Track stars run circles around competition

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Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose Marian track athletes huddle up before their races. The team values friendship just as much as winning. photo by marykiscoan

Out of the 38 girls on the 2016 Track and Field Team, two seniors stand alone. Seniors Mary Kiscoan and Emmy Witzenburg made the decision to run this year despite knowing that many of their fellow classmates would not.

“I knew that it was just going to be two of us this year, but I didn’t mind because I love track. I really enjoy having something to do after school,” Witzenberg said.

Both Kiscoan and Witzenberg say they enjoy running track because of the team atmosphere. “I love the environment at track meets and practice. Since I’m one of the only seniors, my team pushes me to be the best ‘track mom’ I could possibly be.
Running, for me, is a great stress reliever, and t’seven better when I’m surrounded by underclassmen who enjoy it as much as I do,” Kiscoan said.

As seniors, the two act as big sisters to the team, carrying many responsibilities on their backs … or their spikes for that matter. “It was really important to us to build a team atmosphere because it’s such an individual sport. We planned team bonding activities like team dinners where we played games together,” Witzenberg said.

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Racing for the finish Lucy Boever ’17 sprints toward the finish line in the 400m at the Benson invite. photo by marykiscoan

Head Coach Mr. Greg Polka was happy to see the seniors come back for another year and work with the juniors to lead the team. “The seniors are wonderful people and add to the flavor of the team. The juniors have stepped up with the seniors to take ownership of the team. It was neat to see the seniors recognize the juniors as leaders and to work in tandem with them,” Golka said.

Kiscoan and Witzenberg are con dent leaving the team in the hands of the juniors next year. “I am really proud of everything the underclassmen have achieved this year. The juniors showed great leadership qualities this year, and I know they will only continue it next year,” Kiscoan said.

The Track and Field Team has had a successful season, placing third at the Omaha North Invite and fourth at the Omaha Central Invite. District Track was on May 11 and State Track is May 20-21.

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