Astros Hungry to Recapture the Crown


Nadia Amoah, Starr reporter

Each team and each sport at Shepard have things that make them unique but track stands out so many different facets it is truly different from most team sports. “Shepard track is unique because we have so many different types of athlete care together because there are 18 events in track and field” explained head coach Scot Rybarczyk

Also somewhat unique is the recent success the girls have enjoyed. “We have won six conference championships from 2012 to 2017,” said rybarczyk we took second In 2018 and are hungry to get back on top.

The team has already has a number of highlights already this season at.At one of the meets the John Burroughs Meet the team got third out of 12 Teams Donnie Betts set a new school record in the 100 meter hurdles 16.52 Nicole Walsh throws over the state qualifying distance in Discus which was 119’4” Nicole Walsh sets a NEW school record in Javelin which is the (1st time in school history the Javelin was thrown) 70’4”

The top sprinters  are Nikki Carter, Chloe Dunigan, Donnie Betts, Aniyah Mason.

The top distance runners are Jess Crowe, Madzia Myrda, Kate McGovern, Saniah Calvin, Roxy Habbal, and Nyonna Green.

Shepard’s top field event athletes are Nicole Walsh (throws), Brianna Sweas (throws), Celestte Velazquez (throws), Mariah Lynch (jumps), Janetta Flowers (jumps), Riley Lyons (pole vault)

“Riley Lyons (Pole Vault) & Nicole Walsh (Discus) have put a lot of hard work into their craft throughout the off season and this season. It’s awesome to see them vaulting and throwing at a state qualifying height and distance. This end stretch of the season should be fun to watch! Freshmen Chloe Dunigan has been a great addition to our Lady Astros Track Team this season. I love the way Chloe goes about her business on the track and off. Special things are ahead for this young lady,” said Rybarczyk.

We took second in 2018 and are hungry to get back on top. Best Chance for state qualifiers are Nicole Walsh in Discus, Riley Lyons in Pole Vault, and Donnie Betts in Hurdles.  We will see what we have this outdoor season and hopefully get some Relays down there was well. The girls have put a lot of time into this track thing that we do,he can’t wait to see them shine down the stretch.

Shepard track definitely has some hard hitters for this season and will continue to grow in the years to come.