Track

Track 2017: Back: Adrian Gonzales, Anthony Villatoro, Jim Wang, Drake Brezina, Logan Thomas, Erik Schmidt, Juan Andino, Coach Marty Gingerich. Middle: Madison Higdon, Adria Ebersole, Ainsley Shaw, Rachel Miller, Avery Blauvelt, Calli Shaw, Rachel Geyer, Emma Beachy. Front: Mackenzie Gutierrez, Greta Schrag, Sarena Gerber, Rubye Ney, Payton Hart. Not pictured Suzanna Yoder
Track 2017: Back: Adrian Gonzales, Anthony Villatoro, Jim Wang, Drake Brezina, Logan Thomas, Erik Schmidt, Juan Andino, Coach Marty Gingerich. Middle: Madison Higdon, Adria Ebersole, Ainsley Shaw, Rachel Miller, Avery Blauvelt, Calli Shaw, Rachel Geyer, Emma Beachy. Front: Mackenzie Gutierrez, Greta Schrag, Sarena Gerber, Rubye Ney, Payton Hart. Not pictured Suzanna Yoder

Season Preview

The track and field team has grown again this year. There are 27 members on the roster including last year’s state qualifiers Emma Beachy and Rubye Ney. Emma placed twentieth with a career best discus throw of 94 feet 7 inches at the state meet. Rubye placed twenty-third in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:11.84. Both young women are already working on their events. The girls team has an added depth of distance runners with the entire cross country team now also on the track roster. Senior Calli Shaw leads this group and hopes to compete at a variety of distances on the 400 meter oval. Rachel Miller, Suzanna Yoder and Mackenzie Gutierrez all return as veteran long jump/sprint/relay personnel.

The boys team is also larger this year. Sprinters Jim Wang and Micah Miller are joined by five newcomers who are looking to run some quick relays. Levi Geyer and Finny Lackender have been putting in the miles to prepare for distance races. There are several new throwers on the boys team who are working hard to make some great marks for the team. The Central indoor meets are our first competitions. The boys will compete March 17 and the girls compete March 18. Outdoor competition starts March 30 at Danville.

As always, I look forward to every day of practice and every day of competition. I look forward to teaching young athletes about track and field. I look forward to teachable moments whenever they arise whether they are about track and field or about other aspects of life. I look forward to being with each athlete as they train and prepare for competition. And I look forward to being there to witness the results of all the preparation.

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