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It’s great to go back

February 22, 2011 - Pam Rodgers
Last weekend, I attended Wartburg’s home indoor track meet in Waverly. Being a track alumna, I feel I should go back and support the program I loved while I was in college. It’s nice to go back and visit the people I spent so much time with every day of the week from 3 to 6 p.m. and all day on Saturdays.

I was a thrower in college and you get very close with the people in your events. I love catching up with former teammates and coaches about the changes that have been going on over the past year. I meet the new people in the program who have no idea who I am and won’t remember me.

The whole reason to go to a track meet as an alumna is for the conversation. I am the first to admit that track meets, on a whole, aren’t the most exciting sporting event you can attend. It’s much different when your are competing because you are doing something. When you’re a spectator, it’s makes for a long day of waiting for the event to start, cheering for about 15 seconds to a minute (unless it’s a distance race than it lasts a little longer) then waiting for the next to start.

In the field events, its even more of a waiting game. The person your cheering for is up, they complete their throw or jump and then the next competitor is up — repeat two more times for prelims and three more if they make finals, done. Not to rag on my sport or anything, but it definitely have its slow points more often than not. Practices are more exciting sometimes — although not as fun, especially on conditioning days, ugh!

Now being two years out, I realize that in a few years, I will be a figurative dinosaur to the program. All the people I competed with will have moved on, and I will have less reason to go. It’s strange to think about it that’s for sure. Those will be the days that I go to talk to the coaches, hang around a bit and hope to catch more people I know and then leave before the meet is over.

But those days are still two years away. I guess for now I will just have to enjoy knowing the people in the ring, and support those who I don’t because the Wartburg track and field team will always be my family. There, Coach Newsom will be so proud of me!


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