WICHITA- Kan.- Wichita State Track &Field will play host to its annual Intrasquad Meet Friday at the Heskett Center.
Divided into three teams, the Black Squad, the Gold Squad, and the White Squad, each team will battle for bragging rights one month before the indoor season.
Captains of each squad drafted the newcomers in the team's annual draft party. With a solid returning core, the Gold Team looks to repeat as Intrasquad Champions.
"We have seven captains,"Hurdler, Natalie Morerod said. All four of the girls that went to Nationals, J'Lynn (Ledesma), Tanya (Friesen), myself, and Aliphine Tuliamuk, we're all four on the Gold Squad, so we obviously think we're gonna win."
With four of the five returning MVC Champions on their team, the Gold Squad looks strong on paper. However, the White Squad believes this is their year.
"We feel like we have a pretty good shot at winning this thing," said White Squad captain, Courtney Reinke. "We don't have a whole lot of injuries. We don't have a whole lot of people out like the gold and the black team do."
"I think that Gold Squad thinks they're pretty good since they've won the most. I think they're gonna get a taste of something new this year," White Team freshman, Kain Anderson, asserted.
The Black Squad has posted a strong showing through the already completed events, the Indoor Heptathlon, and the 55k relay race. Black Squad Captain, Tobias Boese, claimed second place in the Heptathlon.
"I think everybody's confidence is up," Boese said. "I think we're deep in every event so I think we'll score in almost everything, and I think that's what we'll have to do in order to win."
Each team has its own strategy to win and its own way to prepare.
"We've got a lot of talented freshman, "Reinke said. "We have a lot of jumpers. Our main focus will be winning a lot of points in the jumps. We're counting on a lot of the newcomers to score points.
"We have a Facebook page, a secret White Squad Facebook page. We talk through that. We get excited through that," Anderson said.
Since an athlete remains on the same team throughout their WSU career, friendly rivalries start to develop.
"On the white team there's a girl named, Kiara Giles, and she's an athlete and a half," Morerod explains. "For me, it's going to be exciting to run the 300m against Kiara Giles. We push each other and we really enjoy competing against each other. "
While each of the three teams with current athletes believe that have the right mix to win, there is a fourth squad that has the edge in experience.
The Gray Squad features returning alumni that have made an impact for Shocker Track in the past. With the alumni competing, it gives current WSU Long Jumpers an interesting opportunity .
"It's always fun jumping against your coach.," Reinke said. "I heard she's been prepping pretty hard and I've seen her working out. She's looking good. It's gonna take some work and a lot of determination (to beat Coach Yost)."
"I want to beat Coach Yost," Gold Team senior, Tanya Friesen, added. "I'm going to be a little bummed if I don't beat Yost in the Long Jump."
"It's always a lot of fun to compete at the intrasquad meet," said Jumps Coach and Gray Squad athlete, Heidi Yost. "It's a little hectic trying to coach them and also compete myself, because I'm a competitor and I want to do as well as I can against them,"
With four teams of athletes, the WSU Track & Field Intrasquad Meet promises to be competitive. Fans are welcome to attend the meet at the Heskett Center from 10:30-5 p.m. at no charge.
The event will also be streamed live for the web audience at the team's Ustream site found at the following link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/wichita-state-track-field.