Men’s and women’s indoor track have begun practices even though they will not begin competition until January.
Head Coach Marcus Newsom said hosting outdoor nationals last year was exciting and that he doesn’t believe they lost any recruitment time.
“It worked out perfectly. The state meet was the week before. So we had a number of our student-athletes we were recruiting come to national championships,” Newsom said.
Newsom said he is very excited about not only the freshman class, but also the returning athletes.
Newsom said he has tremendous respect for the Nebraska Wesleyan program and really thinks it will up the conference skill level.
“I’ve felt since day one that the addition of Nebraska Wesleyan for track and field and cross country is going to be a significant impact for our conference as a whole and we’re excited for that,” Newsom said.
Because of the increased caliber, Newsom said the last chance meet won’t be as make-it-or-break-it for many Wartburg athletes.
“The following week we can be focused on fine tuning things and getting a few key athletes into the national meet and not have a number of athletes that we’re trying to get in,” Newsom said.
Newsom said that not competing until January is fine because competing in December changes the course of training.
“Our focus right now is really being patient with our training and really getting our student athletes stronger in the weight room,” Newsom said.
He said this will help as Wartburg’s indoor season is longer than an Iowa High School outdoor season.
“My motto was that I’m not focused on what anybody else around the country is doing, I’m just focused on what we’re doing,” Newsom said.
Newsom said he doesn’t want the athletes to be tired when it comes to March, he wants them to be excited about the outdoor season as most of them are used to performing well in an outdoor venue.
Newsom said he’s excited about the new assistant coach, Ryan Chapman.
He said he’s excited Chapman also has really high energy.