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Track and field prepares for GPAC championship

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Senior Alan Varela competing in his event during a meet at Doane University.

The men and womens track teams are preparing for the end of the season with the GPAC championships starting Friday.

Track and Field Head Coach Ed Fye said that the season has started out slow due to the weather but the team has started to get into a rhythm.

“We had some really great marks at the Doane relays at home,” Fye said.

Fye said he believes the different outdoor events allow the team to shape up better, especially on the women’s side.

“Some of the events line up for the women better, the javelin is a good event for us, as well as the hurdles and the steeple,” Fye said. “I think we got ourselves in a good position to score as many points as we can.”

Senior Alan Varela said that his senior year has been a bittersweet feeling.

“It has been a great season to go out with a group of seniors,” Varela said. “We have accomplished a lot in our four years here and and are hoping to finish out on top at one final conference meet.”

Varela has battled injuries throughout the season and is still trying to qualify for the National tournament and is now preparing for the conference meet.

“With our conference meet coming up, I am more focused on getting mentally and physically prepared to perform there and I am confident that if I show up and compete then we’ll be able to qualify for nationals,” Varela said.

Fye said that going into nationals he is confident in the team and he has a group of kids that have been there and are familiar with the track and the facility.

“We have a lot of upperclassmen that are going down there (to nationals) and they are going to want to compete well,” Fye said.

Varela said that Doane track and field has provided him a lot of memories and has meant a lot to him.

“This team and all the people I have met from it have provided me with some of my favorite memories and stories that I am going to be sharing for years to come, and for that, I am extremely grateful,” Varela said.

Varela also said he is glad his body can have a rest from the wear and tear after this year.

“When I said that I have a bittersweet feeling with this season I mean I am kind of glad that my running career is finally coming to an end because of the wear and tear that running has had on my body, however, I am going to miss the people and the relationships I have built with everyone who has been a part of DTF,” Varela said.