Posted by Paul Baker on March 20, 2017
Men’s and women’s track and field student-athletes are making their marks in the Aurora University history book. As the year’s competition moves from indoor to outdoor, 10 university records have already been established:
Senior Jimmy Baeskens, 5K 15:36.87
Freshman Thomas Barselou, pole vault 4.40/14’5.25” – tie
Junior Brandon Davis, pole vault 4.40/14’5.25” – tie
Junior Terry Moore, 200-meter sprint 22.41
Sophomore Ryan Njegovan, shot put 18.12/59’5.5”
Junior Brandon Pichen, weight throw 19.40/63’7.75″
Senior Taylor Jefford, long jump 5.38/17’ 8”and 55-meter hurdles 8.31
Junior Hannah Meager, shot put 12.84/42’1.5’‘
Junior Rebecca Moore, pole vault 3.20/10’6”
Junior Deterrica Simpkins, 200-meter sprint 25.08
Head Coach Brandon Sturman credits the teams’ accomplishments to the dedication student-athletes displayed in the early fall. “We put in a lot more quality time early on and it’s really showing,” he said. “The seniors are stepping it up along with a group of underclassmen who know they need to fill spots where we lack depth.”
There are plenty of accolades to go around. Sophomore Gina Ramundo is achieving personal records in the 200-meter sprint and performing well in the long jump. Mid-distance runners senior Jessica Campbell and sophomore Jazzmine Reyes are continuing to post personal records. Freshmen Steve Ruffin (60-meter sprint/200-meter sprint), Adam Hinders (60-meter sprint/200-meter sprint) and Jeremiah Cooley (800-meter run/mile) have been impressive surprises in the running events.
Perhaps all the success comes from the support the teammates give one another. “Regardless of different personalities and characteristics, when it comes to competing and winning that conference title, each athlete will sacrifice themselves for the team,” said Sturman.
The momentum appears to be on the side of both teams as they start the outdoor season. Women’s track and field clinched the indoor NACC championship in February, while the men’s team placed second.