Women's track & field 2019 season preview

Rachel Seligson
Rachel Seligson

DENVER – The Johnson & Wales University women's track and field team has a pretty simple approach to the 2019 outdoor season: Keep getting faster.

The Wildcats have been staying on task so far leading up to their first meet of the season on Saturday at the Jerry Quiller Classic at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

"With us, if people have seen the results and coaches around the conference have been paying attention, they're going to see a vastly improved team from previous years," second-year coach Chris Sandefur said. "We had a lot of momentum coming off of cross country, and the team did a good job of working hard this winter.

"I think it's pretty hard to find anybody that has not been setting personal best times already."

Juniors Rachel Seligson (Palo Alto, CA) and Rebecca Brock (Amarillo, TX) are two Wildcats to keep an eye on this spring. Seligson led JWU at the SCAC cross country championships in the fall when she placed 24th individually.

Both Seligon and Brock are coming off strong indoor campaigns, which included Brock setting the school indoor record in the 800-meter run at the Air Force Open. Seligson posted personal-best times in both the 3,000 and 5,000 this past winter.

"For the most part I was just focusing on improving my times each race, and I think did a good job of doing that," Brock said of her indoor season. "I just want to continue that into the spring season as well."

The start of the outdoor schedule on Saturday means the Wildcats have six weeks before they make their first-ever appearance at the SCAC track & field championships on April 26-27 in San Antonio, Texas. Until then, Sandefur wants his athletes to keep their heads down and continue putting in the necessary sweat equity.

"I'm not necessarily looking at race performance; I'm looking at how we're performing in workouts and I know that when we put in different type of work later in the year, I know from years past that the results are going to be there when they need to be," Sandefur said. "When we go into races this time of year, we just work on running smart races and using strategy and knowing that as training progresses throughout the year, the results are going to be there."