Members of the Trinity track and field team traveled south during spring break for competition and training. Twenty-five of the team’s members traveled to Panama City Beach, Florida, and then to Memphis, Tennessee, for a track meet at Rhodes College.
The trip began with a stop in Nashville, Tennessee, where Chris Koutavas ’14 of Orland Park, Illinois, Ryan Lindemulder ’13 of Monee, Illinois, and Nicole Hill ’13 of Wyoming, Michigan, competed in the Tom King Half Marathon Classic. In the 13.1 mile race, all three athletes reached the qualifying standard for the NAIA national meet, where they will be running the full marathon. Both Lindemulder and Hill were named CCAC athletes of the week for their performances.
The team continued to Panama City Beach, Florida, where they stayed at a Christian retreat center. They spent time there growing closer through devotions with praise and worship, running on the beach, and body surfing in the waves of the Gulf of Mexico.
“I liked the trip because I got to know a lot of teammates who I didn't necessarily know that well before,” said Andrew Reidsma ’14 of Wyoming, Michigan. “There is nothing better than spending a fun-filled week with teammates, running in the Florida sun, worshiping God, and growing in fellowship together.”
The break ended with the team’s first outdoor track meet at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. The team performed well with nine athletes reaching NCCAA national qualifying standards. Head Coach Bob Brickman ’03 was pleased with the results after the week of training.
“During the week, we work our athletes hard and put emphasis on getting solid training, but our team stepped up and performed even better than expected,” said Brickman.