ORANGE, Calif - The Chapman University track and field teams are ready to hit the ground running this season with new head coach DeAndra'e Woods leading the charge. Coming from a coaching position at Concordia University, Coach Woods looks to take the team to new heights as the team has grown in roster size during the offseason.
The men's team now bolsters 21 student-athletes on the roster including 12 new members – 10 of whom are freshman. While the women's team has 17 student-athletes, including 10 freshman. The Panthers hope to use their new roster to improve their standing in the SCIAC.
Coming off of a season where the Panthers lost their team's leading scorer, Mitchell Bouldin, and long-time coach, Anna Wlodarczyk, the team looks to start fresh as they head into their season opener this Saturday at Soka University.
Along with several newcomers, the team's returning members hope to lead their team. For the men's team senior Kyle Brown looks to lead the 4x400 team throughout the season. The team's leading scorer for the throwing team, junior Cedric Cole, looks to improve on his marks from last season.
Sophomore Lauren Miller, who broke the school shot put record as a freshman, is back to better her marks in the throws. Another school record holder returns to the squad in 2018 as junior Josie Chan returns after breaking the triple jump a year ago.
The Panthers finished eighth in both the men's and women's standings last year but have their sights set on taking a step upward with the 2018 season getting underway.
By Kyle Brown
Sports Information Intern