Saint Mary's Springs Academy Ledgers Preseason Practice

Thursday, March 8, 2012 at St. Mary's Springs Academy

Saint Mary's Springs Academy is the defending Wisconsin Flyways Conference Track and Field Champion. Springs distance runners were a force an the 2011 conference track and field meet and followed through with a 2nd place finish in the D3 2011 State Cross Country Championships.

Left: Grace Meurer [senior] was the leadoff runner for the Ledgers in the 4x8 at the 2011 State Meet.

Below left: 2nd leg 4x8 runner Kara Harasha [senior].

Below center: Elaina Meurer [senior] was the third runner in the 4x8.

Abbe Busse [below right] is a junior who anchored the 4x8 to a third place finish.

St. Mary's Springs Academy

Division: 3

Enrollment: 229

Coach: Shane Smith-8th year as head coach

Conference: Wisconsin Flyway

Conference Schools: Horican, Kettle Moraine Lutheran, Laconia, Lomira, Mayville, North Fond du Lac, Omro, Saint Mary's Springs Academy, Winnebago Lutheran Academy.

Right: Junior Sami Grebe placed 10th in the LJ at the 2011 State Meet.

Above right: Abbe Busse in the 4x8. Busse also qualified for State in the 800m run placing 15th

Above L-R: Elaina Meurer was 11th in the 1600m and Grace Meurer finished 6th in the 3200 at the 2011 State Meet

Above: Head boys and girls cross country and girls track and field coach Shane Smith outlines the distance workout for his runners. Smith will be assisted by Coach Theresa Van Horn in the middle distances.

Above: Warmups and warmup leaders

Above: Throws coach Shawn O'Loughlin works with throwers in the balcony overlooking the main gym. Coach Katherine Bernau will also work with the throwers and high jump athletes

Above: Head football and boys track coach Bob Hyland [above right] coaches the hurdles and horizontal jumps. When older pole vault pits were replaced he made an indoor long jump pit [above center]. The gym does not have a recessed jumps area. Like most schools Springs makes use of every part of the school for workouts. Coach Hyland goes to the third floor for hurdle work. Coach Hyland also leads the warmups.

Above left and right: Abbe Busse is a versatile athlete in the middle distances and the hurdles.

Above: Distance runners prior to leaving for their roadwork

Above: A very steep hill with a private road is an ideal [at least for coaches] tool for outdoor workouts. The hill is right behind the school. Throwers, sprinters, and distance runners benefit from the workout of 'climbing' the hill. At the top athletes can turn and see Lake Winnebago in the distance.

"Last one back does the dishes tonight!"

Above: Sisters [L-R] Grace and Elaina Meurer sprint to the school steps at the end of their outdoor run.

Right L-R: Distance runners Elaina Meurer, Grace Meurer, and Kara Harasha.

Below: The Thursday night workout. Runners recorded their road workouts in small notebooks after their outside runs.

Above L-R: Basbetball players Melanie Schneider and Samantha Grebe will join the track and field team after the WIAA Tournaments.

Right: 2011 WIAA State Qualifiers.

Below: Flyway Conference members.

Above: Elaina Meurer and Abby Busse in mid-winter. Distance athletes do not have an 'off-season.' With one lane shoveled the runners were able to continue with their conditioning even when snow covered the Fond du Lac area.

Cell phone photo above by a friend of the runners