All Bluejay tracksters earn hardware at State meet
The Sabetha High School track and field team made an impressive performance on the biggest stage this past weekend – Friday and Saturday, May 27-28 – at the state track meet in Wichita. All 10 Bluejay participants came away with a medal despite facing 90-degree temperatures and some fierce wind.
“We had a great meet and the kids competed well. Every one of our athletes that competed ended up on the awards stand and received a medal,” said Head Coach Dave Remmers. “I can only remember one time in the last 35 years that has happened.”
Legendary Coach Remmers was very pleased with his team’s effort amongst the best in the state.
“We are very proud of our athletes and their performances, and more importantly, the way they represent our school and community everywhere we go,” he said. “Our coaches have enjoyed working with everyone throughout this season and look forward to working with those that will be returning next season.”
4×800 Relay Teams
Members of the Sabetha Lady Jays 4×800 relay team included sophomore Leah Lukert, freshmen Aubrey Schmelzle and Laura Metzger, and junior Mary Lukert. The half-milers were able to defeat 11 other teams and crossed the finish line in fifth place with a time of 10 minutes, 26 seconds.
Members of the boy’s 4×800 relay team included sophomores Nate Menold and Kalvin Evans, freshman Brody Deters, and senior Tyrese Bishop. The Bluejays were competing with everything they had and when the baton was handed to the last leg – Bishop – the Bluejays were in ninth. Bishop was able to gain a couple spots to earn a seventh-place finish with a time of eight minutes, 41 seconds.
Bishop’s last high school race showed a gritty and gut-filled effort. Bishop was in a respectable eighth-place heading into the final turn of his career. From there, the 110 percent effort heading into 26 mile per hour wind displayed Bishop gaining ground with his last kick to earn him sixth place with a time of two minutes, four seconds.
“I just wanted to end my high school career on a good note,” Bishop said. “I’ll miss the coaches and all my friends that I’ve ran with.”
Junior Halle Scoby found herself on the podium with an eighth-place finish after launching the discus 111 feet.
“My main focus was to keep my mindset positive and to not overthink what I needed to do,” Scoby said, when asked about her preparation for the event. “Encouragement from Coach Remmers and my teammates have definitely made a big difference in my performances.”
When asking Scoby about her experience from the state meet she said, “my takeaway from state is that anything can happen, and you can’t let the pressure get the best of you.”
The Sabetha Lady Jay pole vault record holding senior Olivia Saner gave an all-out effort in her final meet of her outstanding high school career. She was able to clear a height of nine feet, six inches to earn her an eighth-place medal.
“Before and during my vaults I always try to stay positive and have an opened mind for whatever happens and know I’m competing and doing my best,” Saner said, when asked about her mindset for the big stage.
As Saner rides off into the sunset, I asked her what she will miss about track.
“The thing that I’ll miss most is definitely going to be the team as a whole and just being able to be a part of that and making memories,” she said. “And the coaches always pushing us to do our best.”
Freshman Laura Metzger represented the Lady Jays in the 3200-meter dash. Metzger did not look like a freshman and rose to the occasion, racing the best two-mile runners in the entire state. She was able to cross the finish the line in 10th place with a time of 12 minutes, 54 seconds adding to the list of Lady Jays state medal winners.