WSC Track and Field prepared for NSIC conference meet


John Campbell

Cody Rodgers soaring through the air during long jump.

John Campbell, Staff Writer

After finding success in the last few indoor meets, Wayne State College is prepared to head into the last weeks of the season. 

WSC track and field coaches are starting to prepare the athletes for the end of the season.  

“The practices have not changed that much, we are still working on fundamental skills coming out of blocks, runway work, and fine-tuning skills,” Travis Kamm, the sprints, hurdles and jumps coach, said. “Moving into these last two weeks preparing for the last meeting and conference we are lighting up their workload, so they feel fresh.” 

On Feb. 12, the WSC T&F team went to Mount Marty University where they would have 10 first place finishes between field and track events as well as an abundance of second and third place finishes. This meet also provided an opportunity for athletes to post some of their best marks.  

“I was incredibly happy with how the meet went, the men’s and women’s sprint and jump squad continues to improve, they had competed extremely well, we had a ton of personal bests, season bests collegiate bests,” Kamm said.  

Having a confidence booster like that can provide some momentum for the team as they head into the NSIC championship. 

 “It is a huge confidence boost to the team and the athletes after picking up some good finishes,” Bryce Holcomb, a senior mid distance runner, said. 

Proceeding into this last weekend on Saturday, Feb. 19, the team traveled to Brookings, South Dakota to compete at the SDSU last chance meet, where athletes had the opportunity to put up their best marks before going to conference.  

At the meet, they would have two first place finishes; Bryce Holcomb wins the 600m dash in a time of 1:21.75 and Dylan Kneifl wins the men’s high jump with a mark of 6’6 ¾”. The team also had two second place finishes, and three third place finishes.  

“The goal for this meet was to get a few more kids qualified for the NSIC conference meet, get some people to hit the national qualifying marks,” Kamm said.  

The team is in a good mindset as they approach the Conference meet.  

“I think team morale is close to being at an all-time high,” Holcomb said. “We have teammates that go out and encourage you during meets while you run, jump, or throw. But outside of competitions my teammates encourage each other in practice, and that helps build confidence.”  

Even Kamm had taken notice of the team’s energy.  

“Just watching the group practice this last week the energy much more positive and infectious, I think that will help us propel into the spring season too,” Kamm said. 

The WSC track and field team heads up to Mankato Minnestoa on Feb. 25 to compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championship Meet to compete against the best the NSIC has to offer. 

Bryce Holcomb wins 600m dash with a time of 1:21 (John Campbell)
Dylan Kneifl wins men’s high jump with a mark of 6’6 ¾” (John Campbell)