Staff Writer: Dwayne Davis
WINGATE, NC — Wingate University’s indoor track and field team is on their way for the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) Indoor Championship on Feb. 26- 27 in Winston Salem, NC. The Bulldogs previously were chosen as a favorite in the SAC conference as they racked up 10 first-place votes between men and women teams combined.
Senior Darius Weathers is a standout to look for around the JDL fast track as he currently holds an NCAA outdoor All-American title in the triple jump from 2019. The All-American jumper was also previously All-Southeast Region as well, both indoors and outdoors, in the same event in 2021. The last time Wingate attended an indoor championship, Weathers led the league both in the long jump (6.86) and the triple jump (14.31).
Distance specialists Jakob Rettschlag and Meg Rapley of the Bulldogs are also two other big names that will attend the SAC championship, as the two runners previously put up school record-setting numbers. At the Camel City Invitational, Rettschlag finished sixth with a school-record time of 4:10.55. Closely behind him, Rapley recorded another record-setting time of 4:59.73, placing her at seventh in the same indoor event.
Looking back at the past, the Wingate men placed second while the women finished fifth in the SAC indoor championship of 2020. The previous 2021 indoor Championship was not held, so the Bulldogs are expected to come back with even more firepower.