By Paul Morgan
Special To The Times 

BC Slowly Rebuilding Its Track Program – Brevard NC

 

The 2014 Brevard College men's track team. (Courtesy photo)

Brevard College Track Coach Adam Malloy is a man on a mission.

He's determined to move beyond the school's well-established presence in cross-country and to expand the program into full-blown track and field mode.

As they say, it's easier said than done, especially since BC's track facilities are in no condition to host a home meet, making training somewhat difficult.

"We have challenges where facilities are concerned, there's no doubt about it," Malloy said. "But we're working around those challenges and hope to compete in most events on both the men's and women's sides. I believe that, in selected areas, we can be very competitive.

"Actually, my biggest challenge has been to find 14 women who will commit to track this spring," Malloy continued. "We have a strong nucleus, especially in distance races and the high, long and triple jump, but we must enter 14 women in four meets in order to qualify to compete for the conference championships in April."


Coach Malloy is counting on veteran distance runners Angela Canale, a Medford, N.J. senior, and Heidi Kaartinen, a junior from Espo, Finland, to anchor the women's team. "We should also be strong in the jump events," Malloy said.

Lanky, long-limbed 5-10 freshman Alexis Williamson, a High Point, N.C. native, is one of the strongest high, long and triple jump competitors in the Carolinas. She is completing her first season as a member of the Lady Tornado basketball team, and will need time to round into track shape.

One the men's side, seniors Josh Mower, from Ramseur, N.C., and Eric Gibbs, from Harrington, Del., are established distance runners and will anchor the men in the 5K, 10K and steeplechase events.

BC sprinters and hurdlers may surprise a few folks this spring. Cat quick Kelvin Jeter, a Gastonia, N.C. Sr. who has been an offensive mainstay on BC's football teams for three seasons, will be joined by freshmen Marc DeLisle and Raphael Jordan. DeLisle is a prep star from nearby Greenville, S.C. and Jordan hails from the Caribbean island of Barbados.

"We're short of field events competitors like the shot, discus and javelin this year," Malloy said, 'But I'm looking for good results from Jeter, DeLisle and Jordan."

BC sent an eight-woman, 14-man team to the Savannah State Relays this past weekend (see adjacent story). "I was pleased with our showing," Coach Malloy said. "I asked our guys to forget about personal bests and times and to concentrate on competing against whoever they were up against, and they did a good job.


"This is BC's first attempt to field a full-blown track and field team in many years," Malloy concluded. "We have a lot of unanswered questions, but I'm hopeful that we can fill the gaps and represent the school well. We are laying the foundation for the future of this sport at Brevard College."

Paul Morgan is a retired journalist and journalism professor.

The 2014 Brevard College women's track team. (Courtesy photo)

 
 

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