BY PETE MOHR | MAY 19, 2011

Track qualified 19 of 80 athletes for State Championships to end 2011 successful season

Senior Joree Schneider, junior Jenny Gormley receive “Most Valuable Athlete” honors

track team award winnersTeam Award winners (front, l-r) freshman McKenna Groh, “Rookie of the Year,” senior Rebecca Wilbanks, “Team Leadership,” freshman Kristen DiCicco, “Most Improved,” (back, l&r) Connor Henry and Chris Noell, both “Team Leadership.” Not available for photo: senior Gunnar Black, “Rookie of the Year,” senior Will Bowers, “Most Improved,” senior Kelsey Easterbrook, “Team Leadership.”

CSHS – Track rostered 80 athletes this spring, but these 80 (“against all odds,” as Head Coach Geoff Johnson praised them to Sonoran News at his team’s awards event, Monday evening, May 16) sent 19 qualifiers to the Division 2 State Championships, May 11-14, at Mesa Community College’s Briggs Stadium (List at right).

At the awards event, Coach Johnson ended yet another successful season by announcing the following Team Awards:

“Most Valuable Athletes” – senior Joree Schneider, junior Jenny Gormley
“Team Leadership” – seniors Rebecca Wilbanks, Kelsey Easterbrook, Chris Noell, Connor Henry
“Most Improved” – Senior Will Bowers, freshman Kristen DiCicco
“Rookie of the Year” – Senior Gunnar Black, freshman McKenna Groh

Coach Johnson also recognized sophomore high hurdler Preston Holding and junior pole vaulter Maya Erler who set new CSHS marks in their respective events, the only two records posted in the 2011 season.

Congratulations to Coach Johnson, his assistant coaches and every Track athlete on continuing their traditions of spirit, commitment and team camaraderie.

track and coachesAssistant Coaches (l-r) Jerry Cumberland (sprints, hurdles), Mike Markham (pole vault) Head Coach Geoff Johnson, Luke Sullivan (throws), Amy Rouse (jumps) are cheering on MVPs Joree Schneider and Jenny Gormley at May 16 awards evening. Not available for photo: Alex Devine (jumps)

Photos by Pete Mohr