Track And Field Aims For Qualifying Marks At Musco Twilight
The Drake University track and field team will make the short trip across I-80 on Saturday to compete in the annual Musco Twilight at the University of Iowa. Field events begin at 1 p.m. with running starting at 5 p.m. as the Bulldogs line up against teams from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Illinois, Iowa State and UNI.
The team has three meets left to hit the necessary qualifying marks for the NCAA Preliminary round and that will be one of the top goals for the squad heading into Saturday’s meet.
“This will be some great competition and we hope to better our performances,” said Drake head coach Natasha Kaiser-Brown. “We’re using it as a tune-up against Big Ten and Big 12 competition to go after qualifying times. It’s one more high-level competition before the conference meet.”
With that conference meet two weeks away on the horizon, Kaiser-Brown is looking to solidify her roster for the MVC Championships with athletes aiming to improve their times and secure a spot on the conference roster.
To date, the Bulldogs have recorded 28 performances this season that rank in the top 10 on the MVC performance list. Last weekend at the Drake Relays, the team scattered 10 top-10 performances scattered across three days of competition. On Thursday evening the team recorded five personal bests during the distance carnival with Conor Wells’ 10,000-meter personal best of 30:12.42 leading the way as he finished seventh with the sixth-best 10,000-meter time in the MVC.
With an eye set toward regional qualification, four athletes in five events are in position to qualify with six others nearing the necessary ranking to advance.
Following the Musco Twilight, the team will travel to Cedar Falls, Iowa, for the Messersmith Invitational on May 9 prior to the MVC Championship the following weekend in Carbondale, Ill.