With numbers as high as they have been in years, and a large amount of young talent returning, expectations are high for this season, and rightfully so. A class full of 36 talented freshmen join the men's and women's squads who already return the bulk of their production from a year ago to form one of the strongest indoor track and field teams that Buena Vista University has had in quite some time.
Last year the men's squad finished 6th in the Iowa Conference indoor meet, but there are plenty of reasons to believe that this year could be different.
"Our goal on the men's side is to finish in the top four in the Iowa Conference," stated 4th year head coach Brett Carney. "With all of our sprinters back and increased depth throughout the rest of the team, we feel this is a very reachable goal."
The high expectations are no different on the women's side of things.
"After finishing 8th at the conference meet last year, we feel that we are capable of making a run into the top six or higher this year," declared Carney.
On the men's side of things, a strong freshman class is ready to contribute to a group of returnees that have plenty of youth and talent.
"We definitely have a young team," commented Coach Carney. "However, it's a young team with a lot of talent and experience, which is why we've set our goals so high."
A talented group of sprinters will be the backbone of any success that the team experiences this season. With everybody back, including senior Justin Welter who missed all of last season with a torn hamstring, this group will be relied upon to lead the way for the men.
Among the top sprinters back is sophomore Zac Bailey and junior Chad Hinrichs, both of whom were national provisional qualifiers last year in the 55 meter dash and 400 meter dash respectively.
Justin Taylor, a state place winner in the Class 2A 110 meter hurdles last spring, will be leading the way for a young group of hurdlers.
With all of the talent in this group, it is no secret that Carney expects some school records to go down this season.
"Our 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams will have a very good chance to break the school records as well as win a conference title this year. We are blessed with plenty of depth here so it will just be a matter of finding the right combination," he said.