Out with the bad, in with the good. A winning attitude is what will take the Michigan State University Track and Field team into the Big Ten Indoor Championship this weekend.
Moving forward, the team takes note on how things went at the Spire Invitational two weekends ago. It was a long competition and it wasn’t well planned out by the meet hosts, which led to athletes Tori Franklin and Jarred Gambrell having some frustrations with becoming frustrated in the triple jump, according to Head Coach Walt Drenth.
The first day of competition is important, according to Drenth. “In the conference championship all of the preliminaries or most of the preliminaries are ran on day one,” said Drenth.
The finals, held on Friday, are equally important, with the distance medley, the 3,000, and other field events taking part on that day. Drenth added that leaders have the opportunity to really set the standard for everyone else.
“When I think of leaders I think of people like Leah O’Connor, Antonio James and Tori Franklin.” Drenth said. Running the 3,000 is O’Conner with best time at 9:07.88. Setting the school record with shot put is James with his best throw at 19.93 meters. Last but not least, Franklin participates in the 400 metre dash and the triple jump. Her best run is at 54.75 and triple jump at 13.56 meters.
Drenth continued, “They have great presence in a meet like this. They really sort of show the way just in terms of how they behave, how they are excited to compete and engage in the competition.”
Trying to get the team into the right frame of mind is important. Focusing on managing the things they can control, not getting distracted by the things they can’t and just being at their best is the go-to plan, according to Drenth.
“We have to go in Friday with the idea that we’re going to be really good.” Drenth continued, “Then finish the deal, so we can compete again on Saturday.”
The Big Ten Indoor Championship will be Friday, Feb. 27 and Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
DeAnna Sanders is a multimedia journalist for Impact Sports