Sprinting, jumping, throwing, vaulting, the Wesleyan Track & Field team is off to a great start for the 2016 season. Head coaches Candler Baxley, Chad McDaniel and Chris Yoder are training athletes to reach both their personal and team goals. With Greater Atlanta Christian School, Lovett and Holy Innocents being their toughest opponents, Baxley said their main goal for the season is “to have fun, see all of our athletes improve, and be competitive in the region and state meats at the end of the season.”
These coaches also infiltrate a sense of community into practices and serve as constant encouragers to help students succeed and build each other up. Senior Sheridan Davenport said, “I would describe this year’s team dynamic as very exciting. Everyone is willing to try new things and uncover their talents in the tracks and the fields. It’s great to see everyone growing athletically and developing in character.”
Aside from team goals, athletes have also set personal goals for this season. Junior Jason McCleskey said, “My personal goals for this season would be to get to state and beat the school record for hurdles.”
Senior Sheridan Davenport said, “I hope to beat the school record in the 200, 400, 4×100 and 4×400, and place at state in all four events. I also plan on continuing my athletic career in college.” Thanks to their outstanding coaches, and hard work athletes will continue to work towards their goals as they make their way to State later in the spring.
In one of their first meets, many of the Wolves placed in the top ten in their individual events. For the girls, senior Ellie Bradach placed 3rd in the 1,200 meter run and senior Kylie Reed also placed 5th in the 1,200 meter run. Junior Sophia Kidder placed 9th in the 1500 meter run, and junior Georgia Kuehn placed 6th in the girl’s pole vault.
For the boys, junior Bailey Renfroe placed 4th in the 1,200 meter run, and sophomore Peter Hess placed 5th in the 1200 meter run. Junior Jason McCleskey placed 2nd in the 60 meter hurdles, and senior Jordan Mack placed 2nd in the high jump. For boys discus, senior Kyle Rappe came in first place, beating the school record. The girls team placed 9th overall and the boys team ended up placing 5th overall.
There are many more meets and local invitations leading up to the region and state meets in May. Be on the lookout for more updated results in the upcoming weeks and be sure to cheer on your running Wolves.