Tue, Feb. 4, 2014 - [Men's Indoor Track & Field]
The Loras College men's track & field program welcomes Matt Jones as the new head coach of the program. Coach Jones has been promoted from assistant coach, and is looking to make a splash in the competitive field that is Division III track & field. Jones exclaimed, "I can't even begin to express how excited I am to have started my 1st season as the Head Coach and the Duhawks look forward to the challenges ahead."
There is a lot of excitement surrounding the men's program this year as they return the majority of their roster from last season and look to welcome some new freshman who can make an impact right away. The senior class is not large in quantity, but makes up for it with their talent. They are led by All-American and IIAC MVP Josh Goerdt. "He will be the first to tell you that this was his most successful off season in terms of preparation and has a goal to win an NCAA title this year," said Coach Jones.
Other key returners include Sam Whan, Stedman Foster, and Kyle Ward. Whan, a distance runner who was the top runner on the men's cross country team that finished 26th at the NCAA Championships this past fall will look to continue to his success on the track. Stedman Foster looks ready for a "breakout season", according to Coach Jones. Foster is a sprinter who already has shown success giving the Duhawks a lead in both the 4x200 and 4x400 at the Warburg Relays. Finally Kyle Ward is looking to have a healthy season in the sprints and jumps for the Duhawks. "In the jumps area, Kyle Ward showed some signs of being a very good sprinter & jumper for the Duhawks but needs to have a season that he can stay healthy for the whole year," stated Coach Jones.
As for freshman who can come make an impact for this Duhawk track program it is in the high jump that most of the impact will be felt. Freshmen Dylan Toole and Ben Kieler both will be helpful to the program. Toole already jumped 6'6'' in his first meet, which placed him 7th all-time at Loras. Kieler also jumped 6'6'' in high school, but has yet to compete due to his commitment to the Loras men's basketball team.
"The coaching staff is really looking forward to this season! We have some good balance in a variety of different event areas. There are a handful of people in each class that will help this team at the IIAC's and hopefully some of them at the NCAA Championships as well," said Coach Jones. Look forward to hearing a lot about this men's track & program throughout the year as they make their way towards great finishes at the IIAC and NCAA Championships.