March 17, 2011

Outdoor Track & Field Preview: Women’s Middle Distance and Distance

Providence, RI- The women's middle distance and distance squad looks to use the 2011 Indoor Ivy League Championships as a springboard into the outdoor season.  With nearly six weeks to focus on training, the Bears are looking forward to a strong outdoor campaign.

"Our women battled through many obstacles during the indoor season to come out and set several personal records at the Indoor Ivy League Championships," said women's distance coach Jill Miller. "The team is without a doubt excited to push themselves and each other to be competitive this outdoor season."

Middle Distance

The indoor season ended with much promise for the middle distance runners as Senior Samantha Adelberg broke the school record in the 800m run (2:08.02) and senior Kesley Ramsey and sophomore Elaine Kuckertz made the finals of the mile run with times of 4:50.42 and 4:52.41 respectively. 

The women's middle distance squads made a statement last year by winning the 4x800m relay at the outdoor Ivy League Championships.  While the women return all four legs of the championship relay team in Kesley Ramsey, Elaine Kuckertz, Rosie Fleming, and Bree Shugarts, this year's the competition in the league is stiff.  

Other competitors that look to jump up during the outdoor season are juniors Rosie Fleming and Bree Shugarts in the 800m run, and senior Michaeline Nelson, senior Caitlin Clark, and freshman Kate DeSimone in the 1,500m run.  

Senior Caitlin Clark said, "We built a solid foundation in the past few months, but we realize that indoors is just a launching pad for greater victories.  We are hungry and beyond motivated to truly realize our potential.  It's going to be an exciting season."

Distance

The distance runners are a much younger squad but are led by senior Lauren Pischel and junior Ari Garber.  Garber finished off the indoor season with a 5-second personal record in the 3,000m run (9:47.10) and will compete in both the 3,000m run and 5,000m run during the outdoor season. 

Freshmen Margaret Connelly and Heidi Caldwell showed much promise in the 5,000m run at the Indoor Ivy League Championships.  "Both Margaret and Heidi struggled over the winter with minor but nagging injuries so getting them back training consistently will put them in a much better place to be competitive during the outdoor season" said Miller.

While Senior Lauren Pischel battled illness at this year's indoor championship, she looks to rebound strong during the outdoor season.  Pischel will shoot to better her 5,000m mark of 16:41 after a stellar campaign in which she qualified for the Outdoor NCAA Regional Meet in the 10,000m run last year.