The track season is underway and a combination of newcomers and veterans are going to make the difference in the track team’s success this season.

The team of freshmen and upperclassmen athletes is looking to come up in the Northwest Conference standing this year and make a huge impact, head coach Tim Boyce said.

Starting toward that goal, the season opener at the George Fox Frank Haskins Invitational saw both the men’s and women’s teams come away with several wins.

The Boxer men took first place with an overall score of 270 points, beating second place Linfield by 139 points.

Eight different men qualified for the NWC Championships in six different events.

On the women’s side, the team compiled 159 points and finished in second place with eight women establishing NWC Championship marks in eight different events.

Boyce said that this year they have a higher number and quality of student athletes which he hopes will allow Pacific to produce better overall team results this season.  The team has also added athletes from the football program and some strong freshmen.

Boyce said there is a “good blend of new people and veterans this year that will contribute to a more competitive team.”

In addition to the new dynamics of the participants on the team, Boyce said the coaching staff has changed in the fact that individual coaches are taking on more responsibility as far as working with the athletes.

Boyce said that the main difference this year from last year is the quality of athletes and changes within the coaching staff.

He said this year the Pacific track team will be something to watch out for.

The Boxers next compete at the Linfield Eric Anderson Memorial Icebreaker this Friday, March 3.

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