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2020 Milan Boys and Girls Track Outlook from Brandy Bastin

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.

Milan coach Brandy Bastin- This has been hard to sit down and write because it brings me much sadness we are not having a spring track season. Milan track athletes put in a lot of hard work prior to the school closures and the season being canceled.

The boys track team had big goals. The Indians were being led by senior Matt Riehle and junior Peyton Cavins. Riehle was looking to repeat as sectional and regional champ in the 400m dash and get on the podium at the state finals.

Peyton Cavins was looking to build on his success at the East Central indoor meet where he won the 200m dash. He was working hard to advance further in the 100m and 200m events.

Both Riehle and Cavins were hoping to see great results with the 4x400m relay team this season with newcomers Alex Wenger (freshman) and Ethan Schwipps (junior). Wenger placed in the top ten in the 400 at the EC indoor meet.

Field events athletes were working hard. They were led by seniors Gabe Hudepohl and Ethan Moore in the shot put and discus. Jonathan Aldridge was looking to make a name for himself in discus.

The girls track team had some big shoes to fill this season after last year’s graduating class. They were being led by senior Lily Phelps and junior Lauren Werner.  Distance runner, sophomore Lucy Lillis, was looking strong.

Issabella Knueven was looking forward to improving her personal bests in shot put and discus this season. High jumpers Cici Bailey (senior) and Sophia Thomas (junior) were already clearing impressive heights during practice. Both were looking forward to pushing each other throughout the season.

This group of seniors are going to be missed next year. They have set the bar high for the underclassmen, not only in their achievements, but more importantly in their work ethic in the classroom and at practice.  A few will be moving on to play or run at the collegiate level. Good luck to all the seniors as they begin the next chapter. Thank you for all of your hard work!

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