Track and Field Travels to Raleigh Relays

Category:  Sports
Thursday, March 31st, 2016 at 12:28 PM
Track and Field Travels to Raleigh Relays by Mike Lantinen
Elliott Martynkiewicz opened up his track season with a 14:24 in the 5,000 meter run, a new personal record.

Following a trip to UNC Charlotte for the 49er classic, Edinboro’s track and field team sent a select number of individuals on a return trip to the same state’s capital, Raleigh. A growing tradition for the team, the Raleigh Relays gives the Scots an opportunity early in the season to go up against top flight talent and strive for qualifying standard times.

On the women’s side, freshman phenom, Ida Narbuvoll placed 10th in the 10,000 meter run and met the NCAA provisional qualifying standard in her very first meet of the year.

After competing in the indoor national championship meet less than two weeks ago, Narbuvoll has carried over her peak performance level long enough to showcase her talents in the first possible opportunities she had. Narbuvoll crossed the line in 34:39.28.

“I don’t have to peak for another 10,000 since I’m already in, so that means I can more or less just start preparing for nationals right now,” she said.

Narbuvoll continued, “It’s definitely a big advantage to be safe [and] to get in this early in the season.”

Senior Elliott Martynkiewicz, one of the few athletes who made two consecutive trips to North Carolina, showed no signs of fatigue with a stellar performance, giving himself a provisional qualifying time and breaking his own personal record at the 5K distance.

Finishing with a final time of 14:24.65 in the 5,000, Martynkiewicz placed 36th in a field stacked with division one talent.

“The longer trips are tough. I just try to stay relaxed and comfortable. Being on a few longer trips has definitely helped me get used to it. I’ve learned to not worry about the race until the day of,” he said.

Due to limited racing opportunities for the men during the indoor season, a unique chance arose to utilize the time for higher intensity training. Rather than having to reach your peak performance level at two different times, February and May, the men’s team can theoretically focus on their outdoor season, hoping they peak for the national meet.

“Coach Hammer can have us running fast in March and qualifying for conference and nationals early and then working on preparing to run our best for those races the rest of the season,” said Martynkiewicz.

Joining Martynkiewicz for the 5,000 was fellow cross country teammates Jon Gusew and Corey Wefing. Gusew would narrowly miss the provisional standard for the PSAC championship meet with a time of 15:25.28.

Sophomore mid-distance runner Joel Lohr continued his chase to break the 50 second barrier in the 400 meter dash. Closing out in a time of 50.31, Lohr’s quest will continue as he nears closer and closer.

Lutheran West alumni, Gabby Schultz, followed her performance in the shot put last weekend, improving from 13.15 meters to 13.39 meters. She was able to place 17th overall.

Also finishing well for the women was sophomore Rebekkah Bond. After focusing on the 800 last season, she has shifted her focus to incorporate the 1,500 meter run.

“I’m still trying to learn the 1,500. I think eventually it will be my better event, but for now I feel more comfortable in the 800. So when I run the 1,500, I just try to stay relaxed and confident,” she said.

Bond continued, “The training for both is pretty similar, except for my last workout before a 1,500 is different then it would be if I was doing an 800.”

Both the men and the women also fielded two 4x800 meter relay teams. On the men’s side, Corey Wefing, Brady Deaner, Martynkiewicz and Joel Lohr placed 10th and finished in 7:50.29. Bond, Abby Peters, Abbey Lang and Narbuvoll would run for the women and place 12th with a time of 9:31.54.

“It’s pretty awesome [to have two strong teams]. The team gets excited for each other. Before the 800 at the indoor PSAC (championships) when Gabby won shot put I was so excited for her right before my race!” said Bond (an 800 she would end up winning.)

Narbuvoll felt inspired after her weekend as well, stating, “I have to point out that I haven’t done this alone.”

She continued, “There are so many others who deserved credit for getting me here. I have awesome teammates who are a big reason for why I’ve raced so well for Edinboro. We’re in this as a team.”

The Edinboro track and field team will continue their season as they visit PSAC neighbor Slippery Rock for the open invitational.

Mike Lantinen is a Staff Writer for The Spectator.

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