Girls’ Track Finishes Regular Season With Conference Title

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The girls’ track team has been on the rise over the past few years since Cory Faust took the reigns as head coach. This season, it’s all coming to a peak, as the Rams are tearing through all competition in their path throughout the entire spring season. Most recently, Glenwood capped off an impressive regular season with a dominating performance at the Hawkeye Ten Conference Championships Thursday night.

The Rams racked up 193 points, highlighted by eight titles in individual races en route to their second straight conference title. Janette Schraft swept all her events, winning the 1500 meter race, the 400 hurdles and the 800 meter race. Jaeda Wilson captured titles in the 400 and 100 meter dashes, while Audrey Arnold took home gold in the 100 hurdles.

Glenwood’s rout at conference is adding to the hype that the girls have been receiving as one of the top teams in the state. Faust, however, feels as if his team needs to focus on future meets instead of getting caught up in the excitement surrounding the team.

‘It’s important that we don’t pay too much attention to what other people are doing or saying about us,” Faust said. “If we’ve been treating every day all year like it’s for a state championship, we won’t ever have to change anything.”

For Schraft, the season has been one historic milestone after another. Not only did she sweep the conference meet, but Schraft became the only Glenwood girl to ever receive the coveted champion’s flag at the Drake Relays in the 400 hurdles.

Schraft mentioned that waving that coveted champion’s flag at the Drake Relays was a lifelong objective for her.

“I felt a flood of relief,” she said. “I had capturing the flag as one of my top-shelf goals for about two years now and I knew that I only had two races left to meet that goal.”

Faust also touched on Schraft’s unprecedented success this season.

“She’s having a great year, obviously,” said Faust. “Her team leadership has been as impressive as her performance. She’s very team oriented and has bought into the team process… I think her impact will be felt well beyond this year with the example she has set.”

The team will run at the district meet Thursday with a chance to go to state on the line.