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As the spring season approaches, that means the return of outdoor track and field at UW-Parkside is upon us. Coming off of a successful indoor season, the team is getting prepared for the rest of the campaign as they try to bring more success to the program.
On March 9, the NCAA Indoor Championships took place in Birmingham Alabama and the Rangers had two representatives compete at the event.
On the men’s side, senior long distance runner, Armando Torres was running in the 5000 meter. This was Torres’ first time ever running in the national championships, so the opportunity was great.
Torres finished 15th in the competition with a time of 14:37. The winner of the contest from Missouri Southern University set a record with his time of 13:42. With his performance on the national level, Torres has a good chance to earn All-American honors on the national level for the first time ever.
On the women’s side of things, senior team leader Moriah Palmer made yet another appearance in the national event. Palmer finished in 14th place in her event, which was also the 5000 meter race. This season was an especially tough one for Palmer as she dealt with a lot of back pain in the last two months of the season. “This was a learning process for her and there are a lot of new pieces to the puzzle. Once she puts them all together we know that the result will be special,” said head coach Thomas Breitbach when asked about Palmer’s performance at the event, and overall this season.
This was Palmer’s second consecutive appearance at the NCAA National Championship and she was the only runner from the GLVC to be at the event.
In the coming weeks, the team will be preparing for the start of the much anticipated outdoor season. The outdoor portion of the schedule will kick off at the end of the month, when the team will compete in the Washington University in St. Louis Invitational. That event will take place on March 31, and April 1. The team will then participate in the Marquette Invitational in Milwaukee on April 7.