Charger nation heads to State
The track season is closing, with state coming up at the end of the month. ACC has many superb athletes with more than a dozen hopefuls looking to qualify for state. The state finals are being held in Charleston, IL. The girls’ meet goes from May 16-18. The boys’ side of the program competes the week after May 23-25.
Leading up to such a large competition were some key meets including county, conference, and sectionals. Both teams have been competing well and preparing their athletes for competition with the best of the best. The Charger nation’s men competed at the county meet on May 3rd. Returning state qualifier Joe Fese ran 11.4 seconds in the 100m dash. Returning state runner in both cross country and track is Matt Meyers, who placed 3rd in the 800 with the time of 2.01 minutes, and broke his own record in the one mile with the time of 4 minutes, 27.1 seconds. Patrick Lefevre was the county champion in the 110m high hurdles. The 4x100 relay team ran 44 seconds with Zach Flint leading off, to Patrick Lefevre, to Connor Robinson, and finally to Joe Fese. In the freshman/sophomore medley relay, the team also medaled, with top newcomers and underclassmen leading the way. Other athletes to recognize are Simon LaFromboise in the pole vault and Joey Perez in the jumps.
Small but mighty, the Lady Chargers had their conference meet Wednesday, May 1 in the scorching heat. With only 15 athletes competing, they took 4th overall. Returning state runner and medal holder Lisa Rodriguez placed 2nd in the 100 and 1st in the 200m. After an exciting win at the county meet where she set the ACC school record for the 800, freshman Karina Liz won the 800 in record time. Jenna Koerner ran the 1600 to place 4th. In the field events Emily Zeigler placed in the top 6 to become all-conference in the triple jump after breaking the school record twice already this year. Jenna Cebulski, Katie Martner, and Sinead Fillip threw hard in the shot put and discus, with freshman Cebulski becoming all conference. The 4x400m relay came in 3rd, breaking the school record. Other athletes to recognize are Rachel Rahn, Ceci Crown, Anneke Niles, Stephanie Hall, Cynthia Elizondo, Corrine Groom, Annabel Engelhardt, and Shannon Vogt.
The Charger nation has had a successful season. They had their ups and downs (only a few downs though). Good luck at the final meets and at state!