After letting the MEAC Championship title slip away the women and men track teams are ready to take back their crown and perform well in the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Darlene Moore, director of track and field at Florida A&M University (FAMU), has high expectations as the final stretch of FAMU’s men and women track and field schedule comes around.
Moore is very optimistic about the performance of her athletes and even expects a championship from her women’s team.
“We won the 2015 title, we won the 2016 title, and after a great year of recruiting we are looking to come back and win the championship for outdoor this year,” said Moore.
Moore talked about two breakthrough athletes in particular who she is expecting to win big
for the Lady Rattlers. One of the athletes, freshman thrower Taylor Gorum, has shown exceptional performances all season long as a discus and shot put thrower. Coach Moore expects her to take it all the way home in those events and place in the hammer throw. The Virginia native is a reigning state champion and state [Virginia] record holder.
“I’ve had a great season. I did a lot of things I thought I could not do,” says Gorum as she recalls the high expectations she has set for herself at this year’s outdoor championship.
Edquisha Alvin is a multi in the pentathlon who plans on winning the MEAC Championship. Alvin competed in the pentathlon at Barton College and is the reigning NJCAA Champion.
“I come to practice and work hard. I do what my coaches tell me to do and I even make sure that I work hard outside of practice,” says Alvin. This has been her formula since high school and her effort show on the track.
The Men’s track team also has high expectations. David Too is expected to win multiple long distance events for FAMU with his “Kenya-men” following close behind him.
The team is back for the first time in two seasons after being on APR (Academic Progress Rate) probation.
The Men’s team finished in fifth place for the MEAC Indoor Championship and Moore is optimistic about the men’s team finishing in the top three at the Outdoor MEAC Championship.
The NCAA Indoor Championships begin March 9 and conclude March 10.