Updated: Mar 5
By Brianna Teaff, Copy Editor
The Hardin-Simmons University men's and women's indoor track teams competed in the Texas Tech Corky Classic on Friday, Jan. 17 and Saturday, Jan. 18. Tyler Rohrman, a senior at HSU, led the Cowboys in the mile with a 4:35.90 and finished second overall in the men's 3,000-meter, breaking the Cowboy indoor track record with a time of 9:16.99.
Rohrman explained how it felt to break the school’s 3,000-meter indoor record. “It felt great to break the indoor 3,000-meter record at the first meet. It was a great meet with great competition and being in that field really pushed me to that high standard,” Rohrman said.
Rohrman shared how he felt the Texas Tech Corky Classic went overall. “The meet was a great experience for everyone. The support from one another is like no other. The first meet is always a good way to get ‘your feet wet’ for the season,” Rohrman said.
Rohrman shared what his individual goal for this track season is. “My overall goal for the season is to enjoy my last season, but also to go out with high honor. I’m looking forward to the conference meet in April at McMurry University. There I hope to help the team win the American Southwest Conference title and hopefully catch some individual titles myself. Specifically, I’m looking to be the first runner in the history of the program to run under 15 minutes in the 5k,” Rohrman said.
Rohrman also shared the team’s goal for the season. “Our team goal this year is to be more united than we have ever been. I believe the team is in a great spot to run some phenomenal times and push each other to our first ASC title,” Rohrman said.
The track team will transition from indoor to outdoor season on March 7, where HSU will host their first home meet/outdoor meet of the season.
Rohrman explained what the biggest difference is between the indoor season versus the outdoor season. “The biggest difference between indoor and outdoor has to be the race tactics in any running event. Usually when outdoors we will run on a 400-meter track, but indoor tracks are usually around 200 meters. With more laps and more turns, it can be easy to get boxed in during an event. Indoor is a true fast start, with a fast finish,” Rohrman said.
He continued with whether he preferred indoor versus outdoor track. “I personally prefer indoor, because it’s more strategy in my opinion. I’m a tactical kind of runner, I like to have a plan to stick with. Also, indoor doesn’t have the West Texas wind to fight,” Rohrman said.