Sault Stryders
Running Club

Laker Track and Field/Cross Country Newsletter
January 2004
Sault Ste Marie, Michigan

Welcome to the first-ever Laker Track and Field/Cross Country Newsletter. This is an effort to keep past alumni, family and friends of the program up-to-date on our program.

First Laker College Indoor Meet: I would like to personally invite everyone to our upcoming events including the first-ever Laker Superior State University college indoor meet on January 30th @ 5pm. The meet will be held on the new indoor Mondo surface track @ the Norris Center.

High School Meets: LSSU is hosting two high school MITS meets this year; the first in on Jan 27th & the second on Feb 24th (start @ 5pm for both meets).

Long Jump Pit: The new $15,500 long jump pit is scheduled for completion in February. It will be state-of-the-art...the best pit money can buy. We will be happy to get this completed! Our next projects include new vaulting equipment and indoor throwing equipment (new launch pad & more throwing equipment). Fund-raising has been the key for these projects & the team has done well with this. Thanks for supporting us!

Some of the recent highlights were watching Jeff Thuss finish his collegiate career at the Regional race. Jeff finished successfully and even should make the All-Region Academic Team.

Canadian Nationals: The Canadians on the team attended the Canadian National meet 2 weeks ago and were able to place 3rd as a team. Clyde Bridge finished with a huge kick passing 10 guys in the last 400 meters for a 26th place finish. Matt Flemming came in 86th place to show a huge improvement from his finish last year. Meghan Juuti, who has recently signed here, placed 28th in the women's race and Debbie Buhlers who trains with the team place 24th in the senior race!!! Good job everyone!!! Steve Eles also placed 50th in the senior race.

Pavicic's Journals: Laker Athlete Anthony Pavicic has been asked to put his training log on-line at www.athleticore.com ; If you are interested in seeing some of the Laker workouts, you can check this out on-line now. There are always some good stories to go along with it.

Sprints: We have a lot of young sprinters since the introduction of our new indoor track. Last year, a group of 4 freshman guys actually placed 5th in conference. This surprised a lot of teams as we have never placed that high before and UP teams traditionally don't support the sprinters.

Throwers: Chris Winkler and Ed Miller both set school records in the throwing events last year. Both are showing some good improvements this fall and they have a few new teammates that are working well with them. Both Chris and Ed were freshman as well.

Recruiting: Recruiting has been crazy this year. We over 15 commitments for next year and we have had 50-60 on campus to see the facilities. We are trying to keep up with calling everyone, but it is hard right now. Calling us is always the best way to start communication. There is also an on-line questionnaire for prospects.

Website: For more information on the program, please check out the website at www.lssu.edu

The website has a ton of information!

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The 2003 year is coming to an end. It has been a great year for Lake Superior State University track and field & cross country. Under new head track and field & cross country coach Drew Ludtke the team is reaching new heights. Laker field squads have gone from a team of 25 member to 55 members in less than a year. During the 2003 track and field year 26 school records were broke, everyone set personal bests, Aaron Litzner broke the GLIAC conference 5000 meter record with a time of 14:36, Steve Eles qualified for the NCAA track and field meet (probably would have been All-American if he had not tumbled over a steeple), and everyone is healthy and training hard.

During the 2003 cross country season the Laker men showed that they have a bright future ahead of them. The Laker men placed 6th in the conference with a team primarily made up of freshman. Junior/Sophomore Anthony Pavicic led the team all season; he ran PR's in every meet this year and finished the season off with a 22nd place at conference.

The Laker women have also shown they are heading in a new direction. With a young team the Lady Lakers placed third at the Ferris State Invitational. The lone upper classmen Amy Busfield worked together with freshmen Jen Burger to lead the Lakers this season. The future is looking good as all but Busfield is in their first year of college competition (by Aaron Litzner; Laker Alumni and GLIAC Record Holder in 5000 meters.

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If you are not familiar with the university, I have attached a copy of the Mission and Vision Below.

Mission Statement

Lake Superior State University empowers capable and responsible students in the pursuit of academic excellence. Faculty, staff, and students value rigorous education, collaborative learning, flexible and innovative programs, and a safe and supportive environment. Honoring the history and traditions of the people of Michigan and Ontario, LSSU offers a balanced education in arts, sciences, and professional studies. LSSU graduates are broadly educated for personal and professional success in a diverse and rapidly changing world.

Vision Statement

Lake Superior State University aspires to be the university of choice in Michigan, Ontario, and beyond for students seeking high quality academic programs and services in a personal and supportive learning environment. The University is committed to meeting regional needs, increasing enrollment, and enhancing institutional resources.

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Thanks for reading all this!!!

Drew Ludtke

Head CC & TF Coach

Lake Superior State University