Last Updated 01/29/2009 06:22 PM
SMAC 2008 Track Season Summary (below)
SMAC 2008 Track Season Summary
Track had a great 2008 season, with 23 girls who gave it their all. Rita
Maricocchi, Abby Cundiff, Alaina Kappner, Alex Schirmer, Claire Williams,
Elise McConnell, Emily Ogden, Hayley Hilberg, Kelly Snider, Mackenzie
Norman, Lauren Walsh, Mary Palmer, Molly Kelsey, Kelly McCabe, Bridget
Clancy, Christina Tefend, Dani Dailey, Katelyn Sussli, Katrina Maricocchi,
Kelly Martin, Lanie Ryan, Emily Hunt, and Josie O’Connel each kept the
SMAC traditions alive as they worked hard and soared to great heights this
started off the season with lots of fun, but we were ready to put it all on
the line when it was time to get serious.
was the first meet of the year, and everything was nice and wet; that meant
no high jump or long jump. This was also the girls first public meet, with
spikes, starter blocks and hurdles. SMAC scored 2nd place with
73 points. (We don’t exactly know how much Loveland got because they
combined all Loveland A, B, and C team scores to get 165 points.)
saw some more tough competition, this was another public school meet. SMAC
came in on their home turf at Loveland track, without spikes or starter
blocks- but armed with blankets and team spirit and we managed to get 5th
out of 15 with 35 points.
St. James Invitational
SMAC worked harder and continued to set the bar higher, we grew not only in
physical strength, but also emotional toughness. We went in with are heads
held high, gave it our all, and came out with a 3rd place.
was an unusual meet, not only because there was no team scoring, but also
because SMAC was hosting it!! With jelly legs from running to and fro,
sunburn, and sore joints; it was all worth it in the end because SMAC ran
the smoothest meet of the season. But lets not forget- we also had a singer
for the National Anthem: Kelly Snider! Even though the West beat the East,
the East picked up the slack and was extremely close in points to the
West… Let’s see if we can beat them next year!
is SMAC without bad weather? Since it was wet and extremely cold, the girls
decided to turn up the heat! Without field events, many girls surprised
themselves at how well they did in other running events that they normally
did not do. The girls worked hard and came away with a second. But listen
to this; they only missed first by one point!
Queen of Peace
SMAC girls really showed their team unity and pride in this meet to welcome
back Katelyn Sussli, a runner who was out due to an injury, and who also
served as assistant coach for half of the SMAC season. But with good news,
there is also bad news. This was a send-off meet to all of the St. Columban
8th graders, who were not going to be physically present at the
championship meet. This meet really showed how dedicated the girls were.
The SMACers walked home with a 6th place and a smile on their
CYO City Championship
it was the younger SMACers time to shine. First, we had Abby Cundiff snatch
first away from Olivia Jester in the 100 meter dash. Then, we had the new
4x400 team break the CYO record (St. James just broke it even more…) And
finally, we had Kelly Martin step up to take the position of honorary
captain in the absence of Dani, Katelyn and Katrina. We SMACers made
everyone proud by earning a 3rd place with 46 points and for all
of the effort everyone put into the season.
that’s just the meets… not all of track is gut-grinding work. What
about Buffalo Wild Wings at one in the morning to celebrate, or goofy relay
races complete with bear-crawls and somersaults? Or what about all of the
strength, motivation, and courage shown on March 18th at Symmes
Park? To wrap the season up before the 8th graders left, we had
one last event; The SMAC-a-thon. At this fun meet, all of the SMACers were
divided into 3 teams and had to choose four events that they did not
usually do in meets- and what a blast that was!
the end- it’s neat to see how we have all grown stronger as a team and as
friends. Thank you to all of the people who made this season wonderful, and
we look forward to many more great seasons to come.
SMAC Running Club, Loveland, Ohio
Comments or problems
can be sent to Dave Prenger