The depth is coming, though. The number of qualifiers was impressive, and spread among the field events, sprints and distance. They key is getting the volume of qualifiers. If you only have 3 guys qualify, only 3 guys can score, but if you have 15 qualify, your chances are simply getting better.
When we were scoring all of our points on the throws - big deal, that isn't a track team - but now, the balance is starting to get there, while maintaining dominance in the throws.
They key is more depth in the sprints, to be able to score relay points. The fact that we set a school record in the 4x100, and finished 13th - that shows how far we need to go in the sprint depth.
However, Hammond wasn't far off of more points in the 1,500, and a couple of field events were extremely close to reducing that 17 point gap. We may have been 50% short in points, but we had people close to scoring, or scoring more.
Right now, men's track is the closest sport we have to a contender, but a few years ago, so was women's. It can fall off pretty quickly, too.
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