The Golden Rams finished 2nd in the SIAC last season, but Coach Kenneth Taylor thinks they are the underdogs.
However, that hasn't hindered his aspirations.
"If anybody slips or sneezes, guess what? ASU has another conference championship in Men's track and field," said Taylor. "So we're not selling ourselves short with anybody in the conference, but we are realistic to know that we've got some skill development that needs to happen with our younger folks."
"There's always room for improvement," said the 2015 SIAC track runner of the year, Jared Jordan. "I came in as a freshman out of high school running a 10.8 (in the 100 M), freshman year I ran a 10.5, last year I ran a 10.3, so this year we're hoping to drop my time even more."
"Different workouts hit different spots that we're trying to reach," said distance runner Jamorris Hill. "So the workouts that we have been given, we've been trying to hit the times. We've been close to them, we've been on time."
Both the men's team and the women's team have young squads. Of 38 total athletes, 25 are freshmen. Morgane Rainwater and Shayla Bowen are veterans who lead on the track and in the classroom.
"My team calls me the encourager," said Rainwater. "I'm very, very motivating. I believe that as a team we have to stick together we're a family. We're all we have, we all we got."
"It just makes me work harder and be a little more dedicated and be a leader to my team to show them that we can do anything that we put our minds to as long as we work together," said Bowen.
The Golden and Lady Rams will open their season on Feb. 20 in the Savannah State University Eye Opener.
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