– The opening meet of the 2014-15 indoor track season begins this Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Jack Pyrah Invitational. The annual meet is hosted by Villanova University and will take place at the Alumni Field House on the Haverford College campus.
First-year head coach Elvis Forde
is looking forward to using this weekend's meet to gauge what the past couple of months of training has done for the team, both in the weight room and on the track.
"I am looking forward to the transition on to the competition side of things this weekend," said Forde. "This weekend is used to see what level of excitement the team has, along with what effort they give and attitudes they bring to the meet."
Temple has multiple returners this season to provide the team with veteran leadership, something coach Forde said will be vital to the team's success this year. "I've asked the upperclassmen to raise the bar for themselves and hold each other accountable," he said. "I am looking forward to seeing them show the younger athletes what it really, truly takes to be successful."
This Saturday, the meet opens with field events at 11 a.m. and running events will start at 12 p.m. In addition to the Owls, 10 other local teams will be competing that include La Salle, St. Joseph's, Villnova, Widener, Cheyney, Misericordia, Franklin and Marshall, Swarthmore and Haverford
At last year's event, senior Jenna Dubrow
broke a 31-year old school record in the 5000m run and senior Kiersten LaRoche
took an individual title in the long jump.
"The team has worked very hard so far this fall and we are hoping that our expectations will transfer into good performances," said Forde. "This weekend will give us a good idea of where we are and what we need to do to have our expectations met moving forward, while also continuing to raise that ceiling of competition."
After this weekend, it will be over a month until the Owls compete in their second indoor meet of the season at the Maryland Invitational on Jan. 17.