Thursday, February 28, 2008

Gopher Men Ready to Compte at Big Tens

University of Minnesota men's track coach Phil Lundin leads a young team into the Big Ten Indoor Championships in Madison, WI this weekend. The Gophers are one of five teams with a shot at the team title. Lundin answered a few questions from DtB about the challenge

DtB: What are the team's strengths?

We are young and talented. Our strength lies in the pole vault, heptathlon, and distance events along with All-American sprinter Ibrahim Kabia.

DtB: Who has a shot at individual titles?

PL: We have three to four guys who could win individual titles.

DtB: Do you do anything special to inspire the team for this meet or do you just let the status of the event take care of that?

PL: There is no need for motivational speeches or slogans.

DtB: Do you approach this like any other meet or does it have special significance?

PL: The Big Ten Championships are very special and represent the apex of competitive effort for most of our kids. I look forward to the competition.

DtB: The athletes have an physical outlet to deal with the stress of a big event. As a coach, how do you deal with it?

We do nothing special. I really have nothing to say about the stress of the championships. It is a reality and you deal with it. Younger kids need more support and assurance than people who have been there (generally). My answer would only be couched in clich├ęs and truisms. We just go to compete hard.

Photo Courtesy of University of Minnesota

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