By David Fong
TROY — Graduation day was big for Gracie Huffman, her family, her friends … and the rest of the Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division.
Because now that the Troy graduate is gone — she’ll run track at Ohio University next year — the rest of the girls track and field athletes in the North may finally have a chance at the coveted GWOC North Athlete of the Year Award, which Huffman has owned the past three years in a row.
This spring, Huffman captured the award for a third time, an unprecedented feat in division history. She also was one of four Troy athletes or coaches to earn the division’s top honor this spring. In addition to Huffman, girls track and field coach Kurt Snyder was named GWOC North Coach of the Year for the fifth year in a row (unfortnately for the North, he won’t be graduating anytime soon), Troy senior baseball player Trenton Wood was named GWOC North Athlete of the Year and Troy softball coach Megan Campbell was named GWOC North Coach of the Year.
All told, Troy collected loads of individual accolades in all of the spring sports. Here’s a look:
Troy finished the season 22-7 (7-3 in the GWOC North), good for second place behind division champion Butler.
In addition to earning North Athlete of the Year honors, Wood — a pitcher/outfielder for the Trojans — was named to the GWOC All-Conference team, which honors players from all three divisions.
Joining Wood on the North Division first team were pitcher Ryan Lavy and outfielder Collin Moeller. Infielders Dalton Cascaden and Alec Demore, along with outfielder Josh Fulker, all were named to the second team. Infielder Jared Bair was named special mention.
Under Campbell’s guidance, the Trojans went 17-11 (7-3 in the GWOC North), finishing second to state-ranked Greenville.
Pitcher Mackenzie Vernon and infielders Allison Pierce and Rainy Rohlfs all were named first-team All-GWOC North. Infielder Victoria Adams and pitcher Natalie Henson were named to the second team. Outfielders Dani Lade and Megan Schreiber earned special mention.
Boys Track and Field
Stephen Jones earned a pair of awards for the Trojans, taking first-team All-GWOC North honors in the 3,200 and second-team honors in the 1,600. Zach Boyer was named to the first team in the 110 hurdles, while Troy Schultz was second team in the 800.
Troy’s 4×800 and 4×100 relay teams both earned second-team All-GWOC North.
Girls Track and Field
Huffman earned first-team All-GWOC North honors in four events — the 100, 200, 400 and as a member of the 4×200 relay team.
Morgan Gigandet picked up three awards, second team in both the 1,600 and 3,200 and first team as a member of Troy’s 4×800 relay. Lauren Freed was second-team All-GWOC North in both the long jump and as member of the Trojans’ 4×100 relay.
Dasia Cole was first-team All-GWOC North in high jump, while teammate Ashlin Colclasure was named to the second team. Kelsey Walters was first team All-GWOC North in the shot put, while Kylee Brooks was first team in the discus.
Luke Oaks was not only named first-team All-GWOC North, but was named to the GWOC All-Conference team, as well. The doubles team of Connor Oaks and Elijah Sadler also were named first-team All-GWOC North.
Shane Essick was named to the second team, while Matt Schmitt earned special mention.
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