Track and field ready for Landmark Champs

BY CHRIS HOOKER, SPORTS EDITOR

You prepare for one day out of the year.

“At this point, it’s out of our hands,” head track and field coach Marty Owens said. “That’s the one thing I’ve been stressing, it’s kind of in their hands now. They can’t worry about anything else but what they are capable of doing.”

Track and field will host the Landmark Conference Championships at home on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m.

“We’re trying to keep them from looking at the performance list, there is no needed pressure,” Owens said. “We know Moravian is the defending champs and they’ll have that title until we or somebody else knocks them off.”

Moravian’s had a good run in the indoor LCC’s, winning each of the last three and currently ranked number 21 in the nation.

Freshman Peter Kerns will run in his first championship meet, but he said he is confident his team will get some big things accomplished in the upcoming.

“I think the team that Marty has put together has been organized and distributed to get the most amount of points,” he said. “I really do have great faith to beat Moravian.”

For his personal performance, Kerns will be running in the 200, the 400 and in the 4×400 relay.

“I’m really hoping to place in three events I’m in. The 4×4 should take it, and I’m hoping to get a top-two slot in my [open] events.”

Owens, too, is confident that his team will show up to produce against their conference rivals.

“I’m sure [Moravian] is feeling a little bit of pressure. We are one of the deeper teams going in. It’s going to be a matter of being 100 percent healthy. Everybody’s got to go in and take care of what they are capable of taking care of. If we don’t do our best, we’re not going to win. If we do what we’re capable of, see where the score falls, we’ll have a good shot of winning,” Owens said.

As far as predictions go, Owens would guarantee a victory, but said that he thinks he will give Moravian a run for their money.

He said he is expecting season-best times and added: “We know Moravian has a lot of good guys up front, they just lack the depth. This may be the last of the Moravian runs, because they have a bit more upperclassmen than we do. They are graduating some good scorers. Ken [Schetroma] is our only senior that is going to score, everything else will be freshman and sophomore’s basically. A couple juniors sprinkled in.”

“You look at years past,” he added. “Us being ranked in track didn’t happen too often. Here we are four weeks in a row being ranked top ten in the region. We’re definitely moving in the right direction. We got some work to do, but we’ll see where it goes on Saturday.”