With just three meets left during its indoor season before the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championship, Towson prepares for its move to the outdoor track. After their indoor season wraps up on Mar. 1st at George Mason, the Tigers will start their outdoor season on Mar. 14 at Coastal Carolina. Despite the cold weather, Head Coach Roger Erricker has complete confidence in the team’s transition outdoors.
“That’s probably the biggest factor is the weather.” Erricker said. “Inside it’s 72 degrees and no wind or rain falling from the sky.”
The Tigers have a strong group of athletes this season. Junior Elizabeth Tauber has set an impressive six school records including two last fall. Her first was during the season opener at the Naval Academy. She set the record for the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:22. Her next record was at the Princeton New Year’s Invitational for the 3,000-meter race where she ran 10:11.01.
Alongside Tauber in her record setting season is sophomore Maggie Rampolla who set the record for the pole vault at the John Calvert Classic at Lehigh University. Rampolla broke the record this spring with a height of 12’ 6.00”, eight inches higher than the previous record.
Erricker said to keep an eye out for two returning athletes, senior Katie Salke and junior Nicole Gould. Salke is one of the Tigers top hurdlers and jumpers, and Erricker looks forward to her return in the outdoor season. Gould is one of the team’s best throwers in the javelin.
This past fall the lower classmen proved they have what it takes to compete at top levels. Freshmen Jackie Lavitt, Zanae Freeland and Paige DeMent have made impressions in competition. Freeland set a few records for the Tigers top-five results in the 60 and 200-meter dash at the Naval Academy Lid Lifter. Lavitt was consistent the entire season, jumping solid numbers and earning big points for the Tigers. DeMent took the sixth spot for shot put on the coveted Track and Field Top-Ten List, a rarity for a freshman. These freshmen have shown consistent results in their rookie seasons, coming head to head with competing upper class-man.
“We’re pretty strong and I’m very optimistic about this season.” Erricker said.
Though the freshmen have stepped up their game, the seniors have not faltered in their final competitive seasons. Senior Evan Campbell has continued her impressive career with solid results in the high jump. Campbell helped set a record in 2013 for the 4×400 meter race along with fellow senior Leslie Miles during their outdoor season. Miles had several top finishes during her indoor season, including a first-place finish in the 500-meter race at Lehigh.
In their upcoming outdoor season, the Tigers look forward to a heavy schedule with eight meets. The team will start in South Carolina and end their season in Virginia. The Tigers will also host two meets during the spring. The first, the Towson Invitational, will be held at Johnny Unitas Stadium on Mar. 29 at 10:00 a.m. The second, the Jim Bell Open, will also be held at the stadium on April 29 at 11:00 a.m.