Brownstown track hands out postseason awards


The Brownstown Central track and field team gathered in the high school auditorium Tuesday night to honor the participants in this year’s season.

Head coach Maria Conklin kept it short and sweet, emphasizing some of the impressive things her athletes and teams were able to accomplish this spring.

She started out by thanking the athletes and the parents for getting through the season, one that was filled with contact tracing for COVID-19 and all types of protocols the team had to follow.

Both the boys and girls team had winning records this season. The boys finished 13-10 and went 7-2 in the conference, ending the season tying for seventh place at sectional.

The girls went 12-11 with a 5-4 conference record, finishing sixth at sectional.

The varsity letter winners for the girls, meaning the individual scored at least one point a meet, were Avery Koch, Chloe Covert, Kaitlyn McCormick, Zori Otting, Addie Shelton, Jazz Yeadon, Abigail Bennitt, Madison Stuckwisch, Camryn Thompson, Briana Barker, Kelis East, Tori Lokey, Jocelyn Love and Emily Reinbold.

For the boys, the varsity letter winners were Aaron Fernandez, Jayden Steinkamp, Andrew Wheeles, Cameron Day, Trapper Dean, Thad Goecker, Dustyn Kocsis, Brayden Millick, Brandon Reynolds, Caleb Cummings, Bradley Edwards, Waylon Lutes, Brady Blann, Ryan Branaman, Garrett Driver, Isiaah Engle, Hudson Fritz, Traven Wellman and Lane Zike.

The varsity jacket recipients for the boys were Reynolds, Cummings, Edwards and Lutes, and for the girls, it was McCormick, Shelton, Otting, Stuckwisch and Thompson.

Conklin handed out some individual awards, as well. The most outstanding sprinter for the girls was Thompson, and for the boys, it was Cummings.

The most outstanding distance runner went to Wheeles for the boys, and the girls didn’t have one due to lack of distance running on the team this season.

The most outstanding field event performer was Koch for girls and Kocsis for boys.

The most improved award was difficult to give out. Conklin asked everyone in attendance to raise their hand if they had a personal record this season, and every single athlete in the room raised their hand.

But after talking it over with her assistants and getting some feedback from the team, Love took the most improved for the girls, and Engle took the most improved award for the boys.

The mental attitude award went to Wheeles for the boys and Yeadon for the girls.

Lastly, the most valuable awards, which were based on who scored the most points for the team across the whole season, went to Koch for the girls and Cummings for the boys.

Brownstown saw two girls and two boys each qualify for regional this season. Koch won sectional in the shot put and discus to qualify, and Thompson qualified in both the 100 and 300 hurdles. For the boys, Kocsis won sectional in the discus to qualify, and Engle placed third in the 300 hurdles to qualify.

The Braves advanced one of those athletes to the state meet, and it was Koch after winning regional in the discus with a throw of 135’3”. She placed 12th this past Saturday at the state finals in the discus.

Both the boys and girls team for track were relatively young, so Conklin believes both teams can compete for the Mid-Southern Conference title next season.

Her final message for the team Tuesday was how excited she was for the future of both programs as the talent and experience will only increase in the coming years.

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