Indoor track season to begin at YSU icebreaker meet
The Geneva College men’s and women’s track teams return to action for the first time this indoor season on Friday, Dec. 7 when they travel to Youngstown State University to compete in the annual Icebreaker Meet.
Both the men and women had strong seasons last year, with the women finishing third in the PAC by less than 10 points and the men finishing first, winning their first indoor PAC title in school history.
Head Coach Phil Thompson said he is excited to get the new season underway. “I’m really looking forward to seeing what we can do,” he said. “The team has been working hard and they are ready to go out and perform at a high level.”
Recently, the PAC released its preseason coaches’ poll which showed the team rankings going into the indoor season. The women were voted third in the conference, and the men were voted first.
The list of athletes to watch was also released. On the women’s side, juniors Jennifer Simmons and Lydia Swartzbaugh were recognized, alongside freshmen Jessie Taylor and Olivia Younger. On Friday, Swartzbaugh will compete in the long jump and triple jump. Younger will compete in the 200 meter dash and 60 meter hurdles.
For the men, seniors Alex Parker and Josh Duffie, junior David Dill, and sophomore Dom Data were all recognized as athletes to watch. On Friday, Parker will run the 60 meter dash, 60 meter hurdles, and 200 meter dash; Dill will run the 200 meter and 400 meter dash; and Data will run the 60 meter, 200 meter, and 400 meter dash.
Field events begin at 3 p.m. with the weight throw and running events begin at 4 p.m. with the 5,000 meter. Women compete first in all events.