Women’s track team starts season strong

By David Parker

The ladies of Olivet’s track team started the indoor portion of their 2012 season with a second-place finish out of 11 teams at the Private College Invite at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis.

Freshman thrower Amy Blucker had a memorable performance, breaking the school’s record in the weight throw in her first meet as a Tiger.

Along with their performance at the Mike Lints Open at Allendale, Mich., the Lady Tigers have started their season on a successful note.

These successes have come as a result of offseason developments that have made the team a stronger force in the CCAC, according to junior Kortney Ellingboe.

“I think we have a pretty talented team,” Ellingboe said. “We have a good amount of freshmen that are able to help the team a little more.”

Ellingboe, who was named an NAIA All-American during last fall’s cross-country season, is among the members who have been major contributors to the team’s success.

Others include sophomore Tara Gonzalez, who took first in the 800-meter run at the Private College Invite, and junior Caitlin McPherson, who held the old school record in the weight throw.

But head coach Mike McDowell had a more critical look at the team’s strength in the new season.

“We’ve shored up in some events, and we are not as solid as we have been in other events,” McDowell said. “Our [sprint group] is going to have a big impact on how we score at the national Christian meets, the [NAIA] national championships and the CCAC championships.”

Besides the conference and national championships, other meets coming up include the Indiana Relays at Bloomington, Ind., on Jan. 27 and 28, and Hoosier Hills at Bloomington on Feb. 10 and 11.

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