Grinnell/Wheatland JH Track Athletes,
WOW...I can't believe our journey together is complete. We started the track season a few months ago, yet it seems like only yesterday! But...my oh my did we have a great meet! Our Thunderhawk squad 36 PERSONAL BESTS (19 PR's on the girls' side & 14 PR's on the boys' side) as well as 2 School Records (Brooke Bixenman in the Discus and our 4 X 200 team of Kendra Haffner, Faith Tuttle, Carlie Zimmerman, and Haelie Kniesteadt)! Moreover, we had 6 Individual League Champions (Kaleb Holaday - Shot Put, Hannah Waldman - Softball and High Jump, Evan Tustin - 1 Mile Run, Kirsten Zerr - 2 Mile Run, and Haelie Kniesteadt - 100m Dash) and two Relay League Champions (4 X 200 mentioned above and our Medley Team of Brooke Bixenman, Bailey Bixenman, Kendra Haffner, and Lanae Goetz)! In addition, ALL teams placed in the top half (10 total teams) of League! The 8th Grade boys placed 5th (51 points), the 8th Grade girls placed 3rd (95 points), the 6th/7th Girls placed 2nd (105.5 points...only 1/2 point from 1st), and the 6th/7th Grade Boys were LEAGUE CHAMPIONS! What a phenomenal day...what more could I ask for as a coach?!
A big THANK YOU goes out to the parents who helped us with drinks & snacks this season...we truly appreciate it! Also, thanks for all of the cheering and support from family & friends at our meets! Finally, thanks to all of you athletes...you worked hard, dedicated your time and efforts to becoming better, and definitely showed a lot of heart! I know we just finished our season, but I am SUPER excited about next year already!
To our 8th grade class...thank you so much for the leadership you've demonstrated. Your class had set a very high standard for our team in the future as your names are not only on many of the records, but also the reason the underclassmen have had such success this season. You will be missed deeply next season, but I hope to see you all out next year for High School Track!
Again, congrats on a phenomenal season...you guys and ladies are one of the most fun groups I've had the privilege to coach! Enjoy your summer! Coach Mense