The 2016 DGS girls track & field season officially came to a close with last night’s awards banquet. We would like to say a special thanks to the Hosic family for providing all of the pasta, and everyone else for bringing sides, deserts, and drinks. Also, thanks to Laura Duffy for creating the season video.
It was a night of celebration as all of the girls were presented with their various participation awards as well as several other special awards. There were 3 most improved awards given out, one for sprints, one for distance, and one for field events. Nicole Muccianti (Jr) was awarded most improved sprints. Natalie Olsen (So) was awarded most improved distance. And Asia Branch (So) was awarded most improved field events.
Sophomore, Katie Meyr (Jr) was awarded the Sportsmanship Award for remarkable spirited and team first attitude. Shaliyah Dixon-Tucker (Sr) and Michaela Hackbarth (Sr) were awarded co-winners of the Most Valuable Athlete award. Both athletes earned all-state honors in multiple events last weekend and accounted for all 29 state meet points that we scored. This is the 4th year in a row that Michaela has earned this award and the first time in team history that Co-MVP’s were named.
Team captains also presented several athletes with some special awards voted on by the team. Those awards went to Vanessa Patino (Jr) for ‘best track outfits’, Maddie Manganiello (So) for ‘best hair’, Kelley Hackbarth (So) for ‘best kick’, Shaliyah Dixon-Tucker (Sr) for ‘best form/stride’, Katie Meyr (So) for ‘most likely to become a coach’, Gabby Senne (S0) for ‘best cheerer’, and Alexus Allen (So) for ‘most likely to forget her spikes’.
The celebration concluded with Coach Pinnick addressing the topic of moving on. As was well known, he has retired from his coaching position and will be greatly missed. But our senior athletes also find themselves the similar situation of moving on from DGS. Coach Pinnick spoke about the joy of new adventures and opportunities that await. It was a fitting end to a fantastic season!