It has been a fast-paced fall for cross country teams, and track star Jamal Boma. He has been on a rampage through the competition. Winning three events, including the Heart of America Athletic Conference title. Along the way, Boma was able to break a school record in the 8k race by 26 seconds, a record that stood for 39 years. By personally excelling, Boma has been able to help the team be competitive this season, as they placed sixth out of 13 teams at the Conference Championship. Payton Busch also ran well, finishing 16th at conference. The women, led by Guadalupe Gonzalez, have fought during the season to successfully place 13th out of 14 teams at the Heart Championship.
Fall is the time where we see these competitors go for distance and now that it’s getting cold out that can only mean one thing in the world of running: Indoor Track and Field. The Statesmen will get the season going on December 3 in Pella for the Central Holiday Preview. It will be an exciting event that will give people that prefer speed and power a little taste just before the holiday break. Last year, the Statesmen performed very well at the event; taking the gold in men’s and placing seventh out of 13 teams in the women’s division. Derek Seddon was Penn’s top performer winning the shot put and breaking his own school record in a gold medal winning weight toss at 54’ 10.25”. Cornelius McCastle, Meaghan Foster and Chris Gossett were all able to win their events last year.
Unfortunately for the Statesmen heading into this season, Seddon is the only returner. Seddon, however, is a great asset to have at the center of a team considering that he was an indoor national qualifier in the weight throw and an All-Conference performer in both the weight throw and shot put. One thing is for certain; it will be an exciting season to watch for the indoor track teams.