Stevenson University’s men’s and womens’s track team continues to face obstacles as both teams begin to wrap up the indoor track and field season.
Without a Stevenson indoor or outdoor track facility, the team finds creative ways to practice by running through the hallways in Caves on a roll-out mat that extends 30 meters, and by weight training, intensive exercising, and training outdoors around the campus. In addition, the team will practice at Owings Mills High School when the track there is available.
During the men’s indoor season, senior Kendall Belser was selected as the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Indoor Track Athlete of the Week for Feb. 4, based on strong finishes at the Ithaca College Bomber Invitational, coming in fourth in both the 60- and 200-meter dashes.
On the women’s side, junior Kimberly Hammond was named MAC Field Athlete of the Week after taking first in long jump at the Lebanon Valley College Dutchmen Invitational on Jan. 18. Senior Jess Rega won the shot put division, placing her second in the Mideast region, according to gomustangsports.
Track athlete Ryley Hinson said she appreciates the coaches’ attention to detail, their positive attitudes, and their regular conversations about their progress in the season.
David Berdan, head coach of the men’s and women’s track and field and cross country, said he is proud of the teams’ ability to overcome challenges.
With several upcoming tournaments, the team is on the move almost every weekend. Berdan said, “Just one indoor or outdoor competition can take up to 12 hours a day to complete, and championship meets could take up to three days.”
Both teams will travel to an invitational meet at Susquehanna University on Feb. 16. On Feb. 22 and 23, MAC championships will be held on Lehigh University, and in the beginning of March the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field championships will be held in Boston.