No coach likes to use the term, but sometimes there's no other word to describe the situation. For the Hastings College men's track and field team, which is coming off its best combined indoor and outdoor season in school history, it's going to be difficult to pick up right where it left off.
"You hate to use that term (rebuilding) because you're always in a cycle trying to get something better, but it's hard to replace guys that had your highest school finishes ever and some elite (athletes)," said Kendrick Clay, who is going into his 10th season as the Broncos' head track and field coach. "Sometimes you cycle through, and there are certainly kids that have that potential, but it's going to take time and recruiting."
It is a different story for the women's team, however. A team that had a lot of youth last season, and in reality still does, Clay said the women's team has matured from last season. Hastings College returns a talented lineup of sprinters and throwers.