Colleen Slattery, Sports Editor
Snow covered the red Oklahoma soil outside the window of the bus as the University of Dallas track-and-field teams traveled to Norman, Okla., this past weekend for the Central Oklahoma University Indoor Invite. Unlike last weekend’s meet, this one was well-attended and most of our athletes came prepared to put their hard work to good use on the indoor track. The competition was stiff, with our Division III athletes up against many Division II and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes (NAIA) competitors, many of whom have been competing in the indoor-track season since December.
Freshman Katie McIntyre put in a strong showing on Saturday. She continues to lead the women’s sprinting squad at UD, finishing the 60-meter dash in 8.87 seconds and the 200-meter dash in 28.40 seconds. Freshman Elizabeth Depew was the second fastest in the 60-meter dash for the women, with a time of 9.02 seconds.
“This past meet really showed the sprinters where we’re at and what we need to work on for the upcoming outdoor season,” McIntyre said. “I think the 200 in particular showed the team that we are all in a really great position this early on in the season to make a big impact in higher-level conference meets outdoors.”
The sprinting team is looking stronger than ever for the University of Dallas women’s team. In addition to the sprinting events, Colleen Slattery competed in the women’s pentathlon on Saturday. This is one of the first times that a UD athlete had competed in the pentathlon in the past 10 years. The events that comprise the pentathlon are the 60-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump and the 800-meter run. After a long and grueling day of competition, Slattery scored 1980 points, her best event being the 800-meter run (2:36).
Freshmen on the team continue to impress, as Barton Holdridge, a key component of the men’s mid-distance squad, raced to a 52.45-second finish in the 400-meter dash, placing him 12th overall in the event.
The men’s distance runners all competed in the 3000-meter run. The race was a sight to see, with a large chunk of navy blue amidst the pack of competitors racing around the 200-meter track. Sophomore Ryan McAnany blazed around all 15 laps, beaten out of first place by only a head and shoulders. McAnany finished in a time of 9:21 and placed 11th overall for the event.
When asked about his success in light of his recent return from Rome, McAnany admitted that he knew training in Rome wasn’t going to be easy.
“I just tried to focus on staying in shape and running whenever I got the chance to,” he said. “So whenever we were all checking in and everyone was napping because they were so tired, I would normally go out for a run and explore the city.”
With regard to his race, McAnany said, “I felt great! It was my first time at an indoor track race, so I was pretty nervous, but when the gun went off, I sprinted out to the front and knew that I felt good. It was great to be back competing again, and I’m looking forward to my race next week!”
The Crusaders will be competing at their first outdoor meet this Friday, Feb. 14, at the East Texas Baptist University Relays.