Boys Track Senior Night



The last regular season meet took place on Tuesday evening. To commemorate our season, my teammates and I grilled out before the meet. It all began at 3:15 p.m. with gorgeous weather and a scorching sun. The first and last home meet quickly became a good night for many Tracc Pupz, a nickname for the track boys. Many of them placed in their events, and a lot of the guys achieved new PR’s (personal records). The Pupz may not have won, but they fought hard on senior night. Next week, Kokomo hosts the sectional on Thursday evening. Coach Jones set the roster, and many of us are excited to make noise at the much-awaited meet.

At 5:00 p.m. the seniors walked across the field. Bryce Reish, Joe Shaffer, Jacob Martin, Roland Trusty, Benjamin Langsted, our foreign exchange student, Nate Jones, and Wesley Merritt were recognized for their accomplishments at Lewis Cass. Hearing each name being called, I realized it was only a matter of time before they graduate. The seniors have made this track season one of the best. I’ve never laughed more or been able to connect with a team until this year. Each senior makes the team better in his own unique ways. Joe Shaffer, Jake Martin, and Bryce Reish have added a lot of power to the throwing events. Roland, Nate, and Wesley turned the sprints into a breeze for the season. Benji has been an awesome teammate the entire season and always has something positive to say. This season has undoubtedly been one of the best of my high school career, and I wish the seniors the best of luck

To start the evening, Caleb Johnson and Joe Shaffer earned second and third place in the discus. Both reached a pr in their careers. Almost everybody threw his best. At high jump, Bailey Scott placed third behind two jumpers from Rossville. He went on to sweep the 400 and 800-meter races. He didn’t run the mile that day; however, Carl Jay went on to win the two-mile race. He also swept the competition at pole vault. Sam Miller, also running the two-mile, placed third. At shot put, the Lewis Cass throwers topped out with Caleb at first place and Jake Martin at second place.

Nate Jones, a star sprinter, placed first in the 100-meter race with a personal record time of 11.42 seconds. In the 200 meter sprint, he received second place by only 0.01 seconds behind the winner at a time of 24.70. His second place finish was also a personal record time. Kian Meister, Seth Brown, Nate Jones, and Roland Trusty placed first in the 4×1 relay. Roland also stayed consistent in the 300-meter hurdle race placing third. The night was very enduring, but in the end, we had a lot of people reach personal records.

The seniors have become a force to reckon with this year. Our team’s morale is high, and we hold ourselves to the highest standard each day. In the beginning, our team acted boldly. Now, we know our abilities and are able to work as a team to accomplish anything. Thank you to the seniors, and I hope you all have an incredible send-off.

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