Track and field takes first place

Nathanial Brinkman

The UW Oshkosh men’s and women’s track and field teams hosted the Titan Challenge at Kolf Sports Center on Saturday, Feb. 20. Both teams came out on top, with the men scoring 170 and the women scoring 151. According to Head Coach Ben Dorsey, the at-home meet gave the team a break by not having to spend time on the road. “The week before conference we don’t want to be at a huge meet,” Dorsey said. “We don’t want to spend all Saturday at a meet the week before because that can be exhausting for the athletes. Especially with us hosting the conference meet this year it is nice to be on our home track the week before so we’re used to the settings and things like that.” There were several individual standout performers for the Titans in Saturday’s meet. Seniors Caitlyn McCormick and Taylor Sherry finished first and second in the women’s 400 meter dash with times of 58.42 and 58.63, respectively. McCormick said the race was important to her and she is very pleased with her results. “Going into the 400, I knew it was going to be a close race because there was really good competition,” McCormick said. “I spent time before the race visualizing how I wanted the race to go and when it came down it, I put myself in the perfect position and ended up running a lifetime PR [personal record] which felt great, especially heading into conference.” Dorsey said he was very impressed with McCormick’s race in the 400. “I’m really proud of Caitlyn,” Dorsey said. “She’s been really patient in letting things progress as far as the training goes. So for her to have this breakout performance that she had at the Titan Challenge is huge for confidence going into conference and hopefully nationals.” In the long jump, Sherry took first with a jump of 5.59 meters, and Dorsey said he was impressed with it. “Taylor had a very nice jump in the long jump, and long jump is not one of her primary events,” Dorsey said. “It was an incredible jump for her and it ranks among the all time best here at Oshkosh.” As for the men, Sophomore Kallen Bentz won the 200-meter dash and took fifth in the 400-meter dash. Dorsey said he is impressed with Bentz’s performance. “What was so impressive about Kallen’s 200 meter dash was that at the beginning of the indoor season he had some hamstring problems, so this was his first meet in which he was able to run in open events,” Dorsey said. “Kallen needed to perform well in order to get good seeding for conference and he accomplished that with his times. I’m excited to see where he is at for conference.” Bentz said he is confident and excited heading into the conference meet. “I am very excited with the position I have put myself in to succeed,” Bentz said. “My times have been on par if not better than I have ever performed. I am looking forward to a great team and individual performance at conference.” The Titans are looking to continue their success as they host the WIAC indoor track and field championships at Kolf Sports Center Feb. 26-27.