After a 30 plus year hiatus, Track and Field returns to Sauk Valley Community College. Teams talk about reloading or rebuilding from previous seasons…those don’t apply here! The team is building from the ground up, but has a good start with a great deal of local talent.
Boasting a roster of around 25-30 student-athletes from most of the schools in the SVCC district, the Skyhawks look to set a precedence in local track and field. Led by team captains Joshua Dallas (sprinter/Dixon HS) and Alyssa Sigwards (sprinter/Dixon HS), the Sauk charges are excited to face the challenges ahead. “We are just excited to have track and field at the collegiate level at our local college” said Sigwards. “It is a great opportunity for a lot of people from our area to continue in track.” Dallas added “The athletes on the team are very committed to being successful, and that is making it a lot of fun. Everyone is excited for our first meet in March.”
The team is not short on talent. Many team members have earned a variety of awards in high school, from being local meet champions, to All-Conference, and All-State honors. One of the key differences between high school and college competitions is that in high school there are a lot more meets. Colleges generally have only one meet a week, so the opportunities to compete are more limited. There is a good mix on the team in sprinters, mid-distance and distance, hurdlers, jumpers and throwers.
The coaching staff has a mix of experiences to aid the Skyhawks as they build the team. Athletic Director Michael Stevenson was named the head coach in 2019, and brings with him nearly 30 years of coaching experience. Skyhawk Head Cross Country Coach Nick Hartz has been with Sauk Athletics for 5 years and has a total of 16 years under his belt. The newcomer to the group is Freya Block. Block brings a wealth of competitive experience to the program as an NCAA First Team All-American, a USATF National qualifier, and a multi time conference champion, all while attending Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.