JOHNSONBURG – Johnsonburg track and field was honored with a banquet Tuesday night at the Johnsonburg Fire Hall.
Varsity head coach Rene Timm expressed appreciation to the athletes for their hard work this season.
"We want to honor all the wonderful athletes we have here," Timm said. "I just want to thank all of my athletes and all of my junior high athletes for being such wonderful, dedicated young men and women. We truly have such a great team and I also give thanks to all the parents that have raised these wonderful athletes. They deserve all the credit in the world."
Timm said four school records fell this year. Rachel Guyer broke the record in the 3200-meter run and Rhianon Fowler topped her own school record in the long jump. Michael Shuey broke school records in the high jump and javelin. The 4x400 relay team of Chelsea Benson, Taylor Wolfe, Gabbi Benninger and Abbie Lampman broke a school record.
"The record they broke was standing since 1977 and they crushed it," TImm said.
Assistant coach Becky Boylan presented the Coach's Award to Angela DeAngelo. Boylan spoke of how DeAngelo always gave 110 percent, was always dedicated and did what was asked.
"Anything we asked her to do, she did," Boylan said.
Assistant coach Brent Barraclough presented the girls track MVP award to Rachel Guyer. Guyer broke the school record in the 3200 with a time of 12:07.
"Three weeks later, she improved her own record to an 11:53 performance for a second place showing at the West Central Coaches Invitational in Altoona," Barraclough said. "She ended the season with a third-place showing at the D9 championships with a good time of 11:41, an incredible time as it was only six seconds off an automatic qualifying time for state qualification."
Barraclough presented the boys track MVP award to Kurt Martonik.
"Over the three years he was able to steadily improve through a lot of hard work not only during the season but also in the offseason," Barraclough said. "All of this effort paid off when he qualified for districts in the 400-meter dash."
Timm presented the girls field MVP to Rhianon Fowler, a state qualifier in long jump.
"She is extremely dedicated in the track aspect of her sports career," Timm said. "She's a wonderful athlete, a wonderful student in everything she does. She made it to districts and took second."
Timm presented the boys field MVP to Michael Shuey. Shuey won the PIAA gold medal and was a state qualifier in high jump. He garnered district qualifying marks in six events but could only compete in four.
Timm presented the Bob Bedford Memorial Track Award to Cody Schreiber.
"For four years, he has been dedicated to the team," Timm said. "He puts in time and effort not only during our season but in other seasons as well. He takes time out of his day and goes to different areas to practice for his individual events. He's a wonderful student and a wonderful person."
Timm expressed appreciation to the assistant coaches which are Curt Breakey, Barraclough, Chad Yurchick and Boylan along with junior high head coach Dan Carnovale.
"Mr. Barraclough and Mr. Breakey have been with me for four years," Timm said. "I don't know if I could ever do it without them. Mr. Carnovale has been with us for three years and he does a wonderful job with the junior high program, breaking into the athletes for the varsity level. Thank you to Chad for volunteering this year and turning out some wonderful athletes, we appreciate your dedication this year Becky has helped a tremendous deal with all of our athletes.
Robin Dubler was the booster club president for the team. Brenda Bevacqua was the vice president, Donna Shuey was the secreatry and Glen Dubler was the treasurer. Robin Dubler spoke about the 25th year of the junior high invitational Johnsonburg hosts.
"We had many parents who helped with the concession stand, helped with the event," Robin Dubler said. "This invitational is our major fundraiser and it couldn't happen without everyone's help. This was our 25th year for the track invitational. Eric Poague has been involved for all 25 years. He became involved as a junior high track coach and then as a meet director. Eric was recognized for his 25 years of involvement with a plaque. Donna for her hard work in running the concession stand."
The seniors presented Donna Shuey with gifts in appreciation.
Carnovale expressed appreciation to the junior high athletes.
"The combination of Ridgway and Johnsonburg has worked so well," Carnovale said. "It's a great group of kids. They're all together, they're one team. The coaching staff. Boosters, parents. Congratulated all of the seniors. This year, my boys team we won a track meet. Our girls were always in contention for a win. They were 3-5 but there were a lot of them that could have gone either way."
Kaitlin Viglione broke the junior high school record in the girls 100-meter dash with a time of 13.2 seconds. Jenna DeAngelo was presented with the girls junior high coach's award.