Thursday, March 8, 2012

Throwers show lot of potential

By Brandon Adam, Guest Reporter

Pacific Lutheran’s 2012 track and field campaign looks promising.
“We’ve got a lot of really good new recruits in,” distance runner senior Sean Andrascik said.
Andrascik said he is hopeful that both the men’s and women’s track teams will perform well this year and make it to the NWC meet.
“We’re aiming for that one-two spot at the conference this year,” Andrascik said. “I think this is the year is definitely going to be a really good opportunity to do well.”
This is Andrascik’s last year at PLU and he said he intends to give it his all.
Andrascik said to keep a look out for juniors David Fisher in the hurdles and Alex Holden in sprints.
“Hopefully we’ll do good, hopefully. This is a good conference so you never know,” running coach Michael Waller said. “Our sprints are looking good, our relays are looking good.”
Though the track and field players are young, throwing coach Dan Haakenson is confident in the throwers, especially junior Ryan Ransavage.
“We have a very strong throwing team,” coach Haakenson said. “Ryan is very strong in the hammer.”
As a former PLU student athlete, Haakenson won three conferences as a thrower in his four years on the track and field team.
Haakenson predicts Ransavage will throw the hammer close to 60 meters.
There are only four pole vaulters on the roster this season.
“We don’t have a lot of pole-vaulters, but the ones that we have should do okay,” pole vaulter sophomore Michelle Domini said.
According to pole vault coach Al Brockel, Domini and sophomore Angela Kern have the abilities to qualify for conference.
The standout among the vaulters is senior Chester Holt. Holt got second place in conference last season and won conference a year before that.
The pole vaulter roster is tentative at the moment. Many PLU athletes are determined to make the final cut, including javelin thrower and long jumper sophomore Stephen Hass.
“Each position has a different mark to reach,” Hass said. “I’ve got to throw 52 meters today to qualify for javelin.”
Once Hass joins the team, he believes that PLU’s javelin team will do well in conference.
“I think our team is going to do very well,” Hass said.
Hass was also the running back for PLU’s football team.
PLU track and field consists of throwing, distance running, sprinting, pole-vaulting, relay running, javelin and jumping events.