Run, Jump, Throw: Region Track

Despite having lost many of their fastest runners last year, the Hillcrest Track and Field team was able to triumph at this year’s region championship meet. All of the relay teams made it to state and athletes qualified for state in nearly every event. Hillcrest took second in boys and girls overall.

After winning region in both boys and girls last year, the team was optimistic, but they knew it would be hard if they wanted to accomplish the same feat this year.

“I thought we would have a pretty good chance of winning on the boys side, Cyprus was going to be tough to beat. We were to thin on the girls side, I just wanted to get as many people as possible to state,” says head coach Scott Stucki. Approximately 20 athletes will be headed to state from Hillcrest.

The first day was quite an eventful one. Zach Hastings and Anthony Davies took first and second respectively in the 1600 meter run, which is approximately a mile. Davies also ran the anchor leg of the 1600 sprint medley, leading the team to a first place finish and qualifying them for state. The medley team also included Ryan Sharp, Jacob Morton, and Markus Brauer. On the girls side, the sprint medley took third, Alaina Stonebreaker took second in the long jump, and Anna Wright took second in the javelin.

At the end of an eventful first day, Hillcrest had the lead in points on both the boys and girls side but perhaps the most dramatic part was at the end of the girls sprint medley.

A girl from Granger injured her leg as she crossed the finish line to hand off to the next member of her team. The paramedics were called and she was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. However, she smiled and waved as they carried her away.

The next day included the finals for the sprint events and the medals ceremony. James Reich took first in the shot put, Maggie Erekson qualified for state in both hurdle events and Davies took first in the two-mile run. Alaina Stonebreaker took second in both the 100m dash and the 200m dash. Faith Amos also qualified for state in the two-mile. Other qualifying athletes include Brock Lloyd in the 300 hurdles, Brauer in the 400, and Anna Wright in the Javelin.

Overall, the coaches and athletes were proud of their performance. Sophomore Elizabeth Martin, who ran all three relays says, “The power of each individual on the team comes not only from their own hard work and passion, but also that of the team as a whole.”