The WKU men’s and women’s track and field squads will be traveling to Murfreesboro, Tenn., this Saturday for the Middle Tennessee State Invitational.
The Toppers go into their classic Sun Belt rivals territory already bearing 11 individual titles on the season.
Junior David Mokone will run at MTSU coming off a win in Lexington this past weekend and a third-place showing in Champaign, Ill., the week before. On top of the success Mokone has earned this season, he walked out of MTSU’s Valentine Invitational last year with a win in both the mile and 3,000m.
“I hope to improve on last year’s performance,” Mokone said. “The coaches have been doing a terrific job to prepare the team.”
Mokone isn’t the only one on a hot streak as WKU heads to Murfreesboro this weekend. Senior Joseph Chebet is heading into the Invitational with four individual titles in ten events.
Senior thrower Houston Croney, who traveled into Champaign fresh off being named Sun Belt Conference male field Athlete of the Week, is also looking to build on his record-setting season.
Sophomore Cyrus Johnson, who captured his first victory in the high jump in Lexington this past weekend, said he’s looking forward to this weekend focused and is keeping a disciplined work ethic that has yielded him success thus far.
“This year the coaching staff is preparing more than just a team – they are preparing NCAA champions,” Johnson said.
The Lady Toppers are also highly anticipating this weekend.
Senior Ana Camargo, who notched a win in the triple jump in Champaign last weekend, captured a top-ten finish of sixth place last weekend.
“She came out and competed at a high level,” coach Erik Jenkins said of her performance in Champaign. “We’re going to need that kind of production out of her consistently and at the conference championships.”
She said she isn’t the only person at WKU striving for improvement in practice.
“I’ve been putting a lot of effort pushing to be better with every single practice,” Camargo said. “The whole team has been putting in very hard work in order to succeed.”
Johnson said the Toppers will move into the competition poised, and disciplined.
“The work ethics this year are the work ethics of champions,” he said.