Despite having a small team, track performed exceptionally well at the sectional meet on April 28. Junior Moritz Gloesslein led the boys along with seniors Robert “RJ” Prudic and Jacob Sabino, sophomores Ben Siemens and Zakaria Lamri, and freshman Kai Morfin who recently joined the team after baseball was cancelled.
The girls roster was short at the beginning of the season with only senior Monty Lussow, junior Keely Breedlove and sophomore Emma Whittman who left the team shortly after the season began. In mid-April, Breedlove suffered a spinal injury where she fractured her C1 vertebra. In addition to having to wear a neck brace for six to eight weeks from the date of the injury, she must also refrain from exercise for the same period of time.
Breedlove was a first place finisher in both the 400 meter and the 800 meter earlier in the season. When asked about having to sit out for the rest of the season, Breedlove responded: “Although I am very bummed that I don’t get a chance to compete at the state meet, it makes me even more determined to do well next year.”
In spite of being the only girl, Lussow placed 3rd in the 1600 meter and 2nd in the 3200 meter. According to coach Robert Scribner, the team is eagerly waiting to find out if Lussow will qualify for the state meet in the 3200.
On the boys side, Gloesslein set personal bests in all three of his events. He won the long jump with a distance of 20’ 7.5”. Gloesslein also won the 110 meter hurdles and placed 2nd in the 100 meter dash. He did not compete in his fourth event, the 300 meter hurdles, because he had already qualified for states in his first three events.
Prudic saw success in the long distance races. He placed 5th in the 1600 and 3rd in the 3200. Prudic also led the team in two relay races.
Scribner credits much of the team’s success to improvement over the season. “I think our consistency has largely improved. We’ve had less instances of people losing focus during competition,” said Scribner.
Gloesslein has been the standout performer of the season. He hopes to return from the state meet with some hardware. “Personally I’m going to try my hardest to place in the top three in any of the three events I qualified for. Next year I will try to even get first in long jump because I will improve a lot over the summer,” said Gloesslein.
Practice has been the key to Gloesslein’s tremendous success this year according to his coach. Scribner said, “Moritz has also been able to work out most of the kinks in his technique for the long jump and hurdles, which has led to some breakthroughs for him.”
As a team, the boys finished 5th out of ten teams in the sectional meet. It is notable that the Gregory School’s six man roster is significantly smaller than most of the other teams competing. The girls team, which only consisted of Lussow, placed 8th out of ten teams.
San Manuel placed 1st for both boys and girls followed by Pusch Ridge for both genders.
The biggest challenge facing track for the future is the lack of participation. Without a full lineup, it is hard to accumulate enough points to place highly as a team. Scribner said, “I’m expecting to have a bigger squad, so we can begin to compete for team awards in addition to individual ones.”
Gloesslein and Prudic will both be competing in the state meet on Friday May 8 and Saturday May 9 at Mesa Community College. The team is still waiting to find out if Lussow will be competing as well.
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