by Sarah Grace McElwain
The Walkersville Unified Track team had their first meet this Monday at Middletown High School. The team competed well in all track events, which include the 100, 200, 400, and 800 meter runs as well as the 4×100 relay and 4×400 relay. Field events (the javelin throw, shot-put toss, and long jump) were also highlights of the evening.
Before the meet, hopes were high for a successful day. “I think this meet should go pretty quickly. With the amount of people that we have, I hope we’ll do pretty well,” said junior Linsey Winpigler.
The Lions started off strong with multiple top-three rankings in the first sets of 100 and 200 meters runs. “I think I ran as well as I could,” said Winpigler after running the 100m. Senior Uriah Hickman and sophomore Emily Pezenosky both pulled off first place rankings in their heat for the 400m. “I think I did awesome, but I’ve done better,” said Hickman.
Senior Maddie Hommey came first in the 800m. Freshman Herbie Matthews also pulled off first place in his 800m heat, finishing almost a minute ahead of the competition. “I’d say I did pretty well,” laughed Matthews. “I’m definitely going to try to beat that time next week.” There were also many other Walkersville athletes who finished first in their races.
Attitudes remained positive and sportsmanlike throughout the evening. “Everyone was excited to be there and you could tell that everyone was committed,” said junior Kathy Krantz. “Our team consistently placed well and everyone was enjoying themselves.”
Track events are the favorite of most athletes. “I like the track events more only because with field events you sit there and you have to wait, but if you didn’t have to wait I’d probably like the field events better,” said junior Taylor Seabolt.
Junior Katie Summers runs the 200m. “I really like running because I can push myself to do more than I did in the past two years and we won States those two years,” said Summers.
Moving on, the Lions had a plethora of athletes competing in all three field events. Junior Seabolt competed in the long jump event. “I think I did my best and that’s all that matters really,” said Seabolt, “and having fun!”
Moving on to the last event, the Lions had four relay teams total: three 4×100 teams and one 4×400 team. In the 4×100 race, Walkersville took first and second place. Following the 4×100 relay, the Lions took first place by almost a full lap in the 4×400.
This last team team consisted of some of the team’s strongest runners: Hommey, Matthews, Hickman, and junior Chase Tyeryar. They finished off the day strong for the WHS Unified Track team.
“I hope throughout the season we can continue to push ourselves to our personal best. I also hope we get the opportunity to compete at States again this year and bring home another title to show how driven our team is,” said Krantz on her hopes for the rest of the season.
The team is hoping for more success next Monday at Tuscarora High School. With positive attitudes and a team that works together to reach their goals, the Lions are shooting for another chance at the Unified Track State Championship and a fun-filled season.