Story by John Sainz, The Saint Reporter
Photo courtesy of John Sainz
With the new year season comes a new season of athletics, and the women’s track team has quite a few resolutions this term. More specifically, senior distance runner Carley Woolcott shared with us both some team—and personal—goals for the season.
Veteran Profile: Woolcott has been a consistent force in years past, earning herself another conference championship in the 5000M, and the the XC Captain’s Award after last season. In her senior year, the Psychology major intends to qualify for the national meet yet again this year, for both indoor and outdoor track. “I ran the 10K last year, and this year, I’ve made it my personal goal to not only qualify, but break the school record,” said Woolcott. In addition, Woolcott aims to qualify for the Outdoor Nationals Marathon.
Key Matchups: Woolcott explained that Cornerstone University has given AQ a run for their money on the track, but that the Saints were confident in the challenge. Perhaps a more potent challenge for the team this this year, according to Woolcott, is Indiana Tech. “They are our benchmark team, and there has always been this attitude toward IT that they will win and that’s that,” said Woolcott, continuing, “this year, we want to prove that we are true contenders who can compete with them.”
Other Athletes to Watch: Clare Naughton, distance runner, is also a highly anticipated senior this year, along with fifth-year senior sprinter, Kaitlyn Henninger. Other athletes who should be on your radar this year are All-American junior, Kathy Middaugh, and Sophomore hurdler, Tori Desira.
Final Thoughts: The team took 2nd place last year at the WHAC conference championship meet, and several runners have consistently qualified for the national competition. Woolcott added that, “this season’s goals are not only to place well as a team, but to get as many people qualified for the nation meet as well.” –Which should be easy, considering that head coach, Dave Wood, believes this team offers the most dynamic and promising group of athletes he has ever seen. It is obvious that the AQ Women’s track team is a force to be reckoned with as they lace up for the season, and Indiana Tech ought not underestimate AQ in the weeks to come.