MBU Timeline sits down with Head Men’s Track and Field Coach Mark Sissom and discusses the upcoming track season.

With the fall 2015 semester coming to a close, many Missouri Baptist University track and field athletes are looking forward to the spring 2016 season.

Mark Sissom, head coach for the men’s track and field team, is feeling good and confident about this year’s competition.

“I’m really upbeat, we’ve got a lot of really nice young talent,” said Sissom.

One reason for this confidence could be the amount of preseason work the team has put in.

“Our fall conditioning has gone very, very well, and we are now preparing for our indoor conditioning as well as our first indoor meet,” Sissom said.

The team will attend their first indoor meet at the Illinois College SnowBird Open on Saturday, Jan. 23.

Though he is confident and looking for strong performances, Sissom isn’t free of any worries this season.

“My biggest worry would be eligibility for some of our freshmen and transfers who are struggling academically,” said Sissom.  

However, he is doing his best to stay on top of his athletes’ performances in the classroom along with the track.

“I’m checking grades weekly to make sure that all individuals are eligible for us, because if they are, it is going to strengthen our program,” said Sissom.

Sissom hopes his persistence on his athletes on and off the track will make for a positive season.

“I think it’s gonna be a good year, and I am looking forward to it,” Sissom said.

Check out the MBU men’s track page for a complete list of 2016 track Spartans as well as updates throughout the season.  

By Joshua Daugette

Joshua Daugette is the Managing Editor for MBU Timeline. Joshua majors in public relations and advertising with a minor in Journalism. A runner for the cross country and track teams, he transferred to Missouri Baptist University in the fall of 2014. An active member with the MBU Institute for Leadership, Daugette also loves his job at Fleet Feet Sports.