Kansas Track & Field Hosts Media Day
Jan. 17, 2013
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Kansas track & field head coach Stanley Redwine along with assistant coaches and select student-athletes met with members of the media Thursday morning to preview the highly anticipated 2013 season. Coach Redwine began the day with an overview of this year's men's and women's teams and was followed by his assistant coaches discussing their specific event groups. Below is are videos and transcripts of Redwine's, the assistants' and the athletes' comments.
Head Coach Stanley Redwine
"We're excited about both the men's and women's teams. We have a coach that is gone and going to a meet, Coach (Tom) Hays is at the UCS Vault Summit in Reno, Nev. So he's not here. We're excited that things are going well with the team but there's still a lot of work that we have to do. We're excited where we are but, to me, we have a target on our back and we'll need to step up to the challenge every time we compete. We're looking forward to the opportunities to compete and get better."
"We've had a couple home meets already this year. Our men's team is really doing well. We had some facility records broken and some national leaders. On the women's team we also had some facility records breakers, school record breakers and NCAA leaders. Those are the things that we, as coaches, really work hard for. The athletes are really working hard to get better so we're excited that they've responded to everything that we have given to them. We're looking forward to making sure those things happen and looking forward to having a great season, both indoors and outdoors."
Sprints/Hurdles coach Elisha Brewer
Horiztontal Jumps/Multi-Events coach Wayne Pate
"Obviously our women's crew is very strong. We have a lot of senior leadership in Andrea (Geubelle) and Francine (Simpson). I think that our younger girls are doing everything they can to hold on to that tradition those senior girls have established. I think Lindsay (Vollmer) as well as Sydney Conley, who is (Coach Redwine's) niece, are responding very well to the training as well as any freshman that we have. It's a lot different than what she had in high school. She's having an adjustment period which most of the freshman do have but she's coming along just fine. We do have another senior who is in the mutli-events, Rebecca Neville, who's training really hard. She's actually PR'd in two of the meets we've had. I'm excited about the group of kids we have. I think there are going to be some big things that happen in our group and I hope you guys are around to watch it."
Middle Distance/Distance coach Michael Whittlesey
"With the middle distance/distance we lost a significant impact on the women's side with Rebeka Stowe but we do have a young freshman, Hannah Richardson, that I think is going to step in and have a good, solid impact on the middle distance side of things. We have a veteran coming back, Natalie Becker, who will help solidify that along with Maddy Rich and Kathleen Thompson. From a distance perspective, we have a couple seniors in Tessa Turcotte and Kyra Kilwein who are supposed to both hold strong in that area. We have a lot of work to do to really have the impact we need from a national standpoint. But I think there are some people that are in the position to really help the team on a consistent basis."
"On the men's side we return a really strong group. They had a very solid cross country season. I think they gained a lot of experience and confidence for what they can do, not only on a conference, but on a national, scene. Josh Munsch comes back from his first trip to nationals last year as a sophomore. So he's kind of our leader on the middle distance side with Reid Buchanan, who is going to be a solid contributor, as well as Gabe Gonzalez. Evan Landes, James Wilson and Josh Baden should be the strength of our distance program. We have a young freshman, Ty Williams, that's currently redshirting but he's hopefully going to have a big impact in the outdoor season."
Throws coach Andy Kokhanovsky
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