NEW WILMINGTON, PA - - As the semester is rapidly coming to a close, President Athletic Conference (PAC) Spring Championships are soon coming. Westminster's Men's and Women's Track & Field teams will compete in the PAC Outdoor Track & Field Championship later this week from April 28- April 29. The Championship event will be held in Morgantown, West Virginia, at West Virginia University.
If you are wondering what to expect from the Titans, Erynn Daubenmire, a Senior thrower from the Women's team, is hoping for a PAC title.
"The numbers may be against us, but anything can happen at PACs," she said.
As far as expectations for herself, things will be a lot different for Daubenmire as she is competing with a severe injury to her knee. ,
"Normally, I would be competing in both the discus and javelin, but I only entered javelin due to my injury."
Daubenmire is still optimistic about herself heading into the Championship despite the injury.
"I'm hoping that I'll still be able to place for javelin and hopefully contribute some points to the team. This will all come down to how much work I put in adjusting how I throw the javelin over the next few days. Also, it will depend on how swollen my knee is on the day of PACs and how much pain I'm able to compete through."
Dealing with injuries can be an awful experience for an athlete. Daubenmire has already been down this road before, as she tore her ACL back when she was a Senior in High School. Daubenmire went into detail about how tough coming back from a major injury is.
"Coming back from a major injury is one of the most physically and mentally challenging things I've ever been through."
She expects things to be different this time around with a
stronger support system here at Westminster.
"Since I was transitioning from High School to College last time, I tore my ACL. I didn't have much of a support system since I was finished with my High School team but was not quite on my College team yet. I'll have a better support system that should help immensely this time around. I've already started physical therapy with the trainers, and we're making a plan for physical therapy after surgery." Recovering from an injury is a tough process for any athlete, but Daubenmire reassured that "As long as I stay tough and put in the work, I'm hoping that I'll be healthy for next season."
Overall, it has been quite the season competing for Daubenmire. On April 13, she had a record-setting day at Grove City when she set her own personal record and broke the Westminster record with a 44m throw on the javelin.
"I worked all season to make Nationals because I fell a little short last year. I knew if I could throw 41m, I would have a pretty solid shot at nationals." When her record-breaking throw came out of her hands, she knew it was far but did not realize just how far she had really thrown it. When they said 44 meters, I couldn't believe it. I honestly thought they might've read the laser wrong."
Daubenmire knew this new mark would get her goal of qualifying for National, and breaking her school record from last season "was the icing on the cake."