4/8/2020 2:36:00 PM 2020: The season that never was The coaches of the Jennings County High School boys and girls track teams asked their seniors to talk about their favorite memories of being on the teams. Spring sports this year were cancelled because of the state's Stay at Home order to reduce the spread of coronavirus, which causes the COVID-19 disease.
Meet the senior girls
Compiled by Coach Leah McLeod JCHS Girls Track & Field
Izzy is a four-year member of the team and is planning to attend Wil-mington College to study animal science and equine business management.
Favorite memory: Winning the 300 hurdles at the 2019 HHC Cham-pionships to earn ALL Conference Honors after an ankle injury
What I'll miss most: I will always miss looking up in the stands and seeing my mom and grandma cheering me on and always making them proud!
Favorite teacher: Mr. Day, because he has always been there for me since my freshman year. He has always helped me and talked me through things about life.
A first-year member of the team, Cassidy plans to attend Ball State Univer-sity, where she will study zoology.
Favorite memory: Dancing in the weight room after practice
What I'll miss most: The fun atmosphere and bettering myself.
Role model: Mr. Smith
Favorite teacher: Mr. Smith, because not only is he my homeroom teacher, he is always there to listen to me when I had tea and stuff to complain about. He also gives good advice and helped in some really rough parts of my life.
Baylee has been on the team for three years. She plans to attend Purdue Northwest, where she hopes to coninue her soccer career and study biological health science (physical therapy).
Favorite memory: Win-ning back-to-back sectionals in 2018 and 2019.
What I'll miss most: I will miss running with the distance crew.
Favorite teacher: Mrs. Wathen. She has taught me so much throughout high school, as well as putting in extra time to help me with anything inside and outside of school. She cares so much about her students and would do anything in her power to do what is best for them and their learning style. She is truly the kindest person and puts others before herself.
Christina ran on the team for one year. She plans to attend Vincennes University, where she will study criminal justice and psychology.
Favorite memory: The thrower crew dancing after track practice.
What I'll miss most: The fact this was my first and last year, and I never got to participate in an actual meet
Favorite teacher: I have two. The first would have to be Mrs. Bezy for always being there for me and listening to all my drama. She always gives me great advice. My second favorite teacher is Mrs. Conrad.
Emma is a four-year member of the team. She plans to attends Purdue University, where she will study elementary education and special education.
Favorite memory: My favorite memory is going on long runs with my best friend, Ashley Heindel, or when the whole distance team ran together.
What I'll miss most: All the friendships I have made and working with my teammates everyday.
Favorite teacher: Stacy Patterson. She always took time to sit with me and explain things I didn't understand. She would tell me that I was strong and capable to learn, and really taught me how to be myself. I am beyond thankful for her.
Emily also is a four-year member of the team. She plans to attend Indi-ana University, but is undecided about her major.
Favorite memory: I was really excited to start hurdling my junior year. I also enjoy my long runs with the distance crew.
What I'll miss most: I will miss hurdling and spending time in the weight room with my friends.
Favorite teacher: Mrs. Jackson, because she invests in her students personally and academically.
Mia also is a four-year member of the track and field team. She plans to attend IU Southeast to study psychology.
Favorite memory: My favorite memory is when my best friend, Halle Stearns, broke the pole vault record. That was an amazing meet.
What I'll miss most: I will miss competing with my best friend Halle. I really wanted to break her record this year. Favorite teacher: Mr. Stidam. He isn't just a teacher, he is a friend outside of school.
This was Natalie's second year on the track and field team. She plans to attend Ivy Tech, where she will study criminal justice.
Favorite memory: Throwing discs in the pouring rain. I will miss how unique we are from the rest of the team.
Favorite teacher: Mr. Smith, because he is patient and understanding with his students.
Halley has been on the team for four years. She plans to attend Indiana University and study biology and pyschology.
Favorite memory: Breaking the school record in pole vault.
What I'll miss most: Being able to get better and learning new ways to improve every day with my best friend Mia by my side.
A four-year team member, Jena plans to attend Purdue University, where she will study animal science, with a concentration in pre-veterinary medicin.
Favorite memory: Parti-cipating in the Big Blue Invitational.
Favorite teacher: Mrs. Hill, because she's very caring, helpful and intelligent!
A three-year member of the team, who served as team manager her freshman year, Mackenzie plans to attend IUPUC to study nursing.
Favorite memory: My favorite memory is winning back-to-back sectionals. I will also always remember my coaches giving me pep talks to calm me down when I was nervous.
What I'll miss most: I will miss my teammates. I will also miss running up to Coach McLeod and Coach Corya with my thumbs up after I set a new personal record.
Favorite teacher: Mr. Morrison, because he was a good teacher and was always there when I needed to talk or get advice.
Meet the senior boys
Compiled by Coach Bill Ludwig JCHS Boys Track & Field
Jared would have been a four-year varsity letter winner in sprints and jumps. He was a key member of the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams and the team's top high jumper.
After spending most of his career as a 400-meter dash competitor, we moved him into the 100 late in the 2019 season, an event in which he performed very well, placing in the sectional. He showed potential in early season practices and we were expecting to see an outstanding season from him in the 100 and 200, as well as the high jump.
Jason was a four-year member of the team as a distance runner. His best success came in the 800.
He was a member of the sectional champion 4x800 relay team in 2018 and '19. Those teams placed fifth (2018) and fourth (2019) in the regionals, and have the sixth (2019) and eighth (2018) best times in school history. We were expecting another strong 4x800 relay team in 2020 with hopes of becoming the first boys' relay team to qualify for the state finals.
Mika was an exchange student from Germany who worked extremely hard in the preseason and early season workouts.
He showed himself to be a very explosive athlete who would have had an outstanding season for us in the sprints (100, 200 or 400) as well as the jumping events.
He told me one day after a preseason workout that his goal was to break our school record in the long jump. I will miss not seeing him have a chance to try to do that.
Carter would have been a four-year varsity letter winner in the distance running events. He was our team's most valuable athlete in 2019 after winning the Hoosier Hills Conference 3200, with the sixth best time for JCHS, and the sectional 1600.
He placed in the regional 3200 as a freshman (sixth), a sophomore (fifth), and a junior (sixth). He was All-HHC Honorable Mention as a freshman and sophomore; 2020 was a season where we were expecting him to become a state qualifier in either the 1600 or 3200 - or possibly both.
Aaron came out for track and field for the first time last season. After we tried him in several running events, we decided to let him become a full-time thrower.
That proved to be a good move, as Aaron won the sectional championship in the discus with the 10th best throw in school history. He placed sixth in the regional, and just missed qualifying for the state finals by 2 inches.
We were looking forward to an even better 2020 in the discus, with a state finals appearance as a definite goal.
We were also looking forward to seeing great improvement from Aaron in the shot put.
Levi would have been a three-year varsity letter winner as a hurdler. He ran both the 110 high hurdles and the 300 intermediate hurdles.
In the 2019 sectional, he placed fourth in the high Xhurdles and seventh in the intermediate hurdles. He was seventh in the 2018 section in the intermediate hurdles.
We were looking forward to continued success for Levi in the hurdle events, as he would have been a key member of our 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams.
This 2020 season would have been Richard's third year on the team as a thrower. He was a hard worker who showed a positive attitude and was very supportive of his teammates. We were looking forward to seeing improving marks for Richard in the discus and shot put.
This would have been his third year on the team as a distance runner.
Jenn had a cheerful, positive spirit and was willing to help the team in any way that he could, often helping with little tasks without being asked. We were looking for Jenn to find a varsity spot on our strong distance team.
A.J. was a four-year member of the team and would have won his third varsity letter in 2020 as a distance runner.
He was a member of the 2019 sectional champion 4 x 800 relay team that has the sixth best time in school history. In 2018 A.J. placed third in the sectional 1600 and eighth in the regional 1600. He earned Academic All-State honors in 2019 from the Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches and we will be nominating him again for 2020.
Our hopes were for another strong season in the 1600 and 4x800 in 2020.
Brantley was in his first year on the team. A strong young man, we were looking forward to seeing what he could do in the discus and shot put.