Seymour 'Thunder' Preseason Practice

Friday, March 12, 2010 at Seymour High School


Division: 1
Enrollment: 817
Coach: Scott Schwantes
Conference: Bay
Conference Schools: Denamrk, Hortonville, Luxemburg-Casco, Marinette, New London, Oconto Falls, Seymour, Shawano Community, and West De Pere.

In 2007 and 2008 Seymour was a D1 school. In the 2009 season Seymour was D2. This season they are back to being a D1 school. Two athletes who have made their mark with the Thunder are Alaina Murphy [L] and Jessica Maroszek [R]. Both are seniors for the 2010 season.

Jessica Maroszek 1 | 2

Jessica Maroszek who will attend Kansas University on a scholarship has made a steady progression in the throwing events since she made her debut with a 7th place finish in the SP [40' 1.25] as a freshman in the 2007 State Meet. In that meet she had a throw of 101' 00 in the discus but did not finish in the top nine. In the 2008 State Meet Maroszek placed 2nd in the SP [44' 10.50] and won the gold medal in the discus [144' 09]. Last season as a D2 athlete Maroszek placed first in the SP [44' 03.00] and discus [139' 05]. As a ninth grader Alaina Murphy ran the 800m at the State Meet finishing with a time of 2:23.8. She also ran on the Thunder's 4x2 relay which placed 7th. In 2008 Murphy placed 3rd in the 400m and was a member of Seymour's 6th place 4x4 relay team. Last season in D2 Murphy finished 7th in the 200m, 3rd in the 400m, and anchored Seymour's 4x4 to a first place finish.

Above: Alaina Murphy is pictured anchoring the Seymour Thunder's 4x4 to a Gold Medal in the rain at the 2009 State Meet.

During the 2009 season the following school records were set: Ashley Effa [PV - 10' 03], Alaina Murphy [200m - 26.15 and 400m - 56.98], and Jessica Maroszek [SP - 46 ' 04.75 and Discus - 164' 02].

Right: The Seymour 4x4 relay team won the D2 Gold Medal at the 2009 State Meet - [Clockwise from top left]: Ashley Effa, Stephanie Ambrosius, Justine Mehojah, and Alaina Murphy. All of the runners pictured return for the 2010 season.

After graduation Alaina Murphy will attend Harvard and compete in track for the Crimson. 1 | 2

Relay runners [L-R] Justine Mehojah, Stephanie Ambrosius, Alaina Murphy, and Ashley Effa.

Above L-R: Pole vault coach Russ Murphy discusses the Friday practice with head boys and girls coach Scott Schwantes. Coach Schwantes son Zach is a pole vaulter for Seymour.
Right: Assistant coach Sarah Tracy conducted the warmup and led drills that stressed the fundamentals of running.

On Friday, March 12, space was at a premium as there was a State Power Lifting Championship in the Seymour Field House.
Alaina Murphy's father Jon and his boys basketball team were practicing for the sectional finals. Alaina's uncle Russ is the PV coach.

A circuit drill was run which consisted of running up stairs followed by a sprint past a storage room before the descent down another stairway and finally a sprint down the hall before the circuit was repeated. This was a taxing drill that the Seymour athletes attacked with determination.

Shot Put Drills

"I Made It!!!!!!!!!"

There will only be one D1 Shot Put Champion at the 2010 State Meet. However one of the things that make track such a great sport is that athletes can gain a new 'PR' in practices or meets. A 'Personal Record' in itself is like a championship. Mandy Trautmann a sophomore [right] reacts after her throw reached the mats [see picture above the caption "I Made It"]. This was a first for Mandy! Prior to that her throws were making smudges on the basketball floor in the old gym at Seymour HS. Mandy is pictured with her father Lyle Trautmann [above center]. Lyle is the jumps coach at Seymour. Lyle works in Clintonville and after work drives to Seymour in order to coach the Seymour jumpers.

The defending D2 SP Champion Jessica Maroszek [below] will challenge for the D1 championship this season. Maroszek's mother who was a thower in high school nurtured Jessica's interest in the throwing events beginning in 7th grade.

Jessica Maroszek is pictured above working on a discus release drill. Track and Field News list for the 2009 discus event had Maroszek listed #5 among US High School girls:

190-3 Anna Jelmini (Shafter, Ca)
177-0 Alex Collatz (Stockdale, Bakersfield, Ca)
169-5 Aslynn Halvorson (Butler, Charlotte, NC)
169-5 Erin Pendleton (Woodmore Elmore, Oh)
164-2 Jessica Maroszek (Seymour, Wi)
162-1 Laura Bobek (Astoria, Or)
161-7 Jessica Cagle (Grand Rapids, Mn)
161-4 Brittney Waller (J.L. Mann. Hanna, SC)
160-5 Katie Evans (Putnam Co., Unionville, Mo)
160-4 Jessica Sharbono (West, Billings, Mt)

In the main hallway at Seymour High School are portraits of students who have excelled academically and athletically. The portraits are done by Countryside Photographers. The pictures are oversized and celebrate positive achievements of the students at Seymour. Owner Randy Peterson gave permission for the Honor Roll to show his portrait of the MVP track athletes from the 2009 season. Clockwise from top left: Ashley Effa, Jessica Maroszek, and Alaina Murphy.