Feb. 25, 2012
LINCOLN, NE. - MSUSpartans.com caught up with Walt Drenth after the conclusion of Day 1 action at the 2012 Big Ten Indoor Championships at the University of Nebraska.
Walt Drenth - Director of Track and Field
On the performances of Ashley Stacey and Zack Hill:
"In both instances they did what we wanted them to do - and that was to go out and compete. In Zack's case, he sort of had a plan in mind and it didn't go the way he wanted it to right off the bat. He did a nice job of regrouping and throwing a PR in a championship event. In fact, the whole throws group has a done phenomenal job in that respect. With Ashley, she just knows what to do in big meets and to see her come out here last year with not being the favorite to win the triple jump - and then win it - that speaks volumes about her. To come into the championships today and finish third, I was very pleased. In both instances and every instance in which the kids have scored, it's really been about the team and that makes a difference in how they perform."
On motivation for day two:
"With the guys, we have a few advancing and we have some strengths coming up. The high jump is one of those events, Kurt Schneider advancing in the heptathlon is another. The weight throw is a big event for us, as is the triple jump and Leslie Aririguzo in the 60-meter hurdles. I think we'll be in events were we can score in nearly everything we're competing in. For the men's program, what we are really trying to instill is being competitive. It really changes the culture and I think this group has really competed well. On the women's side, there are really a lot of points to be had. From our standpoint, we advanced nearly everyone we'd thought we'd advance. Actually, we advanced people we didn't think we'd advance. Leah O'Connor (women's mile) is one of those people. We think we're going to score a substantial amount of points and the beauty in our expectation of having a well-rounded team is really going coming into fruition. We are going to start tallying points in nearly every event we're competing in. On the last day, it's really critical to understand that we might be really high on the board right now but there weren't a lot points to be had - we only had a few finals and we scored in those events."