PROVO — The smith field house provides a safe haven for BYU’s track athletes. But some say the indoor warmth comes with its own hurdles. Some BYU track athletes experience the pros and cons of staying dry in the cold winter months.
BYU mid-distance runner Korey Smith appreciates that he can stay out of the snow at the Smith Fieldhouse’s indoor track.
“Its the first indoor track I have ever seen, so it was eye opening the first time. But its fun, and because its on a smaller scale and everything, you feel like everything moves really fast,” Smith said.
But the indoor season has its own barriers. Smith’s favorite event is the 400 meter hurdles. But it does not happen indoors. That’s one reason he likes the outdoor season better.
“We’re traveling to California, the sunny weather, Texas, other places where its warm. It’s beautiful,” Smith said.
But BYU pentathlon track runner Nicole Laws prefers to compete indoors.
“But in indoor its just you and the competition and the bar. It’s really nice to just do your event without worrying about the extra factors,” Laws said.
There is plenty of seats at the outdoor track, but it can get kind of tight indoors.
“Our indoor meets are really really crowded and there’s not really any room,” Sadie Nielsen, Sophomore thrower said.
Regardless of how the athletes feel about competing inside, they are warming up to the idea of breezing by air force academy later today.