Schedule of Events
– After winning the Atlantic 10 Indoor Championships earlier this season, the University of Dayton track and field team has its sights set on its first A-10 Outdoor Championship when they travel to Charlotte, N.C. this weekend for the A-10 Outdoor Championships.
DaytonFlyers.com had a chance to sit down with Head Coach Adam Steinwachs before he left with the team for the meet on Thursday. We asked Coach Steinwachs to reflect on the meets leading up to this weekend and talk about his student-athletes.
Can you talk about the performance of the girls this spring? Did they perform up to your expectations?
Coach Adam Steinwachs:
The girls have done very well this spring, in spite of less than ideal weather conditions for practice and competition. The team is definitely ready to go!
Who has had the biggest breakthrough in their event during the year? What has been the difference for them?
We have had quite a few, which is a testament to their work ethic and the culture of the team. Emily Zimmerman, Liz Coorey, Maura Bulgrin, Elissa Mason, Lindsey Cummings, Kerry Allen, Mallory Barnes, Renee Otte, & Courtney Siebenaller have all set new personal best marks this season and/or broken a school record and most have a shot at qualifying for the NCAA Regional Championship.
What events are going to be the most crucial for you on Saturday and Sunday?
Every event counts. We're stronger in some areas than others so we need to capitalize on our strengths to help our weaknesses as much as possible.
You've had a number of records broken this season in both your indoor and outdoor seasons. Can you talk about how important it is for the program to be able to snap records on a regular basis?
It's great to see the girls rewarded for the time and effort they put into this. Our records over the last four years have become very respectable across the board. To break them now means you are a stud!
What do you think about the other teams around the A-10?
We are right there with Charlotte. Rhode Island has a strong team and hopefully we'll get some help from the rest of the conference in some our other events.
The team finished second last season at the A-10 Outdoor Championships. What do you think your team will need to do in order to achieve its first outdoor championship?
I think we need to overachieve! Charlotte will be a handful this weekend, so we need to dig deep.
Events begin on Saturday at the Irwin Belk Track and Field Center in Charlotte. The meet will begin with the heptathlon at 9 a.m. on Saturday and conclude with 10,000 meter run at 7:45 p.m. On Sunday, the decathlon begins at 8:45 a.m. and closing ceremonies will be held at 3:30 p.m. following the men’s 4x400 relay at 2:45 p.m.