As the school year comes to a close and students start cramming for spring semester finals, athletes are still working hard to finish out their seasons strong. The WIU Track team is staying focused and committed to working hard and ending their season with big successes.
The WIU Track team completed their indoor season in the middle of February at the Summit League Indoor Championships. The team was very successful bringing home three Summit League Champions. Jamario Taylor took the men’s high jump, Dana Larue took the women’s shot put and weight throw, and Nathaniel Marshall took the men’s weight throw. On top of that, the team received seven All-Summit League honors, including Jamario Taylor, Dana Larue, Nathaniel Marshall, Zach Glasebrook, Talisa Watson, Justin Kilpatrick, and Tynan Murray.
The team is now in the middle of their outdoor season. They just finished hosting the 24th annual Lee Calhoun Memorial Meet on Saturday April 13th. This is a big event for the WIU Track team because they organize the meet, one that brings in teams from all over the country. During this meet, various alumni events and fun activities are organized as well. Megan McGlone and Dana Larue both won in their respective events and represented WIU very well on their home turf. The men’s team took 3rd overall out of 20 teams and the women took 5th out of 15 teams.
Head Coach David Beauchem, said, “Our track team learns the importance of being ready for the big day.” Coach Beauchem explained to me that the team could do great in a regular meet, but it all comes down to how they perform at the championships. “I love seeing the success of the team during a championship conference after all of the hard work they have put in during practices and <at> other meets,” said Beauchem.
The track team heads to Des Moines, Iowa this weekend. The next weekend they will travel to Northern Illinois to the Messersmith Invitational. The team is also preparing for the Summit League Outdoor Championships, which are scheduled for May 9th through May 11th in Muncie, Indiana. Then, they will finish out their season at the NCAA Outdoor Championships on June 5th through June 8th in Eugene, Oregon.
Coach Beauchem said the best part of being a coach is getting to spend time with the team members at the day-to-day practices. He said he also loves seeing the success of the team as a whole. And while the season is winding down, the team is already thinking about next year. Coach Beauchem and the WIU Track team would like to invite alumni to the 25th annual Lee Calhoun Memorial meet in 2014. “This will be held next April, and we would love to see all the alumni participate in all the extra activities we have going on,” Beauchem said.
Photo Above: Jamario Taylor [WIU Visual Production Center]