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Highly successful track teams feted at banquet

By Joe Davidson, Contributor

“Our goal is to win a banner but my goal in my heart-of-hearts is to make you fall in love with track,” said Coach Joe Davidson as he addressed the team and their family at the end-of-year banquet.

Love and passion for a sport are essential building blocks for improvement. If a student-athlete loves what they are doing, the rest is easy.

Though nothing is easy in track and field, the Wildcats did make it look easy this year. They broke eight outdoor school records and 11 indoor school records. The outdoor records were:

Brady Bogan- 110m H (15.78) and the 300m H (41.84)

Lauren Kelley- 1600m (5:31) and the 3200m (12:05)

Anna Schatzle- pole vault (10-9)

Ashlan Hill, Anna Schatzle, Audrey Reister, Katelyn Meyer, and Grace Kruthaupt- Girls 4x100m (50.43)

Jenna Orschell, Hill, Meyer, and Kelley- Girls 4x400m (4:10.27)

Kaitlynn Brunemann, Taylor Stewart, Orschell, and Kelley- Girls 4x800m (10:30)

Bogan (110m H), Schatzle (PV), Hill (LJ), and the 4x100m team of Reister, Hill, Meyer, and Schatzle were EIAC champions. Schatzle and Hill also won sectional championships. Jacob Schatzle won a sectional championship in long jump.

These speedsters were not only successful on the track but also in the classroom. Hill, Stewart, and Kyle Seibert were also EIAC Academic All-Conference.

At the banquet, the coaches had team awards and team MVPs to give out. The Track MVP, Field MVP, and Rookie of the Year were given to the athletes who scored the most points in the respective categories. Those winners were Hunter Tschaenn and Kelley for Track MVP, Jacob Schatzle and Anna Schatzle for Field MVP, and Sam Westerfeld and Jenna Bruns for Rookie of the Year.

Anyone on the team was eligible for the team awards. The Grit Award is given to the athlete who had relentless effort throughout the year. The Grit Award was given to Hill and Jacob Tharp.

The Semper Paratus Award is given to anyone who was always ready as a substitute or alternate for a relay. Those winners were Kruthaupt and Denver Meier.

The Wildcat Award is given to the athlete who best represents the team values. This award was given to Orschell and Austin Herrmann.

The Team MVP was given to the athlete who was the most valuable as a competitor, a leader, a role model, and a teammate. This award was given to Stewart and Bogan.

“I think we reached our internal goal. It isn't measurable, it isn't tangible, but it is real. The things I saw this year on the track and at practice makes me believe that we are about pop,” said Davidson. “We are about to take the next step.”

With all the success the track team has had in the past few years, one might ask, “What is the next step?” There's plenty yet to be accomplished. The main one would be a sectional or conference championship. Franklin County has never won either of them. A Franklin County relay team has never qualified for state. In the indoor season, a Franklin County relay team has never qualified for state. These are just a few tangible goals that the Wildcats will have their sights set on in 2020.