Preseason Practice At Catholic Memorial

Monday, March 13, 2017 at Waukesha Catholic Memorial


Catholic Memorial returns three of the four runners who set a D2 4x100 record at the 2016 WIAA State Meet with a time of 49.03. At the 2014 State Meet Catholic Memorial had set the D2 4x1 record with a time of 49.17. In the photo above Catholic Memorial anchor Kathleen Hirsch takes the handoff from leg 3 runner Josie Schrubbe.

Wisconsin Track Online Feature For 2017

Catholic Memorial

Division: 2

Enrollment [2015-16]: 689

Head Coach: Chris Andacht - 45 years coaching track and field with 43 years as a head coach.

Conference: Classic 8

Conference Schools: Arrowhead, Catholic Memorial, Kettle Moraine, Mukwonago, Muskego High School, Waukesha North, Waukesha South, and Waukesha West. Note- All D1 schools except Catholic Memorial.

2016 Classic Eight results.

Left: Tatum Straw in the 100m prelims at the 2016 WIAA State Meet.

Right: Maddy Rondeau in the 200m finals at the 2016 WIAA State Meet. She finished 4th.

Left: The record setting 4x1.

The same group also won the Gold Medal in the 4x2 relay at the 2016 WIAA State Meet.

Top row L-R - Tatum Straw and anchor Kathleen Hirsch.

Bottom row L-R - Abbey Finnegan and Josie Schrubbe. Finnegan has graduated.

Right: 4x4 relay runner Olivia Saggio.

Catholic Memorial finished 3rd in the 2016 D2 4x4.

Distance runners for the Crusaders L-R: Sarah Brisco, Gabrielle Zuern getting the handoff from Maddie Sibilsky, Maureen Dusing, Kate Mrochinski handing off to Sarah Brisco.

Catholic Memorial's coach Chris Andacht is pictured on the right at the 2016 Nelson Daniels Classic held at UW-Whitewater and on the left at the Monday, March 13 practice.

Andacht has been coaching track and field for 45 years. Andacht coached at St Josephs for two years while he was still in college and then taught and coached at St Josephs for 8 years.

Andacht then went to Catholic Memorial where he has been the coach for the last 35 years. He teaches AP Economics at Catholic Memorial.

Assistant coaches below left L-R: Alicia Dougherty [Sprints, LJ, and discus], LeAnn Kellner [Sprints and SP], and distance coach Michelle Ehli. All are former Catholic Memorial students/athletes

The athletes warmed up with a series of stretches interspaced with form running on the runner mat which spanned two gyms, hallways, and a cafeteria.

In 2016 there were 17 girls out for the Crusader track and field team. This season there are 33 girls on the team.

Coach Michelle Ehli [top left] and her distance runners

Left: Throws coach LeAnn Kellner and her throw athletes

Day 7 Of The 2017 Preseason

Despite being inside the sprinters wore spikes. A 150m long series of mats that spanned two gyms and a cafeteria allowed runners to train on a softer surface.

The boys and girls track and field teams shared the two gyms with girls rugby and boys La Crosse.

The wonders of a Wisconsin March 13th weather pattern covered southern Wisconsin and the Milwaukee/Waukesha area with a thick blanket of snow

The sprint athletes worked on a variety of start drills, form running, resistance running, and overspeed training

In the overspeed drill Coach Dougherty 'towed' runners to a higher speed which athletes then maintained when 'released'.

Catholic Memorial has had success with its sprint relays. Athletes were drilled in quick hands stationary handoffs [school record is 3 exchanges in .49 seconds] as well as a bunched drill where all four runners in a tight pack exchange the baton while running at speed. The athletes below are working on the 'high handoff' technique which is a trademark of Catholic Memorial sprint relay teams. Example from the 2014 Nelson Daniels Classic at UW-Whitewater showing Emily Kern and Erin Jaynes.