St. Patrick's Track and Field enjoys historic 2019 season

June 7, 2019

 

The Boys and Girls Shamrock Track and Field teams really had an exceptional season this year, with many School Records being broken and a new State Champion being crowned at St. Patrick's. 

 

Portland St. Patrick Varsity Track Season Highlights

 

Boys:

- 3rd place finishes at the Webberville Invitational and Portland Invitational

- Paul Cook named Athlete of the Meet for the Portland Invitational

 

- All-Region (8 honors)

 

     Paul Cook

     - 300 hurdles – Regional Champion

     - 110 hurdles

     - 4x400

 

     John Schneider

     - 300 hurdles

     - 110 hurdles

     - 4x400

 

     Tyler Coyne

     - 4x400

 

     Ned Smith

     - 4x400

 

- All-CMAC (3 honors)

 

     Paul Cook

     - 300 hurdles – 1st team

     - 110 hurdles – Honorable Mention

 

     John Schneider

     - 300 hurdles – Honorable Mention

 

- Lansing Honor Roll (top athletes in the area regardless of MHSAA Division)

 

     Paul Cook

     - 300 hurdles – 7th place medal

 

- State Meet

 

     Paul Cook

     - 300 hurdles – 12th place

 

- School Records

 

     Paul Cook – 300 hurdles (41.67)

     4x400 – John Schneider, Tyler Coyne, Ned Smith, Paul Cook (3:41.79)

 

 

Girls:

- 1st place finish at the Webberville Invitational

- Annie Gunderman named Athlete of the Meet for the Webberville Invitational and Portland Invitational

- 4th place team finish at Regionals

- 11th place team finish at the State Meet

 

- All-Region (17 honors)

 

     Annie Gunderman

     - 400 – Regional Champion

     - 200

     - 4x400

     - 4x200

  

     Leah Cook

     - Long Jump – Regional Champion

     - 400 – Runner-up

     - 4x400

     - 4x200

 

     Jenna Pung

     - 300 hurdles

     - 4x200

     - 4x400

 

     Tessa Lawson

     - 4x200

     - 4x800

  

     Marlie Bengel

     - 4x400

  

     Veronica White

     - 4x800

  

     Leah Kissane

     - 4x800

  

     Cordelia FoxElster

     - 4x800

   

-All-CMAC (15 honors)

   

     Annie Gunderman

     - 400 – 2nd team

     - 4x200, 4x400 & 4x800 – Honorable Mention

 

     Leah Cook

     - Long Jump – 2nd team

     - 400, 4x200, 4x400 – Honorable Mention

 

     Jenna Pung

    - 4x200, 4x400 – Honorable Mention

 

     Tessa Lawson

     - 4x200, 4x800 – Honorable Mention

 

     Veronica White

     - 4x800 Honorable Mention

  

     Leah Kissane

     - 4x800 Honorable Mention

 

     Marlie Bengel

     - 4x400 Honorable Mention

 

- Lansing Honor Roll

 

     Annie Gunderman

     - 400 – 3rd place medal

     - 4x400 – 6th place medal

 

     Leah Cook

     - 400 – 7th place medal

     - 4x400 – 6th place medal

 

     Jenna Pung

     - 4x400 – 6th place medal

 

     Marlie Bengel

     - 4x400 – 6th place medal

 

- Academic Honor Roll (3.5 GPA or higher and meeting the meet qualifying standard in at least one event)

 

     Annie Gunderman

     Leah Cook

     Jenna Pung

     Veronica White

     Leah Kissane

     Marlie Bengel

 

- State Meet

 

     Annie Gunderman

     - 400 – State Champion

     - 200 – All-State 6th place

     - 4x400 – 9th place

 

     Leah Cook

     - 400 – All-State 6th place

     - Long Jump – 11th place

     - 4x400 – 9th place

 

     Jenna Pung

     - 4x400 – 9th  place

 

     Marlie Bengel

     - 4x400 – 9th  place

 

- Academic All-State (Top 8 with a 3.5 GPA or higher; or competing in any event with a 4.0 GPA)

 

     Annie Gunderman (400 & 200) & Leah Cook (400, LJ & 4x400)

 

School Records

 

- Annie Gunderman - 800 (2:26.89)

 

 -Leah Kissane, Tessa Lawson, Veronica White, Annie Gunderman - 4x800 (10:53.91)

 

Coach Dawn Fedewa was thrilled with her athletes hard work paying off. 

 

On Annie Gunderman: "Since Annie’s freshman year when she finished 9th in the 400, her goal has been to finish as State Champion.  Through a tough day of delays, she was able to maintain her composure and rely on her faith, mental toughness and support of her teammates. Annie ran the race perfectly, controlling what she was able to control and with that was able to fulfill her goal.  Reaching her goal and being able to share the podium with her teammate, Leah Cook, was the best possible ending to an outstanding high school career." 

 

On the Team: “This year’s team had a level of maturity and cohesiveness that allowed them to continually improve and excel.  Their trust in their God-given talents partnered with constant support from their teammates set them up to exceed expectations for the season.  Throughout the season, they took tough situations and conditions, often praying for strength and perseverance, and turned them into an opportunity for success.  The quote on this year’s team shirt from 2 Chronicles 15:7 summed up the team perfectly, “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.”  And rewarded this team was, bringing home 142 medals, including numerous all-area, league, region and state honors over the course of the season.”

 

Photos courtesy of Carol Gunderman.

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