Cebulla helps change culture of U Mary men’s track

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The University of Mary’s men’s track team’s goal at the Northern Sun Outdoor Track and Field Championship is a top three finish. If they reach their goal, a big part of their success will be leadership from seniors like Adam Cebulla.

“Well he came in as a relatively unknown freshman,” U Mary men’s track and field coach Mike Thorson said. “He wasn’t very good.”

Adam wasn’t the only athlete that needed to improve, the team did as well. Adam’s freshman year, they finished 10th out of 16 teams at the conference meet. Which was difficult for Adam.

“Seeing ourselves at the bottom,” Cebulla said. “Understanding that we have the potential to be a great program. And we have coaches that are phenomenal. We have they best coaches in the conference hands down.”

When Adam arrived in the fall of 2013, there were 20 freshman. Now, as he completes his senior year, they are three.

“They find out that this isn’t for me,” Thorson said. “This is too tough it’s too much work.”

As the numbers dwindled, Adam became more of a leader. He organized offseason team workouts and bonding actives.

“Even though track and field can be considered an individual sport,” Cebulla said, “it really does come down to a team effort and a team buy-in.”

The men’s team steadily improved over the next two years. The Marauders finished seventh in 2015 and sixth in 2016. This year’s goal is top three.

“This spring our men’s team is looking to take second,” Cebulla said. “So the strides we’ve taken and the leadership from us three seniors that our left from our class speaks volumes.”

Adam’s gift for the future classes is the solid foundation he left.

“Through hard work, determination and positivity,” Cebulla said. “and bringing everybody together as a team that you can accomplish anything.”

After the first day of the championships, the men’s team is in ninth place.

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