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St. John-Hudson senior spring athletes reflect on aborted season

Kahrie Stegman

Senior 2020 track athletes at St. John-Hudson High School, Dalton Nemec, Erin Crissman, Trey Fisher, A.J. Miller, Tanner Halling, Joel Ortiz, Trevor Tanner, and Bree Meyer, each had their final track season cut short, but as several of them reflected, it has still been a experience.

Dalton Nemec began participating in track when he was in elementary school. In elementary school and junior high, Nemec did some sprinting events, but when he got into high school track, he mostly ran the one mile and two mile. Nemec lettered in high school.

Nemec was excited for this season to socialize and compete with other track athletes.

He hopes to inspire future athletes to have perseverance.

"Always keep trying and never give up,” Nemec said.

Nemec has been working more since in-person school has been cancelled, and he is missing competing in track since he will not be continuing in college.

“I wish I could have had the opportunity to run in track, because this was my last year and my last sport I will ever get to play,” Nemec said.

Erin Crissman typically competed in the long jump, triple jump, the 4x100, the open 400, and the 4x400.

Some of Crissman’s track honors include the CPL Champion in both triple and long jump, qualifying for state in triple jump her sophomore and junior years, and placing 5th at state in triple jump her junior year.

Crissman said she is disappointed she won’t get to finish out her senior track season.

“I was looking forward to spending my last sports season with the underclassmen I had grown so close to and will greatly miss,” Crissman said.

Though this is a difficult time for seniors, Crissman has been trying to stay on top of homework and finishing the remainder of the school year strong.

Some advice Crissman has for younger athletes is to never take track for granted.

Crissman said she does not plan on doing track in college.

Trey Fisher began competing in track in 7th grade, and he has competed in the 400, 800. 4x400, and 4x800. Fisher’s honors include 2A State Runner Up in the 4x800 Relay, 1A State Champion in the 4x800 Relay in 2018 and 2019, 3rd place at 1A State for the 4x400 Relay in 2018, 5th place at State for the 4x400 in 2019, and 7th at State in the 400 in 2019.

Fisher said he was most looking forward to competing at state.

He hopes future track athletes enjoy track by being social with teammates, but also take it seriously and improve themselves.

Fisher has been working on a farm since in-person school was canceled.

He does not plan on competing in collegiate track.