Student-Athlete Journal: Tim Rudd, Menís Indoor Track and Field

 

There were many doubts in the minds of many of the athletes on the Indoor Track Team this year. Who is the head coach, what will be expected, and how will we perform this season, in the seasons beyond, and lastly how can a sport get the respect that it deserves. Four of the five questions have already been answered. The new head coach of track and field is Kevin Jackson, nothing but hard work and merited effort is expected, we placed third in conference and had four all New-Englanderís, and are starting to gain some recognition on campus. The recognition is indicated by the many students on campus who have become interested in competing on a team which is undergoing the start of a new tradition anchored by Head Coach Kevin Jackson.

There is a lot more to track than just running around in a circle. From a middle-distance runnerís perspective I must run distance four days a week and take part in two speed work-outs, not to mention a whole lot of pain. The total mileage of an average week will be some where around forty to forty-seven miles. There are meets once a week, every week of the month throughout the whole academic year. It can become very hectic when one throws into the mix the other variables such as classes, work, studying, and the social scene.

A lot is expected of a student-athlete at R I C. Many compare the rules and regulations of our academic standing to that of a Division I school. Many also say that our policies such as a minimum 2.5 grade point average to stay out of study hall, and the six hours of study hall per week are more difficult than other institutions such as URI and UCONN and this policy often erases many talented athletes from the mix and this is an unfortunate occurrence. Therefore, it is not as simplistic as one might think to be a Division III student athlete. As a student-athlete at RIC I juggle my classes, work, practice, track meets, and still manage to attain a 3.3 cumulative average while hanging out with my teammates at the clubs on the nights we come back from our meets.

I sincerely feel that the biggest difference between an average team and a high-quality team is the high-quality team is a family, there are no clicks, they eat together, work out hard together, hang out together, study together, and are just simply there for each other anytime somebody might need something. The family theme is a theme that Coach Jackson firmly stresses at practices and at meets and I think this family theme will be our foundation for a productive future.

We wrap our season up after this weekend when we venture off to ECACís at Tufts University. We are running our distance medley relay team which is comprised of Joe Parenteau, Mike Daniels, Chris Puleo and myself. At ECACís we expect to place in the top 8, make All-ECAC, run a personal best time of 10:30 and run faster than our neighbors from URI which are a Division I program. Then the very next day I must travel back up to Tufts to run the 1500 meters, place in the top four, set a new school record and hopefully qualify for nationals. There is much on the horizon for the Rhode Island College Track and Field team and this horizon is overflowing with PROMISE.

 

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