teams are off to the best start of the season. Their season started on a chilly Saturday in January and has been heating up ever since. The team has seen great success, despite the overall inexperience of the group. Coach Augustine certainly has faith in having a young team, saying “The fact that we have a young team means that our program has a strong future. We have a lot of talent, and being able to grow and develop that talent will be crucial to our goal for continuing a tradition of excellence and more conference championships.”
The teams had their best performance at the Midwest Conference Indoor Championship at Grinnell College on Feb. 27 and 28. The men’s track and field team, after two days of events, finished second out of ten teams while the women’s team finished first out of ten teams. Not only did both teams have exemplary success in the indoor season but they also broke a handful of records. In the Midwest Conference Championship, the women’s team earned their first title in 24 years. Both teams broke the school record for points scored at the Midwest Conference Championship. The men scored 158 points while the women scored an outstanding 181.5 points.
Many sports fans look past track and field in favor of team sports, but these teams have made strong cases for our attention. Just in the indoor season alone these hard-working and dedicated men, women and coaches have broken nine school records, qualified eight athletes for the National Championship Meet and have six All-Americans, the most success in the NCAA level since 2003.
Coach Augustine, his coaching staff and leading seniors have made the indoor season one for the record books and it is only going to get better. Augustine wants his team to be known as a hardworking and respectful team who can compete at a high level, and they have certainly shown that. There is a sleeping giant amongst us that has woken up and it is the men and women of our very own St. Norbert College track and field teams.