Track at St. Pius X is a popular sport that includes athletes of all skill levels who excel at a variety of different events. This year, as every year, the athletes are determined to work hard and go surpass last season’s accomplishments.


Senior Shannon McIlhenney awaiting her last track season. This will be McIlhenney’s fourth season of track. Photo by: Sarah Abney.

By: Victoria Haggerty, Design Editor

On your mark, get set, go! This year a large number of students will take their marks or positions in the field for the 2016 track season.

Each year, track and field has a variety of participants who compete in events from sprints to shot put, to pole vault. And each year, there are several individuals who stand out.

Lacing up their running shoes this season are, Senior Shannon McIlhenney and Juniors Ryan Vutich and Isabel Ringel. These three individuals, not only compete for St. Pius X track, but also DPA a local competitive track team.

McIlhenney has been involved with track since she was in the third grade.  

“To be honest, I only did track in the first place because my mom made me and, I guess, it kind of stuck,” McIlhenney said.



Junior Ryan Vutich is ready to start his third track season for St. Pius. Photo by Sarah Abney.

Not only did it stick, but she excelled. McIlhenney currently holds two school records, one in the sprint medley and one in the javelin. She also placed 23rd at Nationals for her club team and will attend William Woods University on a track scholarship next fall.

Ringel is also a standout track athlete and last season, as a Sophomore, made an appearance at State in two events.  Ringel excels in sprinting and competed at Nationals for her club team in this event.

Ringel has participated in track for eight years and started because she wanted to get involved with her school. That soon turned into a very successful track career.Unfortunately last fall, Ringel had surgery on her Achilles but has made a successful recovery and cannot wait to get back this season.

“Coming off of surgery, it is frustrating, but I couldn’t be more excited to be back. The beginning of the season is going to be tough, no question,” said Ringel.

With immense focus, Ringel looks to break her records from this past season.

“Last year I placed 8th in both the 200 meter and 400 meter dash [at State],” said Ringel.

Ringel also holds the school record for the 100 meter dash and was All-Conference and All-District in 2014 as well as All-District and All- State in 2015.

This year the track team holds much promise and wants to return to the State meet that will take place in Jefferson City at the end of the season.

“The 400 meter dash has slowly become my favorite race, mainly because it is mentally and physically tough, but I love the challenge.” said Ringel.

Track and Field at St. Pius X in 2016 will be outstanding with many premier athletes.

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