Track and field team returns to competition after week off

Brad Frank and Brad Frank

Like most college students at home during winter break, they’ll use the time off from school to rest and recover from the previous semester, but eventually during that break they want to go back to school and see their friends.

The BG women’s track and field team enjoyed having last weekend off from competition after competing for three consecutive weekends to start the season, but now they’ve had enough time to rest and recover and are ready to get back into competition.

Today the Falcons host the start of the All-Ohio Championships, a two-day event, the majority of which will take place tomorrow. Miami and Ohio will be competing from the Mid-American Conference alongside BG. A number of men’s teams will be competing throughout the meet as well.

The women’s action begins at 5 p.m. today inside Perry Field House, starting with the 60 meter hurdles. The first event tomorrow begins shortly after 10 a.m. for the women.?

BG was scheduled to compete at the Meyo Invitational last weekend in South Bend, Ind., but coach Cami Wells decided to use the weekend to rest so that the team could have a chance to recover from its first three meets of the season.

She is hoping her decision will pay off in this weekend’s meet.

“We used last week to train harder because we didn’t have a meet on the weekend, and then we used to weekend itself to give them some recovery time,” she said. “They got some time work on school work and get some rest, but they’re hungry to compete again.”

The team expects to face some of the best competition they’ll see all season and is looking to enter the conference championship meet with some momentum.

“It’s obviously very important for us to do well at this meet to put ourselves into position to go into the conference meet on a positive note and performing at our best,” Wells said.

“This weekend we’ll have good competition in all of the events. In some events we’ll have very good competition. We’ll just have to fight for points in the areas where it’s more competitive and capitalize on the areas where there might not be as much competition.”

The Falcons’ next meet is in two weeks at the MAC Championships in Mount Pleasant, Mich.