Girls Track & Field
The girls track team navigated through its season with a mixture of freshmen and upperclassmen, and the group was able to work through adversity to deliver outstanding performances at the end of the season. This was capped by junior Emily Sonderman and freshman Ashley Flick qualifying for the state meet.
Sonderman and Flick shared team MVP honors. Sonderman qualified for the state meet in the 400 meters for the second straight season. She earned 15th place with a time of 57.802, which places her second on the program’s all-time top five for the 400 meters. Flick qualified for state in the 1600 meters after running a personal-best 5:16.04 in the regional, which is the second-fastest time in program history. Flick finished 22nd in the state meet. Sonderman (long jump) and Flick (800 meters) each regional-qualified for a second individual event and the 4X400 relay, in addition to the events in which they state qualified.
The duo was joined at the regional by junior pole vaulter Addy Hill, who tied her personal best with a vault of 9’0”, and all three relays (4X100, 4X400, 4X800). The 4X400 relay team of Sonderman, Flick and freshmen Carlie Young and Livia Ianni narrowly missed qualifying for state with a fourth-place regional finish. At the sectional, the group ran a 4:07.56, which is the second-fastest time in program history. During the regular season, Sonderman won Circle City Conference titles in the 400 meters and the long jump and Hill won a conference title in the pole vault.
Senior Carlie Schultheis earned the team’s mental attitude award. Schultheis and senior Katie Minton were named academic all-state by the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association (ICGSA). Seniors Anna Bauer, Nellie Nnatubeugo, Emily Papandria and Valerie Workman were all chosen honorable mention academic all-state by the ICGSA .