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Inside Buccaneer Sports: Get ready for the indoor track season

February 19, 2012 at 10:05 pm

The Buccaneer track and field squad will compete at the Midwest Conference Indoor Championships this coming weekend at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Ill. With that ahead it’s a good chance to take a look at Beloit College indoor track history.

The MWC started holding Indoor track championship meets in 1977 for the men and in 1984 for the women.  The Buccaneers have never captured a team title but there have been plenty of noteworthy individual performances.

Two of the most memorable performers were inducted into the Beloit College Athletic Hall of Honor a couple of weeks ago. 

Stephanie Muller’01 was a seven-time indoor champion for the Bucs, winning the 20-pound weight all four years and taking the shot put crown in three of those seasons. She still holds the Buccaneer records in the weight and shot for indoors. 

Zac Freudenburg’01 pulled off an impressive triple at the 1998 indoor meet, winning the 1000, 1500 and 5000 meter races. He still holds the Beloit record in those three events, and is the record-holder in the 3000m.

Brad Lang ’81 also recorded a three-championship meet, winning the 60-yard high hurdles, the 300-yard run and the long jump his senior year, setting conference records in all three events, while earning meet MVP honors.

The longest-standing indoor record on the Buccaneer books is Greg Hoffman’s 51’5 ½ effort in the shot put in 1978. On the women’s side Heidi Rosenwald ran the two-mile in 11:44.59 in 1989. Since that event is no longer run it’s a record that will never be surpassed. Among records that can be broken, Stephanie Hansen recorded a 35’6 ½ triple jump in 1990.

Are there legendary record-setters for the Bucs heading into this year’s championship meet? We’ll know by Saturday night.  

UP AHEAD IN BUCCANEER ATHLETICS

Go to www.beloit.edu/bucs to get the entire schedule and catch up on last week’s results.