The Broncos track and field team looks to build on a solid season opening performance when the distance runners travel to Seattle for the UW Invitational. The rest of the team will stay home for the Ed Jacoby Invitational and Multi at the indoor facility in Nampa.
They are looking to build on the Jackson Invitational in the opening meet, where the Broncos were able to collect four titles on the final day. It was Allan Schroeder and Karyna Armstrong who helped lead the Broncos, as each set personal records in their respective events. Schroeder, a senior from Mead, Wash., set a personal record while winning the mile. On the other hand, Armstrong who is only a freshman, was able to extend her personal record by over nine feet.
“Going into the first meet of the season you never really know what to expect, especially distance runners who are just coming off winter base training,” Schroeder said.
Both members felt confident coming into the season and are happy for the strong start to the season.
“It’s super cool, especially since it’s the first meet of the season; it’s always nice to get off on a good foot and set up the rest of your season,” Schroeder said. “When I came out with a big P.R. (personal record) it definitely made me feel good.”
Getting major contributions from the freshmen is something that not only will help the Broncos this year, but will be a solid foundation to build on for a few years to come. Armstrong remains focused even after breaking her own personal record, adding she needs to continue to work hard.
“It was exciting; I can’t let it get to me. I need to keep getting better this season,” Armstrong said. “It’s a good note to start off with and keep building from where we’re at now.”
The distance rununers will travel to Seattle for a two day meet on Jan. 31- Feb. 1 where the indoor facility has a knack for aiding runners in faster times.
“Their indoor facility is super nice; it is one of the fastest indoor tracks in the country,” Schroeder said. “It should just be another opportunity to run fast.”
If the Broncos had any jitters entering the season, they were able to shake them early on with the Jacksons Invitational.
The team has their next three meets indoors as they will avoid the treacherous winter elements.