The Salute to Seniors series takes a look at seniors from spring sports teams that were unable to play this spring due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The latest submission comes from the Chi-Hi girls track and field program and coach Becky Nette.
Seniors Marnie Barth, Aisha Browman, Kaitlyn Buckli, Nadia Detlaff, Emma Eslinger, Kaylee Launderville, Mahryn Leibrandt, Aaliyah McMillan, Alexa Mercier, Theresa Nichols and Alycea Vranish were set for their final prep sports season this spring.
Barth was a four-year competitor for the program with a primary focus on the mid-distance races. Browman competed for the Cardinals for three seasons mainly as a sprinter while dabbling in some field events.
Buckli ran in the program for four years and was voted most improved last year as a part of the sprints and relays and received the Marine Corps’ Most Distinguished Athlete from the Athletic and Activities Department. Detlaff was a three-year letterwinner with a focus on pole vault where she broke the junior pole vault record, finished as a second team All-Big Rivers Conference competitor and won a Division 1 regional championship in the event.
Eslinger ran with the program for four years as a mid-distance competitor and Launderville was also a four-year competitor, focusing on sprint events. Nette credited Eslinger and Launderville for their hard work and eagerness to cheer on teammates.
Leibrandt was a two-year competitor for the Cardinals and competed last year coming off surgery and McMillan was a four-year letterwinner and showcased her versatility by competing in hurdles, high jumps, relays and sprints and just missed on qualifying for state in the jump as a sophomore.
Mercier is a four-year athlete for the Cardinals as a part of the sprinting crew and short relays while Nichols was a four-year competitor as a sprinter, earning three varsity letters.
Vranish has been a part of the program for two years as a thrower and Nette credited her for making strong gains in those events.
“To all the seniors, it has been an honor being your head coach all four years of your high school career,” Nette said. “I know his is not the way you wanted to end your senior year but I want you to remember all the memories you created that will stick with you for a lifetime.
“Looking back through your career, you will remember all those people that made an impact on you — it might be a coach, a friend, a teacher, a teammate, a family member or an athlete from another team. I hope you learned as much from us coaches as we learned from you. We wish you nothing but the best in your futures. Always remember, you will always be a part of our Cardinal family.”
Any coaches that want more information or to submit information on their team’s seniors, reach out to Brandon Berg (email@example.com).
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