After a rocky season last year, the Rhode Island College women’s indoor track team is looking to get back on track with a revamped roster. They finished the season last year with a 7th place finish in the New England Alliance and a 4th place finish in the Little East. They enter this year with a youthful roster and renewed hope.
Kevin Jackson returns to the helm of head coach for his 11th season as RIC’s indoor coach. Jackson is also the head coach of men’s indoor team as well as men’s and women’s cross country and outdoor track and field. The RIC alum was the 2008-2009 Little East Conference Women’s Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year.
Alongside Jackson will be assistant coaches Timothy Rudd and Greg Ahnrud. Rudd helps out in recruiting, practices and coaching during the meets. A 2004 alum to RIC, Rudd ran cross country and track for the Anchormen and set numerous records. He was also named to RIC’s All-75th Anniversary Men’s Track Team in 2005. Ahnrud will also be helping out with recruiting, practices. The 2008 grad brings a younger look to the staff.
Entering the season, the Anchormen will only have four girls that have run for the team in the past. The group will be led by sophomore co-captains Chelsea Marshall and Natasha Miller. The two of them both ran last season and look to turn the team into the promise land. They will have their work cut out for them with just two other returning girls in junior Kim Mangum and sophomore Jeanette Leo who will also have to play a big part in leadership of the young team.
Mangum is easily the most decorated of the returning athletes. The Pilgrim High School product was selected as the Little East Field Athlete of the Year and earned All-ECAC honors in the triple jump. All of the returners were honored for their finishes in the New England Alliance Championships.
Joining the four returners will be joined by ten new comers, eight of which are freshman. On paper it will be a rebuilding year for the Anchorwomen unless the future Little East rookies of the year lie amongst the roster. The upperclassmen will do their best to guide the team in the right direction, but getting the freshman some experience and making sure they are back next year may be equally as important.