Central Mountain track and field program recognizes its seniors
With no opportunity to present a traditional senior day celebration of its athletes, the Central Mountain track and field offered a virtual senior day Thursday via YouTube.
The team’s 11 senior athletes — Zoe Eck, Heidi Emel, Carlie Hall, Erick Hoy, Skyler McCauley, Amelia McCloy, Devin Miller, Olivia Pierson, Gregory Walizer, Nate Laubscher and Addison Hibbler — offered video messages or thanks through text on a video posted by coach Robert Varholak.
The video was the next in a series of videos being presented by Central Mountain spring sports coaches on YouTube to honor their seniors.
“The season didn’t really end or begin the way we hoped, but we still think they deserve to be recognized,” Varholak said in the video. “Thank you for your contributions to the program and we wish you all the best of luck for you moving forward.”
Returning state runner-up Amelia McCloy missed out on a final attempt to bring home state gold in the high jump. But a year ago, she set a personal-best and school record when she cleared 5 feet, 8 inches at the PIAA track and field championships in Shippensburg to earn a silver medal.
In her video address, she said she will go to either Penn State, Ohio State or Michigan State in the fall to major in biomedical engineering and continue her track career.
“I want to thank my parents for making sure I was enjoying every minute of track and it never became a burden to me,” McCloy said. “And thank you to my friends for recording me every time I jumped and helping me laugh to keep my anxiety level down.”
Senior Zoe Eck, a sprinter and jumper, plans to attend Bloomsburg University in the fall for early childhood education.
“I would like to say congratulations to anybody who is going to college or the military,” Eck said. “I hope that whatever you’re doing, you’re happy.”
Emel, a three-year member of the girls team, is attending Penn State Altoona to major in kinesiology and minor in business.
“I would like to thank my friends and family for pushing me to be all I can be,” she said. “And thanks to my coaches for everything they’ve done for me.”
Jumper Carlie Hall plans to attend Lock Haven and major in psychology. Erick Hoy is also headed to Lock Haven to major in information technology. Also staying close to home is Olivia Pierson, who will major in health science to become an occupational therapist.
“I would like to thank my mom and dad for being supportive along the way,” said four-year team member Skyler McCauley, who is undecided on future plans. “And thanks to my coaches for pushing me as hard as they could.”
Devin Miller plans on enlisting in the Marine Corps with hopes to become a mechanic.
“I’m thankful for all the people that are always on my side cheering me on when I’m running and for getting me through the years and helping me graduate,” Miller said.
“I really miss you and am so sorry we weren’t able to have our track season,” assistant coach Danielle Wilson said. “We love you and we’ll be thinking about you.”