Outdoor season begins for track teams

Gramblinite staff Excellence is required at Grambling State University; and the track team is no exception.

Southern University, Florida State and FAMU, just to name a few, are no competition for the Grambling Tigers track team as they travel to Florida today for the FAMU Relays this weekend.

"We expect to do well because we usually do well, " head coach, Bertram Lovell said.

Lovell explained that the weather has held the team back, so they are not in the best shape. He feels this weekend’s meet is the first true test of their endurance.

The SWAC Indoor Championship, held Feb. 25 and 26 in Baton Rouge, concluded the indoor season for the track teams. They came home with second place for the men’s and fifth place for the women’s team.

Triple jumper Herbert Harris said, "Now that the outdoor season has begun, I personally hope to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championship and be invited to the Texas Relays and other qualifying meets."

For Harris, along with many others, to win the SWAC Championship is the main goal for the outdoor season.

"Running for GSU has been a wonderful experience," said triple jumper Angela Bullock. "I have gained many lifetime friends." Along with Bullock, many seniors on the team hope for the best this season. "Domination" is key, according to men’s thrower Anthony Dale.

"Speaking on behalf of the field event athletes, we are going to dominate," he said.