Aggies Seek Improvement After NCAA Indoors
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (March 11, 2017) – The final day of the 2017 NCAA Division I Track and Field Indoor Championships brought an end to the Aggies 2016-17 indoor season as sophomore Lasheon Strozier failed to make it past the trials in the men’s triple jump event on Saturday.
The Aggies not only claimed the men’s and women’s MEAC indoor titles this season but they advanced more athletes to the NCAA indoor championships than last season. During the trials on Saturday, Strozier fouled all three of his jumps, an unfortunate occurrence that only added to the dismay of sophomore Michael Dickson’s and junior Christopher Belcher’s inability to progress to a final round as well.
“They’re just inexperienced and they need to step up,” said the director of track and field programs Duane Ross. “I see progress. We brought more to NCAA this year than last year, but they need to understand that championships are where you’re expected to show up. You don’t earn your scholarship at local meets you earn them at championship meets.”
Speaking on the men’s and women’s indoor teams as a whole, however, Ross made it clear that there is still much room for improvement.
“I think we had a good indoor season,” stated Ross. “If I had to give it a grade, it was probably a C-. I should have had more people at NCAA. The season doesn’t end at MEAC, so no one gets an A from conference. I think it’s great winning championships and making history, but in track and field you’re only as good as your last race. What we did in February nobody’s thinking about that anymore.”
Ross added, “After MEAC we were probably at an A-, but we didn’t finish so we dropped to a C-. It’s like we passed the midterm but we failed the final.”
The improvement Ross is looking for is fully in the realm of possibility. He returns a vast majority of the men's and women's teams including Belcher, Dickson and Strozier.