UW track travels to California

first_imgThe members of the University of Wisconsin track team has put the indoor season behind them and has returned from spring break to ready themselves for the start of the outdoor campaignThis weekend, the well-rested men’s team will travel to California for the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto. With this weekend’s event being just the second outdoor event thus far, athletes are still making the adjustments from what they were used to indoors. Head coach Ed Nuttycombe addressed alterations that come when making the switch to the outdoor season.“There are differences in both the individual and team perspectives, and there are obviously different events that take place outdoors,” Nuttycombe said. “There are a lot of changes that will begin to take place as we make the transition.”One of the major changes that will take place is the addition of certain athletes who will participate in unique outdoor events. The outdoor season brings about the opportunity for various field athletes to display their skills.“There will be some new names,” Nuttycombe said. “Robert Dehn will be making his appearance in the javelin, which is a completely outdoor event.”Dehn, a sophomore from Owatonna, Minn., was recently named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week with his throw of 206 feet in the javelin at the Rose Hulman Early Bird. The move from indoors to outdoors will bring forth some new athletes, but Nuttycombe insisted the switch does little to affect the final results of individual performances.“From an individual perspective, most of the guys are running something similar, although there may be some small changes,” Nuttycombe said.For the upcoming event, Nuttycombe has decided to keep his distance runners from participating, allowing them some added time to recover from the stretch run of the indoor season.“We’re taking a very small group out,” Nuttycombe said. “We will probably take about half of a team to this meet.”One of the distance members who is readying himself for the start of the outdoor season is Zach Beth, a redshirt sophomore from Ladysmith, Wis. Beth was an integral part of the team’s success indoors and will look to use the time off over spring break to prepare for the outdoor portion of the season.“During spring break, we had five days completely off to let our legs recover and we are getting back into basic training now,” Beth said.The distance runners will benefit from the time off, especially after competing at such a high level towards the end of the indoor season. Nuttycombe and his coaching staff want athletes to get back to basics before the season resumes.“From a training perspective, most of the athletes have taken a couple steps back and have gone back to some base strength-type of training,” Nuttycombe said.This weekend’s meet will serve as another tune-up for the team as the next phase of the season begins. Although a large portion of the men’s team is still in the process of preparing for the outdoor season, Beth feels good about the direction the team is headed as well as his personal performance.“I think everyone is looking a lot more fit, and we should continue to perform at a high level,” Beth said. “In the outdoor season, I expect to keep improving and getting better.”last_img read more

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