Trinity menâ€™s and womenâ€™s track and field teams took first place finishes and SCAC Honors after last weekâ€™s meets.
Sprinters Michael Erickson, sophomore, and Natalie Geisler, first year, earned the honors of SCAC Menâ€™s Track Â Athlete of the Week and and Womenâ€™s Track Â Athlete of the Week respectively. At the UIW Quadrangle Invitational, Erickson had an excellent performance with times of 1:58.26 in the menâ€™s 800 meter and 4:02.02 in the menâ€™s 1500. He was the leader among all SCAC male sprinters in both events. In the same competition, Geisler clocked in Â times of 2:23.43 in the Womenâ€™s 800 and 4:57.28 in the Womenâ€™s 1500. She led all SCAC women in the 1500 and was ranked third in the 800.
â€œIt just shows that weâ€™re a dominant team in multiple fields,â€ Erickson said. â€œWeâ€™re always out there supporting each other.â€
Senior Rebecca Earle and first year Joel Holmes both took the honors of Menâ€™s and Womenâ€™s Field Athlete of the Week. In the womenâ€™s javelin contest, Earle threw a distance of 25.86 meters, and in the womenâ€™s shot put event, she had a throwing distance of 10.09 meters. In the menâ€™s shot put, Holmes dominated with a throw of 13.1 meters.
These four, Division III athletes went up against Division I athletes who received scholarships for track and field.
â€œI was the only D3 thrower,â€ Earle said. â€œIt was definitely intimidating at first, but once we got into the groove of things, I was more relaxed.â€ She also mentioned that the Division I throwers from UIW were incredibly supportive of her.
These four were initially apprehensive when going against those athletes at the highest collegiate level, but once they were out there, they did not let the intimidating situation get to them. In fact, some used the situation to their advantage or as a motivation.
â€œIt pushes me to do better because I just want to improve myself,â€ Geisler said.
They focused not on the people they were up against, but instead, they focused on themselves and what they should do individually to conquer the competition. In fact, when the show got on the road, Erickson didnâ€™t even think about the level of his competitors.
â€œOnce youâ€™re out on the track, itâ€™s every person for themselves,â€ Erickson said. Â â€œI donâ€™t see them as someone getting money for what they do. I just see them as someone doing the same thing as me.â€
When asked about their keys to success, these Tigers had one unifying message: calm down and give it your all. Â
â€œHonestly I do not think about anything,â€ Geisler said. â€œI just calm myself down a bit. I just think about everything my coach told me and getting through it the best I can.â€
On the same subject, Earle spoke of the mindset these athletes had to be when facing such competition.
â€œIf you almost think too much, you can overthink and mess up other things when youâ€™re focused on one thing,â€ Earle said.
When throwing the javelin, Earle said that she does not focus on the small technical things, for those are ironed out during practice. When in competition, the thing to do is â€œbe explosiveâ€ and give it your best.
With major competitions including the annual SCAC Championships coming up, these four are confident with the path both menâ€™s and womenâ€™s teams are on.
â€œWeâ€™re in a pretty good position to go out and win,â€ Earle said. â€œIf we can perform the way that I know we can and the way weâ€™ve been working, then weâ€™re set out to do some good things.â€
With such unity and chemistry among their energetic, dedicated and unselfish athletes, the Trinity Menâ€™s and Womenâ€™s Track and Field teams are not only poised to succeed in nearly all events in the SCAC Championships, but they may also see some of their members competing at the regional, and national levels.