The track and field team is cooking! On a daily basis, 139 student athletes head down to the newly renovated Tostrud track, working towards the goal of teamwide victory. Carrying the momentum of the distance teams’ success during the cross country season in which the women and men finished eighth and 14th respectively at nationals, our track athletes across all events are looking forward to the conference meet.
Coming off from their recent win at the Tostrud Classic, confidence is through the roof. It has been several years since either team has won a conference championship. After coming close during the 2022 outdoor season where the men and women’s teams finished second and third, there is notable emotional investment in claiming victory in the coming months. Distance runner, Kevin Montressor ’23, shared his thoughts on this year’s roster. “Close, is the first thing that comes to mind,” Montressor said. “As a senior, I’ve seen the track team get a lot bigger. When I was a freshman we were really just a distance team, but now, we’ve got guys that can compete in sprints, jumps, and throws.”
The ability to compete at a high level in an array of events is what truly sets the Oles apart from the rest of the MIAC. With a large freshman class and so many highly skilled athletes to look up to, it is no large stretch to say a dynasty is being established that the student body should keep an eye out for in the coming years. As we enter the spring months, head to the Manitou field for a meet. Giving his pitch for why students should attend, thrower Galen McGlynn ’26 said, “students should come watch because we are the largest athletic community on campus and there are different events to keep you entertained.” The high level of ability combined with a rich team culture is something you won’t want to miss observing in person.