It was a night for the senior class.
Five seniors shared center stage as head coach Joe Evener recognized the 2014 special awards recipients at the 2014 Big Walnut Girls Track Awards Banquet held Tuesday, May 27 in the high school gymnasium.
Jamie Annis and Olivia Daggett were were honored with the program’s top two awards for their performances during the season. Annis, who earned All-Ohio honors with a third-place finish with a time of 0:14.78 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles at the Division I OHSAA State Meet, received the team’s High Point Award. Daggett was presented with the coveted Golden Eagle Award which recognizes both academic and athletic achievements for a senior with a 3.0 Grade Point Average and is based on 40 percent character, 30 percent scholarship and 30 percent athletic ability.
Joining Daggett and Annis were classmates Kristen Carty, who earned Most Valuable Athlete recognition; Hannah Griffith, who was presented with the Most Improved Award; and Catie Craig-Bowden, who received the Senior Leadership Award.
Junior Avery Kerns joined her teammates at center stage with her acceptance of the Coaches Award.
Big Walnut enjoyed a competitive season in the Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division, placing fourth with 89.50 points behind division champion New Albany (167.50) and rivals Olentangy (104) and Olentangy Orange (102).
Nine Golden Eagle, led by Annis, earned All-OCC recognition in three events. She is the reigning 110 hurdle champions, winning the event in 0:14.65 seconds. She earned Second Team honors with a second-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles (0:47.68). Also ran the anchor leg on the 4x400 relay team, joining Sara Althauser, Daggett and Kerns to a third-place finish in 4 minutes, 13.62 seconds). Kerns also earn Second team recognition in the high jump with a leap 0f 5 feet.
Also earning Third Team honors were sophomore Samantha Rammelsberg, who anchored junior Khaliyah Medlock, sophomore Anna Mackey and Carty to a third in the 4x100 relay in a time of 0:54.01; junior Cassie Walaszek, who was third with a distance of 31 feet, 1 1/4 inches in the shot put; Griffith, who was third in the discus at 95-10; and Rammelsberg, who was third in the long jump, 15-6 1/4.
At the Division I Regional at Pickerington North High School, two Golden Eagles placed with Annis taking second in the 100 hurdles and 10th in the 300 hurdles while Kerns placed seventh in the high jump.
Evener awarded 27 varsity letters to his 46-girl squad. Seniors Amber Shaheen, Olivia Small, Annis and Catie Craig-Bowden received their varsity blankets as four-year letter winners. Third-year letters were presented to Carty and Daggett as well as to juniors Samantha Godby, Makenna Hemming, Mikaela Smith, Kerns and Walaszek. Second-year varsity letter recipients included Griffith along with juniors Addison Shawver and Medlock; sophomores Althauser, Mackey and Samantha Rammelsberg. Earning their first varsity letter were seniors Devin Ardner and Miranda Rammelsberg; juniors Hannah Gollihugh and Sarah Bickel; sophomore Colleen White; and freshmen Emma Grumney, Bryn Rammelsberg, Anna Vrancken, Alaina Wandling and Caroline Craig-Bowden.
Senior Plaques were presented to Annis, Carty, Cati Craig-Bowden, Daggett, Shaheen and Small.
Pins were presented to juniors Grese Berisha, Maira Daemon-Bordieri, Hannah Boseker, Kayla Corbin and Courtney Holland; to sophomores Madison Bayer, Madeline Bodie, Casey Kibler, Erin Lanning, Erin Lescinsky, Gabriella Pecci, Ariana Sipes and Kayle Tanner; and to freshmen Andrea Bryan, Julie Foreman, Emily Hoffmann, Maya Israel, Kaylea Senters and Morgan White.
On the academic side, 20 members of the girls track squad were recognized led by Daggett who was honored as an OCC Scholar/Athlete (Senior, 3.50 Grade Point Average). Big Walnut Scholar Athletes (Varsity Letter 3.20 GPA) recognized included seniors Annis, Ardner, Carty, Cati Craig-Bowden, Daggett, M. Rammelsberg, Shaheen and Small; juniors Bickel, Godby, Kerns, Shawver, Smith and Walaszek; sophomores Althauser, Mackey and S. Rammelsberg; and freshmen Caroline Craig-Bowden, Grumney and Vrancken.
Evener was assisted with the awards presentations by assistant coaches Don “Red” Edwards, Mike Ryder, Dora Riggs and Melissa Pecci as well as by volunteer coaches Kevin Abrams and Nathan Goettemoeller.