Coming off a fantastic 2016 season, the Warner Track & Field team has picked up right where it left off. At the 2017 NCCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship in New York Tobias Durham and Oshin Hyman came home with multiple medals around their necks.
Tobias Durham and Oshin Hyman
“They are very talented and very dedicated. Both have made history for Warner’s Track and Field program,” said Men and Women’s Track and Field and Cross Country Head Coach Emperatriz Gonzales-Henao.
Hyman won first place in the Women’s Long Jump, was runner up in the Women’s Triple Jump, and received “All American”.
“When Oshin arrived to Warner from Jamaica, she was a sprinter, but when I saw her I knew she could be a national champion jumper. Step by step Oshin realized that too and now we have a national champion in the long jump,” said Gonzales-Henao.
Durham got runner up in the Men’s 60 Meters, the Men’s Triple Jump, the Men’s Long Jump, as well as, receiving All American, his sixth total.
“It’s always hard work that pays off,” said Durham.
Durham is coming off a 2016 NAIA Indoor Men’s Field “Athlete of the Year” title for the Southern Region, and is the school record holder for the 60 Meter Dash, the Triple Jump, and the 4×1.
Durham has four Conference Championships and has helped Warner hold the Sun Conference Meet Record for the 4×1.
Hyman and Durham gained entry into the 2017 NAIA Indoor National Championships in Tennessee.
With talent and hard work, the last key to success is a knowledgeable coach.
Coach Gonzalez- Henao is the reigning Sun Conference Men’s Track and Field Coach of the Year. She has been at Warner since 2001 and is currently in her 15 season with Track and Field and completed her 15 season with Cross Country in the fall.
“When I arrived at Warner there was already a Cross Country program, but the previous head coach and I started the Track and Field program.”
From Medellin, Colombia, Gonzalez- Henao was the National Coach for the Colombian Team where her athletes medaled in the Olympic games and got runner up at the World Championships.
Since her time at Warner, over 100 hundred athletes have gone to nationals in Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, and Cross Country, with at least one athlete qualifying for nationals every season. There are a total of 45 All Americans under her leadership.
“I think being a coach is starting from zero and creating something out of nothing depending on the talent of the athlete, the mentality, attitude, and the compromise that the athletes have by themselves,” said Gonzalez- Henao.