Coming into the high school track and field season, the prevailing notion surrounding Lady Charger track and field was that the distance events would lead the charge for head coach Dave Spratte’s squad.
While that notion has come to fruition quite well so far through the first seven meets, the Lady Chargers have come to experience a lot more balance across the board. Since the season started, the short distance events have produced 25 top three finishes for the Lady Chargers while the field events have also filled in quite nicely adding in 14 top three finishes as well.
The field events have included great work from the likes of Sara Schmeling in the long jump, Mady Smith in the high jump, and of course Madison McDermott in the shot put and discus where the sophomore has already totaled five first place finishes.
The rising success for ACGC in the short distance events have been riddled with many individuals including sophomore Savana Fuller with 9 first place finishes between the 100, 200, and 400 meter dash events. Another individual who has been providing consistent results but has flown under the radar would be freshmen phenom Olivia Laabs. Laabs has been a hurdling machine tackling both the 100 and 400 meter hurdles and earning a combined 8 top three finishes between them.
Raccoon Valley Radio was able to catch up with head girls track coach Dave Spratte as he shed some light on the talented Laabs and her bright future going forward.
“She has done a nice job for us and you’ve got to keep reminding yourself as a coach that she’s still just a freshmen. She’s hard on herself. When she doesn’t meet her standards she’s harder on herself than I am as her coach. The biggest thing for that young Lady is to believe in herself because she has a lot of talent and she’s going to attribute a lot of activity to ACGC throughout her career,” stated coach Spratte.