College of the Ozarks men’s and women’s Track and Field will open up their 2018 season this Thursday at Southwestern College in Winfield, KS.
Kenzie Larkin, director of the College’s fitness center, was named this summer as the new head coach for the 2018 team. Larkin states, “I am focused on challenging each athlete to pursue a solid work ethic that includes working hard every day and making improvements throughout the season.” Strongly committed to the mission of the College, Larkin has a great understanding of work ethic and the importance of commitment both on the track and in the classroom. Larkin anticipates a season filled with excitement, improvements, and the development of pride associated with being a College of the Ozarks student athlete. She will be assisted by Truman Jones and Matt Rau.
Returning athletes for the men’s team feature Kyle Kapella (200 meters, high jump, & 4 by 4), Sam Scaggs (800 meters, 400 meters, & 4 by 4), and Ryan Vance (100 meters, 200 meters, & long jump). They are joined by newcomers Preston Burgess (3,000 meter steeplechase, & 5,000 meter run), Cameron Caulfield (shot put & discuss); Ty Durnell (800 meters & mile); Miles Mrowiec (100 meters, 200 meters, & 4 by 4); and Seth Thompson (400 meters & 4 by 4).
Madison Bagg (800 meters) and Mikaila Livingston (pole vault) return for the women and welcome Lydia Hoskins (long jump), Chelsea Howard (shot Put & 200 meters); and Mia Vincent (100 meters and 200 meters).
The teams will participate in five meets leading up to the A.I.I. Conference Championship. After opening up in Kansas, they will travel to Fayette, Liberty, Rolla, and Joplin, Mo. over the month of April. Larkin expects the teams will have several athletes qualify to participate in NAIA or NCCAA national competition later this season.