Women’s track and field team prepares for Bill Bergan Invitational

Stephen Koenigsfeld

For the second time in two weeks, ISU men’s and women’s track and field will compete together at home. Coming off the official season opener, athletes and coaches are prepared for the meet.

“This is the second week of our cycle so I think everyone is going to come off of [the meet] a little more energetic,” said redshirt sophomore Hayli Bozarth.

The women’s team managed to stay healthy coming out of the Iowa State Open this past weekend. The coaches did not report any injuries.

The women are preparing for a few things before their meet this weekend to see that progress they want.

“Keep building,” said redshirt sophomore Tressa Borchardt on the team’s goals. “I would like to be consistently building, not just here and there. I just want to keep building off of last week’s performance and building in practice.

Bozarth agreed with Borchardt on how consistent performances will help create progress.

“Everyone’s goal each meet is to set a new [personal record],”¬†Bozarth said,¬†“but if you can’t do that, then I’d say consistency is the next best key.”

After last weekend’s performances from the athletes, coaches will get an early glance at what some athletes will be able to do down the road.

“We’ve got some kids that should be able to run close to the national qualifying times,” said coach Corey Ihmels. “Other individuals might be a little further away, but we really try to be ready to roll at the Iowa State Classic.”

The ISU track and field teams will host the Bill Bergan Invitational starting Thursday and ending Saturday evening.