After coming off of a fresh conference victory last weekend in Wooster, OH, I am traveling with the track team to the Division III Track and Field National Championships in Naperville, IL. I can’t imagine a much better way to spend my Spring Break than cheering on my fellow athletes.
The track team took two vans to make the trip to support Wabash’s two representatives at the meet: Jake Waterman in the 800, and Ronnie Posthauer in the 60 hurtles. Both qualified for the finals tomorrow from the preliminary heats this evening, Waterman winning his heat in 1:52.3 and Ronnie placing fifth in his heat with a time of 8:16.
I was more than happy to make the trip because I knew it would be a great opportunity to see an extremely competitive meet. I will be nervous when Jake’s 800m run begins, not because I doubt Jake can win it, but because I am extremely excited to watch him do it! As I also run the 800, having Waterman on the team and seeing him run has been a truly inspiring and humbling experience. He trains and competes at such a high level that makes me realize how much hard work it takes to be a champion. It will be fun to watch Jake compete for his first ever indoor national championship, but it will also be a learning experience.
Being a part of the track team has been great both for accomplishing personal goals and achieving victories as a team, and I can’t imagine a better way to end to the indoor season than supporting Jake and Ronnie tomorrow!