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2020 Greensburg Girls Track Outlook from Katina Tekulve

Prior to the start of any season, there is always an air of hope and optimism by coaches and players.  Unfortunately, that hope and optimism for the spring sports season was dashed for everyone with its cancellation due to COVID-19.

But we asked coaches to share with us what they were looking forward to: team outlook, individual hopes and expectations or anything else about the season in general.  We’ll be sharing those stories as we receive them and we appreciate those who took the time to send us their thoughts.

Greensburg coach Katina Tekulve-  Like most of the other track teams in our area, we had our first and our last meet of the 2020 season on March 7 at the East Central Indoor Invitational. Little did we know at that time how our vision of the season would drastically change throughout the month of March.  Our Pirate Ladies experienced a lot of success at that meet and were excited about our next three indoor meets on the schedule in addition to the outoor track season.

We had multiple ladies who were crowned champions at East Central and were ranked among the top athletes out of all the small schools in Indiana.  One of those champions, sophomore Elizabeth Mitchell, was seeded as the first long jumper out of all Indiana small schools and was seeded third in the 60m hurdle race. Mitchell had been training very diligently on her own throughout the winter to be at this competitive level after recovering from an injury last track season.

The EC Indoor Invite pole vault champion, senior Koregan Kidd, set a new indoor school record and cleared a career PR the first meet of the season.  She was ranked ninth out of all small school pole vaulters.  The 3200m championship relay team of Sophie Nobbe, Emma Hatton, Emily Mangels and Brenner Hanna was ranked 10th in the state. Junior Brenner Hanna was also seeded 17th in the 3200.

We were very excited for the opportunity to compete in two indoor meets at UIndy to try to improve our rankings and then compete at the indoor state meet at IU to hopefully earn multiple spots on the podium. It was a great way to start the season and we were really excited about what outdoor would bring us as well.

While we are heartbroken all the team’s hard work and efforts will not culminate into a full season of acknowledgements and accolades in 2020, we know the girls can take pride in their efforts and early achievements and continue to work to their goals in the future. Our athletes are hard workers and they each are very driven and motivated by these goals which may vary between each athlete.  Some might be driven to be a part of a successful team, earn a varsity letter, get a personal record, win an event, break a school record, advance in the tournament, challenge themselves to improve or build meaningful relationships.
At the end of this quarantine, it won’t matter what our goals were individually, but the fact we had those goals to keep us physically active, mentally healthy, focused on what we could control and motivated to make ourselves better will matter!  Student athletes are some of the most resilient human beings I’ve ever worked with.  I’ve witnessed them bounce back after disappointing performances, overcome after an injur, and persevere through the loss of a loved one. Student athletes inspire me as an adult to accept the obstacles thrown my way with grace and fortitude. I know my athletes are disheartened by the current circumstances but I also know that will not diminish their efforts to continue to get better every day.
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