We are saddened that the COVID-19 situation eliminated the opportunity for our spring athletes to represent the Tigers in competition. Many athletes lost the ability to pursue their goals as a team and individual. In effort to highlight the optimism that we had for our spring athletes, we will be sharing a pre-season highlight written by our spring coaches. Tigers, are thoughts are with you!
2020 Unified Track & Field
Coming off its most successful season in 2019, the Tigers Unified Track and Field team had very high hopes and big goals for the 2020 season. In 2019, the Unified Tigers were HCC Conference Co-Champs, Hamilton County Champs, Sectional Champs, placed 3rd at the Kokomo Regionals and 6th at the State Finals at Indiana University. The Tigers were poised to make a serious run at a return to the state finals this season and had goals of reaching the podium in Bloomington.
The Tigers were returning 22 varsity letter-winners from 2019 which included the core group of participants in each of the 5 events. Adding to this number were scores of newcomers to the squad. The Tigers had around 85 students signed up to participate in Unified Track this season, adding depth to an already deep team and allowing for a full schedule of JV and Varsity meets. The leadership and commitment within this team, particularly from the seniors, have been the source of the enjoyment and the success of the program over the years.
Returning for the Tigers this season and expected to contribute major points in the tournament meets were: Conner Babcock (400m), Evan Barker (shot put, relay), Hannah Bischoff (100m, relay), Kellen Bridgeforth (long jump, 400m), Emerson Chapple (100m, relay), Crysta Coble (relay), Dane Cochran (shot put), Carter Gordon (long jump, 400m), Devin Hankins (400m), Maggie Hay (long jump, relay), Lily Hobbs (100m, 400m), Josh Ibey (shot put, 100m, relay), Ryan Kennedy (all events), Hayden Lake (100m, 400m), Rebecca Lewis (long jump, relay), Libby Maahs (100m, relay), Alex Nolting (shot put), Nathan Oman (100m, relay), Carter Sanderson (400m, relay), Kristyn Santiago (long jump, 100m, relay), Colin Schooley (long jump, 100m), Sophie Swanson (long jump), Sam Syrus (100m, 400m), Kyle Timmerman (shot put), AJ Valerio (long jump, 100m, relay) and Chloe White (shot put).
As all teams are, we are very disappointed and saddened by the loss of this season. That disappointment is especially strong for our seniors that won’t have that last chance at a run for a state title. The coaching staff wants to thank all of our seniors for their years of dedication to building this program. This is a very unique team within the school. It is a team like no other. The friendships and camaraderie that is developed is something special. This team is the exact personification of Tiger Pride. Thank you to the seniors and we wish you all well. We do look forward to 2021 with same enthusiasm as we had for this year. The Tigers Unified Track and Field team will again be strong competitors next season.
Coach Patrick Schooley