After starting the Cherry Valley-Springfield track and field program 20 years ago, coach Jordan Jaquay is sticking to his motto and having a lot of success with them.
“We just want the kids enjoying themselves and doing the best they can,” said Jaquay. “That’s how we run the program and it’s worked for years.”
The “we” Jaquay is referring to would be his wife Melissa, who co-coaches the team with him. Together, they have built a boy’s track and field team that has won seven of the last nine Section Four Class D titles and eight of the last nine Tri-Valley league titles.
It looks promising that the Patriots will continue this success with a strong group of returners and newcomers.
Leading the way for CV-S is senior Dustin Collins, who Jaquay said is their number one returner and will be a natural leader for the team.
“He is the defending section champion in the 400 hurdles, he’s won three straight Tri-Valley triple jump titles, and he is the school record holder in the triple jump,” said Jaquay.
Juniors Ben Drugatz, Nick Mills, and Noah Russo will be key in the sprints and relays and Elijah Lyon will be a top competitor in the middle distance races.
Jaquay said these five athletes give CV-S a strong, solid base.
“They are going to make up the core of the team,” he said.
CV-S will have quite the supporting cast to assist these five.
Jaquay said he sees junior John Magyar and senior Sam O’Brian-Wilson as the top distance runners for the season.
Juniors Ryan Jaquay and Kurt Presely will both be middle distance runners for the Patriots.
Seniors Andrew Winters and Luke Palumbo and junior Townie Zaengle, will lead the throwing events.