HSU Track Ready for the Road Ahead

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By Andre Hascall

Ryanne Bailey, HSU pole vaulter, is doing her pre-jumps attempting to jump and get over the pole as she warms up for the real deal.

As we enter February, track and field athletes are getting ready for the season. Humboldt State University Track and Field will start it’s season with their annual Green and Gold meet.

The Green and Gold meet will be held at Redwood Bowl on Feb. 18th.

Caitlyn McCoy, a junior kinesiology major, competes in 100 meter and 400 meter hurdles. “Everyone is looking forward to the green and gold meet so we can size up where we are,” McCoy said.

HSU track and field has been preparing for the road ahead this season. They’ll have to travel around Northern California facing rivals Chico and San Francisco State. They will  even making a trip to Austin, Texas in April. The end goal being the Division II national championship on May 25.

Jocelyn Barber, a junior environmental resources engineer major, runs the 1500 meter as well as the 5 kilometer races.

“I think HSU has a lot of good athletes this year and I sense success,” Barber said.

Staying healthy is a major component of success for a team with a schedule heavily impacted with travel. Attendance in the gym is a must for these athletes.

Daniel Toll, sophomore history major, runs the 1500 meter and hopes to run the 5000 meter this year.

“There’s been some minor setbacks and injuries but nothing too serious,” Toll said. ”Those things happen and you learn to work through them.”

The Lumberjacks track team has yet to compete, but confidence is building within the team. The ultimate goal is to win at the Division II championships.

“The seniors and returners set up a really motivating atmosphere which got us through excruciating workouts,” McCoy said. ”Overall it gave us a solid foundation to start season on.”

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