The Clintonville High School track teams held their season-ending banquet on Tuesday, June 7.
All-Conference distinction athletes were recognized, including the first team girls 4x800m relay of Samantha Hohn, Sara Messner, Ana Huber, Nicole Hanson. Also earning first team honors was the Dominic Masiarchin in the boys 400m dash.
Second Team All-Conference honors went to Bethany Schmude, girls shot put; Kyle Petermann, boys discus; Carmen Johnson, girls high jump; Nicole Hanson, girls pole vault; Karena Schroeder, girls long jump; Dominic Masiarchin, boys 100m dash; AJ Russell, boys long jump; and AJ Russell, boys triple jump.
Third Team All-Conference recognition was earned by Markiesa Westphal, girls shot put; Nicole Hanson, girls 800m run; Lauren Pugh, girls 100m hurdles; Tyler Sawall, boys 800m run; Tyler Sawall, boys 3,200m run; and Trenten Gauthier, boys 300m intermediate hurdles.
The boys regional championship team was recognized, along with the following state qualifiers: Markiesa Westphal, shot put; Trenten Gauthier, 110m high hurdles; Dominic Masiarchin, 100m dash; Nicole Hanson, pole vault; the boys 4x800m relay team; the girls 4x800m relay team; the boys 4x100m relay team and the boys 4x200m relay team.
The four school record breakers were recognized, including: Kyle Petermann, discus; Samantha Hohn, 3,200m run; girls 4x800m relay: Sam Hohn, Sara Messner, Ana Huber and Nicole Hanson; boys 4x200m relay: Trenten Gauthier, Dominic Masiarchin, Cody Zuehl and AJ Russell.
Captains pins were presented to Karena Schroeder, Erin Peeters, Kyle Petermann, Tyler Sawall and Nicole Hanson. Varsity Letter winners and JV participants were read off and awarded the corresponding certificate. Coach’s awards were presented to Lauren Pugh, Erin Peeters, Kyle Wied, and Colin Moon. MVP Runner awards went to Dominic Masiarchin and Nicole Hanson. MVP Field event athlete awards went to Karena Schroeder and Kyle Petermann.
Seniors Kraig Knaup, Cody Zuehl, Colin Moon , Kyle Weid, Angel Callaway, Bethany Schmude, Erin Peeters, Nicole Hanson and Karena Schroeder were wished best of luck for their futures. Special recognition was given to Erin Peeters, Karena Schroeder, Nicole Hanson and Cody Zuehl as having been four year varsity letter winners in the sport.
Head Coach Kevin Reese concluded the banquet with the announcing of his resignation. He pointed out several career highlights in which he was an assistant (throws) coach for four years and then spent the last five as head couch. During the past five years the program has sent four, eight, seven, 10 and eight athletes to the state meet. Prior to Reese’s tenure, sending one or two to state was termed as “newsworthy”.
Reese pointed out several regional championships in recent years as well as a rise to respectability in the conference in team standings as opposed to the earlier years of his coaching career when Clintonville’s track team was a bit of a laughing stock among conference. During his tenure as head coach almost half of the school’s records (17 of 36) have fallen with several them multiple times-sometimes by the same athlete, sometimes by multiple athletes.
An additional five records were broken while he was an assistant coach. He credited his quality assistant coaches and a great run of talent, combined with hard work by all involved for the turnaround of the program. He feels that the program is headed in the right direction and can continue to rise under the guidance of his replacement. Coach Reese is stepping away to start “his own team”, with the arrival of his first child in November and thanked the parents and athletes for their support and memories over the last nine seasons.