WAXHAW, NC – Coach Dustin Allen and his Cuthbertson High School track team continue to pile up awards and accolades, and they just added Boys NCHSAA 3A State Championship and Girls NCHSAA 3A State Championship! This is the fifth year in a row that the girls’ team has taken home a title for the State Championship, held at North Carolina A&T State University. After the State Championships, the team went to Nationals in Oregon as a club team, Carolina Cavaliers. There they had 5 relays become All American Times and came in Top 6 in the nation with 3 relays holding national runner-up times.
The Girls NCHSAA 3A State Championship team finished with 90.5 points from 26 athletes. The girls 4×800 set a 3A state meet record for the win. Alyssa Preisano won the 800 and also set a 3A state record to win the 1600. The boys won their NCHSAA 3A State Championship with 80 points contributed by 17 athletes. No one on the boys team placed lower than 4th, which means that every athlete made the podium! Coach Allen shared, “It took lots of hard work and trust in one another. These kids really needed to believe to make this happen.”
The Nationals were a bit different because they were running as a team instead of a school. However, that didn’t impact their winning streak. At Nationals, they placed 4th in Mixed 4×4, 5th in 4×1, 2nd in Sprint Medley Relay, 2nd in the Swedish Relay, 2nd in the 4×2, and 7th in the 4xMile setting a new NC state record. The meet was just after the Olympic Track and Field Olympic Qualifying Meet. Cole Hocker, a runner for University of Oregon headed to the 2021 Olympics, was at the meet, and the athletes were very excited to meet an Olympian.
While every member on Coach Allen’s teams deserves recognition for their achievements, Ellie Sawicki and Jacob Koerner both received regional recognition for their achievements.
Student Highlight: Ellie Sawicki – SCC Girl’s Field Athlete of the Year
Ellie Sawicki, a rising Senior (Class of ‘22) at Cuthbertson High School, was awarded Cuthbertson Track Most Improved Athlete 2019 and Southern Carolina Conference (SCC) Girl’s Field Athlete of the Year. Sawicki throws shot-put and discus and has been on the team for 2 years. “Coach Allen has been a big cheerleader of mine throughout my track career,” Sawicki explained. “He has helped me find coaches to train with, allowed me to take steps that best benefit my training, and has given me an inclusive team to be a part of. I am still fairly new to this sport and I am so grateful for how far I have come,” she continued. “I began training CrossFit halfway through my throwing career; this is where I have noticed much improvement. Track has taught me passion and dedication and has really become one of the most important things in my life.” Next year, she is looking forward to breaking her discus record, qualifying for Nationals and carrying her track career into college.
Student Highlight Jacob Koerner
Jacob Koerner, a member of the Cuthbertson High School Track team since his freshman year, was awarded Most Valuable Player 2021, Cuthbertson Athlete of the Year, 2021 SCC Track Athlete of the Year, Team Captain Junior year, 100m school record, 200m school record, as well as a 4x All American and a 4x State Champion. “I was inspired to run in 8th grade when my football season was over,” Koerner shared. “I hadn’t really thought much of track at the time, and I wanted to do it with my friends. It wasn’t until high school that I started striving to be the best.” Koerner is graduating this year but is not giving up running. “I will be continuing my athletic and academic career at the University of Michigan where I will be majoring in Nursing,” he adds.
Don’t mistake these wins for being done, because Coach Allen and his track stars aren’t slowing down for the 2021/2022 season. They will be back in the weight room on August 26 to start conditioning. Cuthbertson High School classes will start again at the end of August, and Indoor Track meets start in November.
Congratulations to Coach Dustin Allen and all of the Cuthbertson Cavaliers on their incredible wins!