College of the Ozarks men’s and women’s track and field teams are hard at work in preparation for their upcoming season.
Coach McKenzie Larkin, in her second year at the helm of the program, has several key athletes returning to action this season, all of whom demonstrate great leadership. The returners include:
- Kyle Kapella – A junior from Hollister, Mo., Kapella finished second at the 2018 NCCAA National Championship meet in the high jump. Kyle is a great leader and a strong example for the younger athletes due to his great work ethic.
- Sam Scaggs (Batesville, Ark.) and Miles Mrowiec (Spring Grove, Ill.) – Both are seniors who qualified for nationals last season.
- Juniors Mikaila Livingston (Harrisonville, Mo.) and Maddi Bagg (Kimberling City, Mo.), along with sophomore Ty Durnell (Willow Springs, Mo.) all return and bring strong leadership qualities to complement their talent.
Several new and talented athletes are coming from successful track and field careers at the high school level and are eager to compete this season.
Anticipated events for the athletes feature:
- Madison Bagg 800 meter run
- Theodore Blauvelt 1500 meter run
- Dakota Cartwright shot put and discus
- Mason Cockrum 200 meter, 200 meter, long jump
- Ty Durnell 800 meter and javelin
- Alyssa Goth 800 meter
- Chelsea Howard 1500 meter
- Rebekah Johnson 2500 meter
- Kyle Kapella high jump and 200 meter
- Noah Kunce 400 meter and 800 meter
- Mikaila Livingston pole vault
- Miles Mrowiec javelin
- Garrett Pierce 5000 meter
- Louis Riddle shot put and discus
- Sam Scaggs 400 meter and 800 meter
- Drew Steuck 1500 meter
- Mary Zimmerman 800 meter run
“I am excited to see what we can accomplish in 2019,” commented Coach Larkin. “With several returners, it will be nice to have a group of athletes that understands the expectations of the team and can be great examples and leaders for our new team members.”
The two teams will travel to Winfield, Kansas for their first meet of the season on March 23rd, hosted by Southwestern College.