Men's Track and Field Attempts to Repeat Conference Title
Last season, the BSC Men’s Outdoor Track & Field team set the standard. In 2016, BSC won the conference meet by 87.5 points and qualified two athletes for NCAA Nationals. Jamal Watkins (60-Meter Dash) and Cameron Luster (Triple Jump) qualified for Nationals during the regular season, which sent them to championship this past summer. A month before competing at nationals, Watkins and Luster assisted the Panthers’ sizable victory and scored 50 combined points at the conference meet. Why is that significant? The men’s team won the conference title by almost 90 points, but the two national qualifying athlete’s scored 50 of them. If Watkins and Luster rested themselves during the conference championship for a later date, the Panthers would likely still have proven victorious.
Dominance comes in all shapes and sizes, but in this case, it comes in a 34-man roster. In addition to Watkins and Luster, Coach Kenneth Cox’s group contains nationally-recognized cross country runners, throwers, and a pole vaulter. Throwers Kameren Morgan and Michael Snow both look to repeat their conference titles in the hammer throw and shotput, respectively. Distance runners Chris Roberts and Tim McOmber competed for the DIII Cross Country National Championship last fall, and this experience prepared them for record breaking 5k and steeplechase performances this season. Pole Vaulter David Harrison Campbell has improved his personal best time on several occasions this season with high aspirations of medaling at the conference meet. With every event group returning almost all of its athletes, a championship repeat seems all but guaranteed. Coach Cox believes differently.
"I am not content with what we did last year. We celebrated the conference victory, but if we want to be the best in the nation we have to be consistent." When asked about the program’s progression, Cox continues, “We have the potential to be greater than we were last year. The progression isn’t over at all, but we need to continue to strive for excellence.”