‘Runners healthy, preparing for RMAC Championships

Metro ready for indoor finals after Twilight

It is safe to say that injuries are becoming less of an issue for the Metro track and field team. Injury held senior Lindsay Novascone from being able to participate in most of the indoor season, and almost left freshman Gabe Meidl from competing this weekend.

“This was only the second meet I was able to compete in this season,” Novascone said. “But in the RMAC Championship, long jump could be an option for me.”

Track sophomore Jacob Wolford looks on as teammates freshman Gabe Meidl, junior Kyle Hameister, and freshman Steve McMillon practice their starts in front of the Tivoli Feb. 23. The track team will participate in the RMAC Championships Feb. 26 and 27 in Golden. Photo by Daniel Clements

The Metro track sprinters went to Golden Feb. 19 to compete in the Colorado Mines Twilight Invitational. The women’s performance was impressive with Novascone and Meidl achieving their personal best in the 60-meter and the 400-meter.

Novascone placed fourth at the Twilight Invitational in the 60-meter run with a time of 8.05.

“I could have done better, I had a mishap at the start,” Novascone said. “But I will make it up next weekend.”

While Novascone was training for cross country earlier this year, she heard a snap in her foot and found out she sustained a stress fracture. The injury even held her in a boot for quite some time.

Meidl also attained a hamstring injury earlier last week before the Twilight Invitational.

“It happened last Monday when we were just warming up,” Meidl said. “I don’t know if it was the cold weather, but I tweaked it a little bit and was easy on it all week, icing it and stretching it.”

Meidl also beat his personal best with a 53.77 in the 400-meter sprint while being cautious with his hamstring, even while competing.

Sophomore Jacob Wolford nipped at Meidl’s heels, placing in fifth place with a time of 54.08 in the 400-meter sprint.

Redshirt Freshman Adrienne Bratton also placed a personal best in the triple jump. Bratton jumped 10.31 meters, and she is the only woman in school history to participate in the triple jump.

The men’s track team moved up one spot to No. 18 in the latest United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s top-25 poll Feb. 23.

In this week’s national performance list, junior Shawn Lindbom is ranked third in the 800-meters, while senior Rick Bogatay sits fourth.

The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championship meet will be Feb. 26 and 27 at Colorado School of Mines in Golden.

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