Indoor track and field looks to take control in RMAC
The UCCS indoor track and field team began its 2013 campaign earlier this year with ambitions of overtaking Adams State as the best team in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and forcing its way into the national spotlight.
The road to becoming a national powerhouse will be tough and will require a lot of hard work and dedication for both the men's and women's teams.
The RMAC is one of the toughest conferences in the entire nation, with three teams being ranked within the Top 25 of Division II indoor track and field.
"The RMAC is like the SEC of football or the ACC of basketball - it is a really tough conference with a lot of good teams," said sophomore Carson Aberle.
One of the teams that UCCS strives to overtake as one of the RMAC's most formidable foes is powerhouse Adams State. The Grizzlies stand in the way of UCCS' goal of becoming the best in the RMAC.
In order to overtake the Grizzlies, the Mountain Lions will have to rely on strong team chemistry and hope the bond they share as a team will push them over the top.
"We have a good team and good team chemistry," English said. "We practice together, hang out together and most of us live together."
In addition to the bond they share as a team, there is a sense of confidence among this tight-knit group.
"Everyone on this team thinks they can be a national champion," Aberle said. "Everyone thinks they can be the best out there, which is awesome."
It will take a lot of time and effort from the UCCS indoor track and field team to reach an elite status in Division II.
"We want to get to nationals and really put ourselves on the map," Aberle and English said. "We want to be able to hang another banner in the Gallogly center and be a part of school history."
The season is young, and the team is shaking the rust off, but with the attitude of champions and team chemistry, the group looks to make 2013 one for the history books.