Thank You For A Great 2016 Outdoor Season

Thank you to all the coaches, athletes and parents for a great year. This year, thanks to your generous donations, Friends was able to support the WAHS running program by providing coaching stipends to unpaid coaches and assisting with financial support for travel to Nationals and other events. This year’s budget also included a very large grant with the purchase of the storage unit that resides under the visitor’s bleachers to help protect our equipment.

There is more work to do! Next year we need increased support to further supplement coaching stipends!  We want to continue to attract and reward our high caliber coaches who are critical to the day to day success and growth of our student athletes. And with continued success will come more travel opportunities and more need for grants for travel. So please support the program with a donation to Friends.

Speaking of success….congratulations to our 3A State Track Champions! Madison Masloff (pole vault), Zoe Clay (3200) and Gannon Willcutts (1600). Read The Daily Progress article.

Coach Girvin provided Friends with a recap of the boys season (prior to the rescheduled events): The boys track and field team capped off another successful season at the 3A state meet this Saturday. The meet was canceled early due to weather, so no official team standings were confirmed, but the boys stood firmly in 7th place and looked poised to improve with potential points remaining in the 800m and 4x400m. All state placers include the 4x800m team of Davis Greene, Trevor Stutzman, Jack Ehlenberger, and Gannon Willcutts, Jackson Smith (4th – pole vault), Trevor Stutzman (4th – 1600m, 5th – 3200m), and Gannon Willcutts (1st – 1600m).

The team was led this year by distance runner Gannon Willcutts. Other top scorers include distance runners Davis Greene, Trevor Stutzman, and Jack Ehlenberger, pole vaulter Jackson Smith, sprinter/hurdler Corey Sims, and sprinter/discus thrower Jay Adams. Despite losing Willcutts, Stutzman, and Ehlenberger for next year, the team retains all other top scorers and appears poised to reload with plenty of talented and motivated young athletes waiting in the wings.

There is no better way to follow the girls team than to check out their site. There’s great coverage of this season and past seasons as well!  Check out their site!

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Western Girls Finish Runner Up in 3 A West Region

Back row: Alyssa Santoro Adajian, Zoe ClayAnna Harris, Deborah Ayres-Brown, Faith Reid, Caroline Outlaw
Front: Caroline McGahren

13339632_1218365574864312_1141703712139098423_n.jpgAfter a rain delay cancellation at the state meet,  4×400 team Corey Sims, Will Koester, Jay Adams and Matt Capshaw returned to Harrisonburg on June 8.

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