Transy Track and Field Team Builds Identity

by Abby Ferguson

In only the third year of Transylvania’s a track and field program, the 2011 track and field teams are working to build their own identity.

Runners, from left to right, sophomore Natalie Jones, first-year Maria Kerr, junior Betsey Heines and sophomore Ria Keegan compete in the Raven Indoor Invitational, where the team placed sixth.

“We have the majority of our team coming back this year, plus a handful of new faces,” said head coach Jason Moncer. “The overall attitude of the team is good, but as the newest sport on campus we are still building our ‘identity.’ “

Moncer made it clear that his biggest priority is to be “more competitive within the conference,” meaning that they are “closing the gap from ninth to eighth and building from there.”

The men are looking to juniors Aaron Carrithers, Nick Anderson and Curtis Puryear to have the biggest impact. Sophomore Ryan Stockdill and first-years Ben Hoseus, Browning Smith, Jordan Perkins and Dylan Stearsman will also be influential runners this season.

“We are dealing with a few injuries to other men on the team, but once we get everyone back we should be fine,” said Moncer.

“I think the strengths will definitely be with sprint team this year, especially for the men’s due to the return of Anderson and Puryear along with the additions of Hoseus and Smith,” Carrithers said.

For the women, juniors Lucy Wright, Betsey Heines and Kristen Ballard, along with sophomore Ria Keegan, will be huge factors throughout the season. They also have quite a few new faces on the roster.

“We have to focus on getting better every day,” said Moncer.

The teams are looking to compete hard this season and surprise their competitors.

“We are at the bottom of the list, which isn’t a big surprise since we have the newest team. … The good news is that we can compete, so in the end I hope to surprise the other teams at the conference meet,” Moncer said.

“This is a decent place to be because we are not the marked team and so we can exceed the expectations of the other teams when we excel in our races,” said Wright.

The teams hope to build on what they accomplished last year and want to give the other schools something to talk about.

The relay teams could also pose a huge threat this year.

“Last year’s runners (are) getting stronger and (have) a lot more experience from last year,” said Carrithers.

“We are improving every year and this year is no exception. We have an eager team that is ready to prove themselves,” said Wright.

“I can’t wait to see how this season plays out. If other schools were surprised last season by our turnout, they’re definitely going to be knocked off their feet this season,” Stockdill said.

After their sixth-place finish at Anderson University’s Raven Invitational last weekend, the teams will be competing in the Crusader Invitational at Capital University on Friday.


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