The Track and Field program was brought out of the mothballs in 2019-20 for the first time in over 40 years. Along with restoring the Men’s program, Women’s Track and Field was added for the first time in school history. However, after an exciting beginning, the season was cut before the team could even attend a meet, due to COVID 19. In 2020-2021, order was restored, and the Skyhawks were able to complete the outdoor Track and Field season, it’s first in decades.
2021-2022 should bring excitement and excellent performances for the Track and Field team. Back for his second year is NJCAA All-American Cameron Abell (Erie/Prophetstown) in the pole vault. He looks to continue his growth and improve upon his performances from a season ago. Joining Abell are returning veterans on the men’s side is Chris Link (Erie/Prophetstown) and William (Reece) Bohms (Princeton).
On the Women’s side, back into the fold for a second year are many returning faces. The team will be led by sprinter Melissa Allen (Bushnell/P.C.) and hurdler Katelynn Trobaugh (Sterling). Three women are returning to the Mid-Distance and distance corps. Those returners are Madison Bland (Sterling), Madisyn Nicklaus (Sterling), and Kayleigh Thomas (Dixon).
A host of new recruits have joined the program as freshmen and look to make their mark on the 21-22 campaign. “We should be strong in a few areas. The increased roster sizes from a year ago (especially on the Women’s Side) should allow us a great deal more flexibility. One of the things I am particularly excited about is the new group of horizontal jumpers we will have on the team this year. We go from having none last year to having four or five this year” said head coach Michael Stevenson. “We should also be able to compete in relay events as well, which is an added dimension for our teams” He added. “Last year, we had only one representative at the National Championships. With our rosters this year, I fully expect to send at least a handful onto the Nationals. I think Sauk will be well represented” said Stevenson.