The Richmond Hill High School Wildcat boys and girls track team just handed out their annual awards. The coaches recognized four athletes in all from this past season’s team.
For the girls team, two were named in the most improved category: sophomore Janelle McKinney and freshman Chelsea Callahan. McKinney ended up winning the region title for the 800 meter race while Callahan placed third in the region for the 1,600.
Two girls were awarded the Leadership Award: senior Jillian Yontz and sophomore Patricia Martinez. Yontz suffered an injury in the region competition but performed well, according to Coach Jimmy Hires. Both girls competed in multiple events.
For the boys, Most Improved honors went to freshman Garrett Vertullo and sophomore David Cassidy. Cassidy placed at state for the 1600 after winning the region crown while broke the five minute mark during the region 1600 meter race.
Two boys were awarded the Leadership Award: freshman Matt Gaddy and freshman Shaquille Walker. Gaddy impressed in the 400 while Walker went to state for the 400 meter race.
"As you can see by grade level of most of our winners, the future of this program is looking strong," Hires said. "We’ve got some really good young runners. If we could add a few more to the roster, the sky’s the limit."