OTTOVILLE — With less than 100 students total at Fort Jennings High School, it’s not every day that a special athlete like Macy Schroeder comes around.
For the past three track-and-field seasons, Schroeder has made a name for herself, becoming one of the top sprinters in the area.
Now a senior, Schroeder is hoping to make a name for Fort Jennings when the state meet comes around in June.
Schroeder is not only dominating in the 100- and 200-meter dashes this spring, she also is part of the 800- and 1,600-meter relays that have done really well.
Schroeder showcased her versatility at Friday’s Putnam County League meet at Ottoville, where she took first place in both the 100 and 200. She then finished second in the 400.
Results were not made available to The Lima News by Friday’s deadline. Results will be in Sunday’s edition.
Last season, Schroeder made it to the Division III state meet in three events. She finished 10th in the 200, 12th in the 100 and was part of the 1,600 relay that finished fifth.
“I love relays,” Schroeder said. “Working with the team, makes me run a lot better. …You just don’t want to give up on your teammates. You just want to keep pushing.”
Next school year, Schroeder will be taking her running talents to Indiana Tech, where she will compete on the track and field team.
This spring, however, Schroeder is focused on helping her teammates get down to the state meet in a couple relays.
The other three seniors that play key roles on the relays are Kaitlin Stechschulte, Lori Bruskotter and Elaina Maag. Junior Emily Grone also competes in the relays, as well as in the hurdles. Sophomore Alyssa Wiedeman and junior Kaylynn Noriega will work into the relays as well.
“It’s super exciting this season,” Schroeder said. “We know it’s our last season and we really know what we want to do. Right now, some of us are battling shin splints, but we’re getting better.”
At the St. John’s Invitational on April 27, Fort Jennings made history as it won its first-ever invitational.
“We’re real happy at where we are at right now,” Fort Jennings coach Kevin Horstman said. “I know they have high expectations of getting back to Columbus. Three of the four (athletes) this year, were on the four-by-four (1,600 relay) last year, when they finished fifth at state.
“Those are two relays we think we can get to state — the four-by-two (800 relay) and the four-by-four. And we will see what Macy can do in the 100 and 200, and what Lori (Bruskotter) can do in the 400. That will probably be the main focus when the tournament rolls around.”
Horstman realizes he has something special this season.
“It’s been 15 years now that we’ve had track here at (Fort) Jennings,” Horstman said. “We had one group, kind of like this when we started. …We didn’t even know what we had. We probably didn’t appreciate it as much as we should of. This might not happen again in the next 20 years — to get a group like this. We’ve been letting the girls know that we really appreciate the work and the effort they have put in.”