Byron boys track and field team celebrate taking second in sub-sections. Photos submitted
By Nick Pocius
The end of year has come for some in the Byron Boys Track and Field program. The season was a complete success with many individuals lettering in the sport for a first time and other being recognized for their success over the previous season. Below is the list of letter winner's for the 2014 Track and Field season:
8th Grade-Micheal Coble
9th Grade-Perrin Barber
10th Grade-Artun Kadaster, Jacob Oberle, Micah Christofferson, Jens Knutson, Cam Slowinski, Nate Peterson, Noah Schatzel, Spencer Waldermar, Jonte Douglas, Alex Laning, and Thomas MacGregor
11th Grade: Jonah Gehrt, Alex Mittlestadt, and Ayhmad Lee
12th Grade: Nick Sigrist, Evan Richardson, Nate Bahr, Tim Entgelmeier, Jacob Ostreng, and Ian Thomason
Along with the letter winner's the four young men that obtain all-conference this year were also recognized. Those four athletes were: Nick Sigrist, Jonah Gehrt, Evan Richardson, and Thomas MacGregor.
There were six team awards given. Three of these awards were based off of points earned during the season. Those three awards were Most Track Points Earned, Most Field Points Earned, and Most Combined Track and Field Points earned. The winners of these awards were:
Most Track Points Earned: Nick Sigrist with 216 points
Most Field Points Earned: Evan Richardson with 185 points
Most Combined Track and Field Points Earned: Nick Sigrist with 318 points
The other three team awards given were based on votes. Two of these were voted on by the athletes and one was voted on by coaches. The two awards voted on by the athletes was the Rising Star and the Most Valuable Athlete. The Rising Star is the athlete that the young men see as a future for the program and the most valuable athlete is the athlete the young men viewing as instrumental to the team's overall success. The coach's award was Mr. Intangible. This award was given to the young man the coaches felt did whatever it takes to be successful. They didn't complain and they did whatever they could do in order for the betterment of the entire team. The recipients for these awards were as follows:
Rising Star: Thomas MacGregor
Mr. Intangible: Nate Bahr
Most Valuable Athlete: Nick Sigrist
Five athletes also achieved the status of Academic All State. The athletes had over a 3.6 GPA and either were all conference, made the state meet, of met the standard on the MSHSL Honor Roll throughout the season. The athletes that obtain Academic All State were: Evan Richardson, Jacob Ostreng, Jonah Gehrt, Thomas MacGregor, Alex Laning.
Overall, this was a fantastic season for the Bears. Jonah Gehrt and Nick Sigrist will both be going to represent the boys program in the state meet this weekend. They will represent all the hard work and determination that has taken place all season. As a team these young men accomplished every goal set forth. They were runner up in the Hiawatha Valley League and runner up in sub section 4 1A. The five seniors that helped pave the way for this success will be sorely missed. These seniors are: Nick Sigrist, Evan Richardson, Tim Entgelmeier, Ian Thomason, Nate Bahr.
With these seniors leaving the team is losing a lot, but there is a lot of hope for the future. There are many, many young athletes eager to fill their spot and continue the success that these 5 individuals have helped create over their time in the Byron Track and Field program.