Track season will be underway in just a few weeks, and the Illinois State University Redbirds will be looking for a few more athletes to fill their roster. On Sept. 10, the ’Birds will be hosting open tryouts at Redbird Track and Field at 4 p.m.
For the athletes, walk-on tryouts are just another opportunity to pick up undiscovered talent and seek out potential standouts. Senior Sean Senf, who runs both cross-country and track, is excited for the freshman and other new prospects to perform. “With a decent chunk of our men’s team returning and a great freshman class, we have a great chance of competing for the conference title this year. I’m excited to see what this season will bring,” Senf said.
Senior middle-distance runner Tyler Rippel is especially looking forward to walk-on tryouts. Being a walk-on his freshman year, Rippel worked his way through the ranks and ended up on the podium and receiving All-MVC honors throughout sophomore and freshman year. “We have several kids every year who make it through tryouts and end up being very valuable in the conference meet. I’m anticipating a good turn out,” said Rippel.
Those interested in trying out should contact track and field coach Brenton Emanuel at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those who are interested should be cleared medically, and must be tested for a physical and sickle cell anemia. All potential athletes also must fulfill the present NCAA eligibility requirements. Students willing to tryout must then come to Horton 211 for forms, which should be completed no later than Sept. 5.