Track & Field Athlete Sydney Romine Competes in NAIA Indoor Championships This Week
Brenau University’s Sydney Romine will be the first Golden Tigers athlete to compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Indoor National Championships Thursday through Saturday, March 2-4, when she runs the the 60-meter hurdles in Johnson City, Tennessee.
The outdoor team, which has never failed to win a Southern States Athletic Conference championship in its four-year history, will participate in the Southern States Athletics Conference championship meet April 21-22 in Mobile, Alabama, with an eye toward winning more national berths at the NAIA outdoor championship meet May 23-25 across the bay in Gulf Shores. This is the first year that the Brenau track and field team has competed in the indoor sport.
Romine, a freshman at Brenau from Jasper, Georgia, competes on both the indoor and outdoor teams. In the outdoor sport she is an accomplished heptathlete. She qualified for the indoor championship meet with a time of 9.20 and spent the last two weeks concentrating on hurdles for her trip to Johnson City.
“She’s prepared very well, but it’s been interesting because this is actually not her best event,” said Head Coach Byron Kramer. “She’s a multi-event person who does the pentathlon and heptathlon in outdoor. So to be concentrating on one event is kind of unique for her.”
Kramer said while Romine would usually train to be good in five to seven events, for the last 10 days she’s been focused on becoming great in her one event.
Romine, a graduate of Pickens County High School who has been running track and field since her freshman year of high school, said she’s a little nervous about the competition, as its her first national collegiate-level event.
“It’s an honor,” she said. “I wasn’t expecting it, but I’m excited now. I’ve been working extra hard and working specifically with hurdles. I don’t know exactly what to expect, but I’m looking forward to it.”