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Men's indoor track season preview

Men's indoor track season preview

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Belmont University men's track and field team hopes to rekindle the fire it found during the 2017 outdoor track season and put it to use indoors this winter.

The Bruins parlayed seventh place at last year's Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Championships into a runner-up finish by the time the OVC Outdoor Championships rolled around in May. With a bulk of those competitors back, including two NCAA East Regional qualifiers in senior Caleb Corprew and junior Nate Nammour, the Bruins hope to take the next step this indoor season. 

"I want to see the guys build off of what they did last year. Indoor season last year was close to where we expected it to be, but the outdoor season is what really exceeded expectations," said Cameron Harvey, Belmont Associate Head Track and Field Coach. "We want them to increase their position from last year and a lot of people graduated around the conference. The returners are naturally expected to move up a little bit."

Corprew, a senior hurdler from Midwest City, Okla., and Nammour, a junior sprinter from Tampa, Fla., are hardly seven months removed from a trip to Outdoor Regionals, but 14 Bruins in all are back after top-10 individual event finishes at last year's indoor conference meet.

The deep squad has Belmont thinking about a return to the top tier of the competitive OVC.

"I think we have the potential to do what we did last year and we're never going to be back at the bottom of the pack where we were at one point," said Ryan Lipe (Franklin, Tenn.), a redshirt junior who took third in the heptathlon at conference in 2017. "People are seeing that Belmont's track team is growing and succeeding now."

While a portion of the Bruins debuted in early December before the holiday break at the unscored Vanderbilt Indoor Opener, Belmont's full squad will be in action starting Friday back at Vanderbilt at the two-day Commodore Invitational.

"After having five weeks off we're hoping that most of them can come back and maintain the shape that they were in when we left in December," Harvey said. "I know a lot of them weren't happy with the December meet as a whole."

The Commodore Invitational begins with select events Friday starting at 4 p.m. The remainder of the meet is slated for 10 a.m. Saturday. Click HERE for a tentative schedule of meet events.




Top-10 placings at 2017 OVC Indoor Championships

Chase Ballard, junior
5000m: 9th (15:00.08)

Matthew Blivin, senior
Mile: 8th (4:19.89)

Corey Claiborne, junior
Shot put: 10th (15.76m)

Caleb Corprew, senior
60m: 3rd (8.17 - school record)

Kaden Eaton, senior
5000m: 10th (15:00.57)

Matt Edwards, senior
Mile: 6th (4:15.54)

Luke Evans, senior
3000m: 7th (8:31.73)

Stephen Gibson, junior
Weight: 9th (16.27m)

Ryan Lipe, junior
Heptathlon: 3rd (4,662 points)
Pole vault: 7th (3.71m)

Kaleb McLeod, junior
5000m: 7th (14:43.50)
3000m: 10th (8:41.77)

Drake Mitchell, sophomore
High jump: 9th (1.92m)

Nate Nammour, junior
400m: 6th (49.54)

Ryan Teague, sophomore
400m: 7th (49.56)

Ben Weisel, junior
800m: 6th (1:56.31)