By Adnan Basic
The women’s track and field team here at Roosevelt are ready to make the difficult transition from indoor to outdoor competition.
The team started the calendar year with the indoor season, which runs from the beginning of January to the end of February. That campaign was opened up at Carthage College, as Roosevelt took part in the Private College Invitational.
Although the team finished sixth, there were still some personal highlights. Senior Jessica Fuller grabbed second place in the 400 meter dash, with sophomore Addie Crocker finishing right behind her in third.
Roosevelt ended the indoor season on a positive note, taking part in the CCAC indoor track and field championships. Senior Wuraola Sosina ended her indoor collegiate career in style, breaking the Roosevelt school record in the 200 meter dash.
Starting the year indoor has helped Roosevelt runners prepare themselves for the future, and senior Jackie Fuller says the indoor season helped her learn more about herself and her abilities.
“This indoor season was when I really started to understand that my body can handle more than I think. In previous seasons I was afraid to push my limits because I didn’t want to fail. So for outdoor season this year I hope to continue to test my limits and I think I will be surprised by how far I could go.”
The transition from indoor meets to outdoor ones in tough, and head coach Aaron King said he believes it’s only harder for Roosevelt runners considering the school’s location. “The biggest difference is mental toughness. Being in the Midwest, good racing weather is hard to come by. This outdoor season has been full of meet cancellations, cold rain, and bone chilling wind. These elements really separate the mentally tough and the mentally weak. You can only worry about what you can control. At the end of the day, just go and do your best.”
Coach King said goals do not change but his biggest goal is to see improvement from the team. King said he felt this is done by achieving small goals. “Goals are the same every year, better than last year. We really push the development of our runners year after year. To do so, we focus on ;small daily victories,” King said.
“This idea is something my old coach, Kevin Licht, instilled in us while I competed at Roosevelt. This idea that the little things that excite us can make all the difference in motivating us to put the miles in day in and day out,” King said.
“Get excited about running a fast tempo run, or about crushing an 18 mile long run, or a nice day to run on the beautiful lakefront path. It is those things that can really change the way you respond to training.”
For Jackie Fuller, the goals have stayed the same over the course of her Roosevelt career. “My goals for the end of the season are to end the year in better shape than where I started, and run fast!”