New Haven High School’s Track and Field varsity girls team received a state championship last year. This year, they are hoping to receive that title again.
Mr. Hagedorn, assistant coach, had this to say, “Whether we win a state championship is going to boil down to if we are healthy or not. Right now there are injuries that would prevent a few of the girls from doing their best. Emma [Engelbrecht] and Lauren [Gerlemann] have not been able to jump as much this year because the pounding makes their injuries worse.”
When asked about how he thought the girls would do this year, Mr Tucker said this, “We are about at the same place we were last year. I hope to do better at state. We can take more people in more events this year-- so that might make us ‘better.’ We just haven’t had as many track meets this year due to weather.”
All of these athletes have put in a lot of time and effort to reach their goal again, and we all hope that they will reach beyond their expectations.
“Until the Hermann meet, it was frustrating,” Mr. Tucker commented. “The athletes were working hard-- the weather played a big role though. At Hermann the weather was warming, which affected the times, making them much better, and we looked like a real team.”
He continued: “The athletes have worked hard during practice. The rain and cold weather have hindered practice. Practice has been hard, but not because of [the athletes]-- they are doing great.”
“I hope to repeat last year, with more state championships. We have a lot of strong runners, throwers, and jumpers that I am confident in to get the job done,” Mackenzie Bauer, senior, stated.
Senior Emma Engelbrecht had this to add, “You feel like you have a target on your back and there is definitely more pressure to perform now that people know what you are capable of. You can no longer fly under the radar, everyone is watching and preparing for you.”
Mackenzie Bauer participates in the 4X100, 4X200, and 4X400. She ran these events last year as well. She commented, “My ultimate goal is to win all [of my events], but in reality, as long as we all run our absolute hardest, I will be happy and thankful for my team.”
Emma Engelbrecht participates in the long jump, triple jump, 4x200 relay, and 4x400 relay. Emma had this to say when asked how she thought she would do, “I am seeded decent in each of [my events] as of now, but I need to perform my best the day of in order to live up to the rankings.”
To get better and increase their chances of receiving another state championship, the ladies need to continue “practicing and training every day,” as Mackenzie said.
These ladies have worked hard to become the strong athletes they are today. Each one of them has put in the time and effort to try and achieve their goal of being state champs two years in a row.
On behalf of all of New Haven, I would like to wish these ladies good luck at Districts and good luck at State. If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything you want. And as Mr. Tucker said, “We are going to be a hard team to beat.”