Track and Field Off to Record-Breaking Start in 2019


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January 20: 2019: Emory Crossplex Invitational

As the Piedmont track and field team begin wrapping up their indoor season, they hope to carry their momentum into the outdoor season. With many great performances over the course of the season so far, the Piedmont track and field team will end the indoor season at Birmingham Southern College in the “Southern Challenge” on Feb. 11. Being the returning conference champions, the men’s track and field team definitely have a target on their backs this season, but that is not stopping their momentum. With the many defining moments this season, such as Alvin Jacob’s lone win in the 1000-meter race during the season’s indoor opener, and most recently Anthony Goodloe’s record-breaking triple jump victory on Feb. 2 at the Tiger Indoor Invitational, the team looks to be setting themselves up in a good position for another conference championship.

“I feel like we’re going to get another ring this year,” said junior distance runner Bryce Griggs. “We are definitely better than we were last year, we have more people on the team this year.”

With the addition of more team members, the Piedmont track and field team is able to qualify and compete in more field events than last season, giving them a boost in scores. The team’s new assets really showed their worth with their impressive performance at the Tiger Indoor Invitational on Feb. 2. Here, the field events team set 13 school records in events such as men’s and women’s weight throw, women’s pole vault, and men’s and women’s triple jump.

“If we just had distance runners, we can’t win, but having everyone else together really is what makes us better than anyone else,” Griggs said.

With an impressive season already underway, the Piedmont track and field team will hope to prevail with another conference championship. The team will travel to Birmingham to finish their indoor season on Feb. 11 at the “Southern Challenge.”