The Westminster College men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams are led by 12th-year Head Coach Tim McNeil ’96. The Titan women finished second at last year’s Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) championship, while the men finished eighth.
The Titan men’s team will be strengthened by the return of senior All American sprinter Jaevon Hardy who missed the 2018 season due to injury. Top returnees for the men from 2018 include senior Jake Kaylor (hurdles), juniors CJ Hilbert (sprints), Ian Miller (sprints/pole vault), Austin Chin (throws), and Tim Maxwell (pole vault), and sophomores Dalton Anderson (jumps/sprints) and James Kendall (throws).
Sophomore Erin Ward headlines the women’s team returnees as she won the 800-meter run at last year’s PAC Championship, becoming the first Titan (male or female) to win the event at the Indoor Championships. The other top returning members include seniors Nicole Cress (sprints), Megan Simpson (mid-distance), Jamie Thompson (pole vault), and Brooke Novotny (hurdles), juniors Maura Belding (sprints), Jay’Kayla Samuels (sprints), Katie Schrantz (distance), and April Larrison (hurdles), and sophomores Julia Strobel (pole vault), Megan Parker (throws), Selena Thomas (sprints), Marie Barnard (distance), Forest Mills (sprints), and Allison Hampton (jumps/distance).
The Titan women’s team, who registered runner-up finishes in 2017 and 2018 at the PAC Indoor Championships after winning the indoor title in 2016, was picked to finish second in this year’s PAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll with claiming one first-place vote and totaling 69 points. The Titan men’s team was picked fourth with 49 points. The polls were selected by the league’s nine head coaches for both.
Cress, Schrantz, Thomas represented the women’s team on the PAC Track & Field Athletes to Watch, while Anderson and Hardy represented the men’s team.
This year’s league championships are scheduled for Thursday, February 21 at Youngstown State’s WATTS. Events are tentatively scheduled to get underway at 1 p.m.
The Titans’ season gets underway Friday, December 7 at Youngstown State University with a 2 p.m. start time.