Until mid-January’s polar vortex, most temperatures along the East Coast were quite warm over winter break, and Goucher’s indoor track and field team utilized these warm temperatures to continue training and continue their 2014 season on the right foot. With a strong batch of male and female returners competing in distance and field events alongside a newer group of sprinters, the Gophers have begun to show the Landmark Conference what they are made of.
After a strong cross country season, the female distance squad is ready to compete on the track. Mid-distance senior Kathryn Walker and senior distance runner Katelynn Zidanic, both abroad last track season, reunite with fellow seniors Shea Staab and Christine Cherry to add points for the Gophers. Coach Caslin also adds that “freshmen June Chiango, Camille Jorgensen, and Ellie Ginsberg to play key roles in the Gophers’ success [on the distance side].” As for the sprinters, Caslin says, “The growth of the sophomore class will be very important to the Gophers. Danielle Granger, Kamillah Smith, Sara Agavonic and Stephanie Correa all will be contributing to the Gophers’ success.” Smith has broken school records at each meet the Gophers have attended, and currently at the top of the Landmark Conference performance list for several of her events. Junior Maafio Appiah-Padi, along with new sophomore Audrey Gutierrez, will add points in the throws.
The men’s team hopes to improve from a disappointing 2013 season with many returners and rookies. Transfer sprinter Shannon Sanders and freshman distance runner Anthony Lee are two newcomers that Caslin hopes will make some noise in the Landmark Conference. Both have already reported times on the top ten list in their respective events in Goucher’s record book.
Seniors Hugh Geller and Troy Browne both return to the track looking to score some quality points for the Gophers. Browne holds the 800-meter school record and hopes to be competitive in that event once again. Alongside Browne and Geller are sophomore Isaac Jennings and junior Zach Byrum, who are hoping to bounce back from last year’s track season. Together, the men’s team is looking strong and they will continue to train hard.
Although conference championships are not until March, the Gophers already look to the future. Coach Caslin remarks, “It is still a little early to tell how this year’s team is shaping up with a month before conferences. But they are working hard despite the setback by the weather.”
You may have seen the teams maxing out on the treadmills or doing repeats on the hills by the tennis courts. No matter what the conditions, the Gophers continue to work hard and can be sure their hard work will pay off come March.