Men’s track finishes indoor, prepares for outdoor season

Joyce Balash, Sports Editor

Photo by Steve Woltmann
Senior Shawn Milhauser is racing for his final season as a Flyer

After defending their 2016 Indoor Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) title, the Lewis men’s track and field team are looking to not only do the same for their outdoor season, but also to redeem some unexpected moments from the indoor conference.

Going into the GLVC indoor conference, both the men’s and women’s track teams were seeded first, but not even the coaches were prepared for the battle that the men faced.

The Flyers were seeded to place in the 400-meter dash the first day of the championships, but were faced with the challenge of not having a single athlete make finals. They were also seeded to win the long jump, but in the end failed to place.

The same happened on day two when the Flyers were pointless in the triple jump. It was a back-and-forth battle for the men, but in the end, they achieved their goal and walked away as champions.

Although facing adversity, great things happened at indoor conference. Freshman Michael Lyons received a lifetime personal best in the high jump with a leap of 6 feet and 11.5 inches, landing him in third place.

Junior Bryce Holesinger won the heptathlon with 4829 points, making an NCAA provisional mark.

As the Flyers took the month of March off from track meets, they are training in preparation for outdoor conference.

At the first practice of the outdoor season, the coaches explained thier disadvantages  to the team.

Teams further south in the conference receive the opportunity to train on an outdoor surface because their weather conditions are better than the ones the Flyers will face with snow still appearing.

The coaches also explained how it will be another battle for the men’s team as they will have more people competing at the outdoor conference due to more events.

If the Flyers rally together and train hard these next couple of weeks, the coaches are confident that they will repeat as the GLVC outdoor champions.

The Flyers started their outdoor campaign this past weekend at the Lindenwood Invite and will take the track again April 8 at the Benedictine Duals. tournament.

Joyce Balash
Joyce Balash is a junior public relations/advertising major with minors in marketing and organizational communication. This is her first year as sports editor for The Flyer. She is also a member of the Lewis women’s volleyball team.

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