Every weekend it seems like Minot State’s track & field team announces that a new school record has been broken. Both the men’s and women’s teams have had multiple athletes break records over the last two seasons. Distance and hurdle runners set new record times and athletes in throwing reached record-breaking distances.
Success has come in both the indoor and outdoor track seasons. During the weekend of Feb. 14, the Beavers broke six records, which is the most head coach Mark Del Monaco has experienced in a weekend during his tenure at Minot State. In the 5K, the school record was broken twice in less than an hour. Lauren Reeves set a new school record running 18:03.91, and 40 minutes later, her teammate Ashley Franco ran 17:43.88 to surpass the newly-broken record.
Logan Krueger, a thrower who continues to break his own records, weighed in on what has led to Minot State’s success.
“I think it has a lot to do with how hard we work at practice. Coach always pushes us every day,” Krueger explained. “The team as a whole has had a lot of success this year from distance, to sprints and jumps, and to the throws group; we have all been working to get better.”
Nina Arias, who transferred to Minot State this past fall and is a distance runner, credits the success of the Beavers to the internal support within the program.
“The training is a big part, but I could go out there with the best training and have zero confidence. My teammates make me smile and I’m incredibly grateful for them,” Arias said.
The Beavers’ successful meets have come on the road. Minot State cannot host at-home track meets, which means the athletes on the track & field team are gone virtually every weekend during the spring semester.
“It isn’t easy having all away meets. We would love it if we had the facilities to have a meet at home so the Minot community could see us compete. Until then, we just have to be road warriors and be prepared for six to 10-hour bus rides some weekends,” Krueger said.
Arias believes the constant travel makes it difficult to get in a flow of things and carry momentum, but that hasn’t affected the team’s approach towards success.
“It makes it very difficult to get into a rhythm and most of the time, you feel pretty tired. Again, as I said, my teammates and I make the best of it,” Arias said.
Despite the many challenges the track athletes face — like missing class in order to travel — the team is constantly overcoming adversity and making strides every week in the record books.
With all their recent success, the Minot State track & field team looks to achieve something the program hasn’t in a long time.
“Team goals would be to have as many people at the conference meets as possible, to try to score more points, and to have a shot at placing for the first time in a while,” said Krueger.
In their efforts to place at the conference this year, the Beavers look to continue to make strides on the track as indoor season wraps up and outdoor season approaches, with March meets in Las Vegas, Nevada; Birmingham, Alabama; and Billings, Montana.