By Wesley Leffelman
Spring is quickly approaching and that means that the indoor season has wrapped up for the William Penn Track and Field teams. The outdoor season has now begun! It is a season that looks to be very interesting for both squads as they look to improve off of solid 2016 seasons.
The Heart of America Athletic Conference Indoor Championships was an event that can be looked at to indicate what we can expect to see from our teams this coming season. For the men, it was a particularly strong performance placing second as a team, breaking four school records along the way.
Jamal Boma led the way for the Statesmen winning both the 3,000 and 5,000 meter runs, breaking school records in both events. Derek Seddon captured a gold in the weight throw and Tristen Elmore also found gold in the high jump. On top of that, there were multiple second and third places for what was a well-rounded and strong showing for WP. For the women, the Statesmen coming in 11th place. However that is not to say it was not an indication of good things to come, three school records were broken by women at the event. Asia Laudermilch being the leader breaking 60 meter record which placed her fourth in the event, the other being the 200 meter which was good enough for a fifth place finish. On top of her strong performance the distance medley relay team set another school record placing them in 6th at the event.
This is a season that will be sure to continue to provide great moments for Statesmen fans to admire. With that being said, Seddon looks to be the banner athlete for the track season.
He is coming off of a season where he won numerous titles and set records along the way, most importantly placing 2nd at Discus at Nationals. Laudermilch and Jamal Boma are also both expected to have big seasons this year for the Statesmen.
When looking at what Boma was able to accomplish during the fall in the world of distance running, his strong indoor performances skills seem to foreshadow that Boma will be able to provide all kinds of great performances for his team all spring long.
In the case of Laudermilch she comes in as a freshman that boasts a strong high school reputation of being a three time state qualifier. That coupled with her record breaking performances should indicate that Coach Friesen is in for some great things during the years that she will have here at Penn.
Overall it looks to be an exciting season for both squads, both are working to continue to improve what was once a dilapidated program prior to coach Friesen’s tenure. Records will continue to fall and both squads will surely work to continue the winning ways that Friesen has established since taking over the program seven seasons ago.