Track and field moves outdoors after record-breaking indoor season

Tariah Harrell, Staff Writer

Wingate University men and women’s indoor track and field season has closed and is now ready to begin the outdoor season. Meanwhile in indoors season, many records were broken along with many personal best.

Sophomore Isaiah Kyle (Morristown, TN), is currently sitting second in the nation in Division II in high jump with a height of 2.17 meters. Senior Olisa Obiefuna (Saugus, Mass.) ended the indoor regular season as 11th in the nation in triple jump, while junior Nate Patterson (Mauldin, S.C) will finish 18th.

Over on the women’s side,  there is a pretty good chance of being 2017 SAC outdoor champions this season, because Wingate has a strong team this year. Freshman Tarah Young (Albany, Ga) has made a significant impact on the team. Since coming to Wingate, Young has broken the indoor 200 meter dash record (24.74) along with the 400 meters dash (56.47) records.

According to the NCAA DII indoor national standings, Young finished the regular season as 43rd in the nation for the 200 meter dash and became 39th in the nation in the 400 meter dash. She has set high expectations for herself.

Also on the women’s side, Vanisha Wilshire (Louisburg, N.C.) who has been battling with minor injuries this indoor season finished the regular season as 16th in the nation in women’s high jump with a height of 1.70 meters and 35th in the nation in long jump.

“Indoor season has been one for the books,” head coach Travis LeFlore said. “We are ending the indoor season on a great note and taking some athletes to nationals and we are looking forward to the outdoor season. The team (men and women) have been working hard over the last few months and improving in the weight room and on the track; I could not be more excited to see what this outdoor season brings us. We have a very strong and tough group this year and we expecting to do some great things, maybe even bring home the SAC Championship title on both sides”.

The NCAA selection list will come out Tuesday, February 28th to show which athletes will compete in the Division II National Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Alabama on March 9-11th. The Wingate University’s track and field men and women’s team will head to the Charlotte 49ers Classic for their outdoor season opener on March 17-18th, 2017.

Photo source: Wingate University Atheletics

Edited By: Brea Childs

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