DWU's Natalie Wipf training in the Avera Queen of Peace Acceleration Program.
As any good trainer and star athlete will tell you natural ability will get you only so far. Real success lies in hard work and dedication. We met two Dakota Wesleyan University track standouts who are now crossing the finish line faster and they credit the Avera Queen of Peace Acceleration Program.
DWU Senior Natalie Wipf and 1st year Masters Student Jared Thomas are leaders on the Tiger's track team. They came to the team as long distance runners, but have excelled as sprinters. They say joining the Avera Queen of Peace Acceleration Program has helped put them in lead on the track. They give a lot of props to program coordinator Andrew Murphy for pushing them so hard.
Avera Medical Minute Acceleration Program Andrew Murphy says, "It improves their strength and speed. With the over-speed treadmill we get them to run faster and in doing so they are running more efficiently they become naturally stronger. "
Jared Thomas says, "Andrew said if you are going to be a sprinter you have to change everything about how you run. In 8 weeks he showed me. I completely changed from distance to a sprinter."
Natalie Wipf says, "This last year has been the most successful year of my track year I definitely think it's because of the acceleration program. Speed, strength and agility all played a role in that."
Right now they are running 11 miles an hour at 18 degrees. Natalie says when the degrees in higher than the speed it's really hard.
Jared says, "During the session and practice it is hard. It makes you want to absolutely give up. But when you get to those meets and you actually perform and you can see the difference it makes and it's all worth it then."
Natalie says, "It is fun to see the hard work pay off."
Fun isn't the word I would use to describe this, but I imagine it is fun to be this kind of shape taking out the competition in every race. They definitely found their stride through the Avera Queen of Peace Acceleration Program.