The 2018 girls’ track season proved to be one of the most successful in school history as the Trojans were a perfect 10-0 in dual meets and captured three invitational titles, including the school’s first league championship in girls’ track in 15 years. “Our biggest strength is that we have really good depth on our team,” said junior Madisan DeBos. “All around we have good sprints, good distance runners, and good throwers and jumpers.”
The girls opened the season on March 27th as they hosted a triangular vs. Canton Central Catholic and Fairless. The Trojans overwhelmed both opponents and easily started the season off with two victories. The meet would set the the stage for the remainder of the dual meet season as the girls comfortably won every meet with the exception of a 73.5-72.5 nailbiter vs. Indian Valley on May 7th.
The girls also showed their stuff at invitationals as they placed second at the JD Milburn Relays and were victorious at the Lidderdale Invitational, the Thrilla in Zoarvilla and the IVC Championships. “This track year was super exciting because my freshman year we didn’t win any big meets and now we’ve won almost all of them, “ said junior Jadyn Kuykendall.
The JD Milburn Relays were highlighted by the distance medley relay team of Caylin Knous, Hannah Hostetler, Kat Gaiser and Madisan DeBos setting a new school record.
The Thrilla in Zoarvilla was a particularly satisfying win for the Trojans as they trailed a talented Rittman team most of the night. The event turned in favor of the Trojans during the running of the 800M. Junior Kat Gaiser found herself in third place, trailing two Rittman runners, as they sprinted towards the finish. Gaiser was able to pass both Rittman runners and take first place to keep the Trojans within striking distance in the team point totals. Tusky Valley entered the night’s final event, the pole vault, trailing by 13 points. However, junior Madisan DeBos won the event and senior Emma Potts placed fourth to earn 14 points for the Trojans and give the Tusky Valley girls their first ever victory in the Thrilla.
The momentum would continue at the Tuscarawas County meet as the girls brought home 4 county event titles. Madisan DeBos won the pole vault, 1600M and 3200M and set new Tuscarawas County meet record (5:09.32) in the 1600M. The Trojans picked up a fourth title when the 400M relay team of Ashley Kinsey, Jadyn Kuykendall, Kennedy Willis and Caylin Knous also won the county title.
The girls would make more history on May 11th when they traveled to Newcomerstown for the IVC championships. The girls won Tusky Valley first league title in girls’ track in 15 years as they easily outdistanced second place Indian Valley. Madi DeBos was named the IVC Runner of the Year and Coach DeBos was named the IVC Coach of the Year.
The Trojans continued their success at the district meet as DeBos claimed three individual district titles (pole vault, 1600M, & 3200M) and the girls 4x800M relay team of Kat Gaiser, Kaylyn Lloyd, Hannah Hostetler and Debos also won the district title. As a team the Trojans would place second and send girls on to the regional competition in 11 of the 17 events. The list of girls qualifying for regionals included:
Girls’ pole vault - Madi Debos and Emma Potts
Girls’ 4x800M relay - Kat Gaiser, Hannah Hostetler, Kaylyn Lloyd, Madi Debos
Girls’ 4x200M relay - Ashley Kinsey, Jadyn Kuykendall, Macey Hicks, Caylin Knous
Girls’ 1600M - Madi Debos
Girls’ 4x100M relay - Ashley Kinsey, Jadyn Kuykendall, Kennedy Willis, Caylin Knous
Girls’ 400M - Lexie Engstrom
Girls’ 300M hurdles - Ashley Kinsey
Girls’ 800M - Kat Gaiser
Girls’ 200M - Caylin Knous
Girls’ 3200M Madi Debos and Kaylyn Lloyd
Girls’ 4x400M relay - Kat Gaiser, Hannah Hostetler, Kennedy Willis, Lexie Engstrom
The girls would continue their amazing season at the regional meet as they would break records on their way to placing third as a team at the regional meet. The girls would be led by Madisan DeBos as she qualified for state in four different event. Individually, DeBos would qualify in the 1600M, pole vault and 3200M. Debos' qualifying time in the 3200M set a new school record time of 11:09.09. DeBos would also qualify as part of the 4x800M relay team with Kat Gaiser, Hannah Hostetler, and Kaylyn Lloyd. Not only did the 4x800 team qualify for state, but they also did so by breaking a school record that had stood for 31 years with a time of 9:31.01. The girls weren't done breaking records as Kat Gaiser would also qualify as an individual in the 800M as she broke Jordyn Koch's school record with a time of 2:17.12.
How would you summarize the 2018 season?
Jadyn Kuykendall - This track year was super exciting because my freshman year we didn’t win any big meets and now we’ve won almost all of them but maybe one.
Hailey Maloon - The 2018 season was amazing, I have gotten to grow closer to friends and make new friends. Our season from the girls standpoint was very successful and I can't wait to see what next season has in store for us!
Kat Gaiser - The 2018 season has been absolutely successful. Not only have the girls won multiple tri-meets, but we have also won the Thrilla for the first time in school history for girls, the Lidderdale Invitational, the IVC meet, and were runner-up at Districts. I think we are all eager to see what comes next for the success of our team!
Ashley Kinsey - Fun, fast!
Madi DeBos - The 2018 season was great. Everyone worked really hard and it has really payed off.
The girls won the IVC championship. What was the team’s biggest strength?
Jadyn Kuykendall - There wasn’t a single event we didn’t have people score in. we’re all around a super strong team.
Hailey Maloon - Our teams biggest strength in my mind would be the fact that our team is so diverse. We're one big family though, the distance girls and the sprinters and the jumpers all get along really well.
Kat Gaiser - This year, the biggest strength the team has had is unity. We have really come together this year to pick each other up more than we have in the past. No matter if it is sprints, distance, field events, or throws, the girls are all so supportive of one another. I feel as if we have all found our niche and we can all support each other 100% in what we do on the track.
Ashley Kinsey - Support, hard work.
Madi DeBos - Our biggest strength is that we have really good depth on our team. All around we have good sprints, good distance runners, and good throwers and jumpers.
What was your most memorable moment from the 2018 season (on or off the track)?
Jadyn Kuykendall - Winning the Thrilla.
Hailey Maloon - My most memorable moment from the 2018 track season would be winning the Thrilla & the IVC meets. Or tripping right after I crossed the finish line after the 100m hurdles... great times.
Kat Gaiser - My most memorable moment from this season was probably at the Thrilla in Zoarvilla (or Zoarilla...whichever you prefer). I was running the open 800 and was in third coming down the home stretch, but somehow managed to pull out the first place win at the end, just barely beating the girls in front of me by a second. In addition, after running the district meet this past weekend, another favorite memory was qualifying for regionals next week in the open 800 and obtaining a new PR of 2:21.
Ashley Kinsey - 3 stepping after my hard work I put in.
Madi DeBos - My most memorable moment of 2018 is the 4x800M team winning districts. Everyone has worked really hard and it's been really crazy trying to figure out who is on the team and we finally got it down and we went out and came together as a team.