Young Guns and Savvy Veterans

FRANK CUSHMAN | SPORTS CORRESPONDENT

The Green Knight track and field team hasn’t missed a beat since winning the indoor conference championship in February. As a team they have not finished below third the entire season. The women have had five outdoor meets since they sent three athletes to the Indoor National Championship. In three of those they took the top spot. In the words of their coach, Don Augustine, “success breeds success”.

“We have so many athletes performing at a high level that the others want to step up their game to match it.” said Augustine. “That is leading to a lot of confidence for sure.” With the tear that the team has been on in recent weeks and the sustained success of the past few years, it would be hard to imagine this group with any other mindset.

When Coach Augustine speaks of his team you can hear the pride shine through. He said that even with all the success they come to get better every day. “These kids are workers…there’s not really a chance for them to rest on their laurels.” He also wanted to emphasize that as much as this shows about them as athletes, it tells even more about what kind of people they are. “Second to none.”

Augustine, when speaking on what they need to do in order to build towards the end of the year said, “We have had a couple of key injuries recently and we need some people to step up in other areas.”

This season has been highlighted by a lot of underclassmen contribution. Coach Augustine pointed out Kristina Herman ‘19 who just set a school record in Shot Put; Taylor Domro ‘17 who is now ranked in the top 50 in the country; Sarah Duff ‘19 who just set her PR in the 400m dash last weekend; and finally the hurdle duo of Haidyn Mueller ‘19 and Peyton McCauley ‘19 who he says give them a big edge in conference.

Even through this rough Wisconsin spring the women have continued to shine. With their eye on the conference meet coming up in May and the possibility of yet another championship, this group looks poised to do great things.

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