W-M track roars back into action

By: 
Theo Tate

Wellsville-Middletown junior Isaac Seabaugh competes in the 3,200-meter relay at the Montgomery County Early Invite on March 23. THEO TATE PHOTO

The Wellsville-Middletown track team had reason to be excited when it competed in the Montgomery County Early Invite on March 23.

The Tigers finally got to participate in a meet after missing all of last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We were so excited to be able to have a season,” W-M coach John Slovensky said. “That was the main thing. We were looking forward to last year. But when that didn’t happen, it was a pretty big letdown.”

With a combined 23 athletes, W-M is looking to turn in strong seasons in both boys and girls divisions in 2021. The Tigers have 14 boys and nine girls.

“Our teams have responded by increasing their size,” Slovensky said. “We have a bigger girls team and a bigger boys team than we had for a couple of years. They’re out and they’re ready to try to do something.”

W-M finished with medals in four events at the MCHS Early Invite. The Tigers finished eighth with 27 points in the boys division and ninth with 26 points in the girls division.

“We’re happy to be able to compete again and this is our starting point,” Slovensky said. “Now, we have to just keep getting faster and faster.”

The boys team includes seniors Jacob Hollensteiner and Jamal Mahaney, juniors Isaac Seabaugh, Keaton Mayes, Layne Norris and Jason Hollensteiner and sophomores Lucas Moore, C.J. Curd and Jacob Mandrell.

Seabaugh won the 800 at the MCHS meet for his first championship of his high school track career.

“It was very fantastic,” Slovensky said.

Seabaugh also helped the 3,200 relay team — which included Norris, Mayes and Jacob Hollensteiner — place third.

Mahaney, Curd, Mayes, Mandrell and Moore will be among the athletes who will help contribute in the sprint events.

“Our sprinters are mostly boys who were on the basketball team, which had a really long season,” Slovensky said. “So they haven’t been able to practice with us too much and they’re actually really sore right now. We have a lot of quads that are bothering them. Most of our fastest boys tonight (at the MCHS meet) had to hold back because they’re kind of on the verge of an injury.”

Freshman Bethany Slovensky — the coach’s daughter — was the top performer for the W-M girls team in the MCHS meet, earning third-place medals in the 100-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles and coming in seventh in the triple jump.

Freshmen Jenelle Boeckelman, Jordan Forir, Meagan Cripe, sophomore Molly Scott and senior Elizabeth Jefferson are among the other members on the girls team.

 

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