Members of the men's cross-country team compete at a conference tournament at Fort Bluff last semester. Competing in cross-country events is good training for runners who want to specialize in indoor events, according to Stoker.
Once more, the men and women track teams at Bryan proved that hard training in off-hours makes for a winning season in competition. As the indoor track season came to a close at the NAIA Track and Field Championships, four Lions walked away with All-American honors, including fifth-time All-American senior Bryson Harper (Pikeville, Tenn.) who set a new school record for the men’s mile at 4:08.47.
“He’s had a good run,” Coach Rodney Stoker said, referring to Harper’s impressive college career. “I think he’ll finish well and make his team proud.”
The other three runners honored include junior Jason McLeod (Ocoee, Fla.), sophomore Alex Stephens (Cleveland, Tenn.), and surprisingly a freshman Connor Hatfield (Morristown, Tenn.), who set a men’s school record for the 5000 meter race with a time of 15:01.97.
“The kids keep getting better and better,” Stoker said. “But you always want them to do their best, push to be the best they can possibly be. Of course, we really wanted to do better in the relay, but they have all worked hard and I’m proud of them.”
With the indoor season behind them, Stoker says they now look to the future outdoor season with high hopes and a commitment to training in the on and off hours. Read full story »