An outstanding 2018 Redwood Valley track season came to a close at the state meet, which was held June 8-9.
“Although the results didn’t end up the way the had dreamed, the kids are defined by their total body of work and have futures as bright as can be,” said Andy Regnier, head coach. “All of the kids in the program are working so hard to reach this level, and the three that made it this year should be intensely proud of themselves.”
Tommy Amberg capped off a record setting senior season with a 13th place finish at the meet jumping 41’02.75”.
Of the three attempts, his best jump was a scratch by about 2 inches of his foot, said Regnier.
Logan Josephson gave it his very best and worked all week prior to state with the trainer to try and get an injured hamstring healthy.
“Unfortunately, there just wasn’t enough time for his hamstring to fully heal, and his range of motion just didn’t have time to come back,” said Regnier. “He tried in the 100 prelims on Friday and hobbled through to a 12.01. In the long jump Saturday, he just couldn’t build the speed or extend his feet out on his landing and was unable to make finals, jumping a 19’06.5”.”
According to Regnier Hannah Schjenken came in a bit nervous in the high jump, but after missing her first attempt at 4’10”, she cleared it on her second and then did the same at 5’.
“With a whole host of girls making 5’02,” she just missed that height when her ponytail clipped the bar,” said Regnier. “As a freshman, she’s hungry to get back there for years to come.”
This season sees nine seniors end their careers, including Amberg, Eric Bommersbach, Josephson, Jake Evans, Ethan Whited, Alaina Goblirsch, Sara Heiderscheidt, Hannah Kerkhoff-Elmer and Josi Kodet. Regnier expressed his appreciation for all of their sacrifice and effort over the years.
The track program and community are stronger because of them, he added.
Regnier said he is very proud of them, and is excited to follow their successes down the road.
Of course, Regnier is already focusing on the next track season.
“Our next generation knows that their success next season is dependent upon the work they put in the next nine months, not just in the season,” said Regnier. “Our program is built upon great, hardworking people learning from each other, and the future is bright.”