Heritage second at state TAPPS track meet

The Heritage School track teams, including (front row, from left) Coach Matt Hoermann, Jamie Hoermann, Kami Jones, Lindsey Pressler, Coach Lisa Sultemeier, Claire Pedregon, (back row) Coach Jeremy Wentrcek, Elliott Grimes, manager Jackson Bernard, Chad Johnson, Joe Lucas, Leighton Klepac, Skylar Kitzmiller, Jacob Huser, Parker Given, manager Jonathan Tucker and Coach Brad Sultemeier, finished in second place Friday and Saturday at the TAPPS state 1A track and field championships at Baylor University in Waco. Not pictured is Cameron Gunter. — Photo courtesy Helena Pedregon

By Danny Hirt

Heritage School captured second place in both the girls’ and boys’ divisions of the TAPPS state 1A track and field championships held Friday and Saturday at Baylor University in Waco.

In both cases, the Eagles finished just a few points behind Amarillo Ascension.

The Heritage boys were led by Chad Johnson who earned four first place awards — in the high jump, pole vault, 300 meter hurdles, and as a member of the 4x400 meter relay team (along with Skylar Kitzmiller, Parker Given and Joe Lucas).

Last week’s victory in the pole vault event was his fourth in that sport during the past four years (see separate story).

For the Heritage girls, Kami Jones took first place in three events — pole vault, 100 meter dash and 200 meter dash — while teammate Claire Pedregon brought home two gold medals (triple jump and 100 meter hurdles).

“This was a very special season,” said Heritage track and field coach Brad Sultemeier, “not because we did so well — we’ve done much better as a team in the past — but because of the character this team showed in the face of repeated adversity. We have never had as many injuries as we did this year — kids in and out all through the season.”

Sultemeier went on to praise the leadership displayed by senior captains Johnson, Jones and Pedregon. In calling them “the backbone and inspiration for both of our varsity teams,” Sultemeier went on to say that “not only are they superior athletes, they are the type of people that inspire those around them, teammates and competitors, alike.”

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