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Track & field SoCon tournament begins

Chris Ford / Reporter

The Elon Phoenix women's track & field team is poised and ready for the Southern Conference championships.

Having performed well all season, the team is anxious to perform at the championships, which are being held in Statesboro, Ga., home of Georgia Southern.

Confidence seems to be a common trait among the team members.

"I think we have been doing very well this season, but that does not surprise me," senior Alana Black said.  "Everyone works really hard, so I expected us to really perform this season."

This year's Phoenix women's outdoor track team had many personal and team records broken over the course of the season.  Despite these accomplishments, several players believe the team will continue to improve in seasons to come.

"Looking at all the records that have been set and broken this season, I do not believe we have performed to our full potential," sophomore Dominique Price said.  "We are constantly making improvements, and I believe we will be even better next season."

Improvement seems to be a very noticeable and continuing process for the team.  At the most recent Southern Conference Indoor Track Championships, the team scored more points than they had the previous year.  In addition, the athletes continue to surprise their teammates with better and better times each meet.

"I am surprised at how well our distance runners are doing and how much they are contributing and will contribute in the conference championships," junior Alice Turner said.  "We also have some great freshmen who have been and will be assets to our success."

The team's strongest events going into the Southern Conference championships will be the Steeplechase, 100m and 400m hurdles, pole vault, discus, shot put, the 4x400 relay and the 800m, 1500m, 3000m and 5000m events.

The 800m races will be an especially strong event for the Phoenix, as both Black and freshman Chavanne Hubbard are ranked in the top five in the Southern Conference for the event.

The team is very optimistic about their chance of success at the championships.

"I fully expect the team to perform well," Hubbard said.  "I expect we will finish close to the top."

Although the athletes seem to constantly exude confidence, they are not perfect, and will need to perform at a very high level to contend with other, larger Southern Conference competitors.

"I think team work and determination are our keys to a good finish," Turner said.  "We have a lot of girls who have a lot of heart and will step up to the plate if necessary.  If everyone works hard and performs to the best of their ability, that is all any coach or teammate could ask for."

The team has much to be hopeful about, given their constant improvement during the last year.

"I think the team will perform really well," Price said.  "I'm excited to see how everything will fall into place."

Contact Chris Ford at pendulum@elon.edu or 278-7247.