Track students celebrate at end-of-season banquet


Members of the track team show off awards their awards. (Photo: Ellis)

Members of the track team show off their awards. (Photo: Ellis)

At the end of every sport, the coaches honor the athletes with a banquet.

The track and field banquet was held Wednesday, May 8.  They served dinner, with an option of chicken or pork and coleslaw.

The track banquet went off without a hitch, and the athletes were excited to receive their personal awards and see their teammates again.

“I missed all my track family, [and] I was excited to see them again,” said freshman Desiree Ferber.

“I like that they gave out special awards,” said sophomore Cheyenne Biggs. “I got top sprinter, [and] I got seven ribbons.”

For some athletes, this was the first varsity letter they have received.

“I lettered,” said freshman Darian Blangeard.

“[I] just got a letter and a pin, but that was enough, and I was totally excited,” said Ferber.

At the end of the night, girls’ coach Robert Thompson and boys’ coach Anthony Branch delivered speeches about the graduating seniors.

“I felt that [the speeches] were heartwarming. I wish the seniors good luck in college,” said Biggs.

“[The speeches] were adorable. Coach Branch most definitely won in terms of tearjerker,” said Blangeard.

“The speeches were sweet. This track team really is like a family,” said Ferber.

The track banquet is always a bittersweet event for the athletes, causing them to reevaluate the past track season and look forward to the next one.

“I feel like the season went really well compared to the past few years. We had a successful team,” said Biggs. “My goal is to beat my PR [personal record] for the 4×1 relay and go to regionals. I want my form to get better and to push  Taylor Christian for her senior year.”

“I think the season went pretty well. I improved a lot,” said Ferber. “My goal for next year is to get a 6:30 mile.”

“This season was amazing. I want to make the top four for sprinting next year,” said Blangeard.

This year junior Matt Giardino and senior Josh Riemer went to states, and next year the team hopes to have even more success.