2017 Senior Class
Sam Bond – This is Sam’s 3rd year on the team as a pole vaulter. In addition to pole vaulting, Sam is also a member of the gymnastics team, NHS, Hawk Leaders, SALT and band. Her plan after graduation is to go to K-State to major in human studies and family relations with a minor in art. Sam would like to be an art therapist after college. Favorite memory: Junior year at the Baker meet when she finally got her PR for pole vault. Advice to underclassmen: Never let yourself get frustrated when something doesn’t go the way you wanted. Keep pushing and working hard and that will lead to your success.
James Evans – This is James’ 4th year on the OE Track and Field Team as a sprinter in the 100 and 200. He has also competed in the 400 in the past. James also played football his freshmen year. Other activities at East include NHS, OEDS, a Christian discipleship group and the Nighthawks Jazz Band. James plans to attend K-State in the fall, majoring in international business. He hopes to continue international travel, including an annual trip to the rainforest in Panama to work with the Wounaan tribe. After college, James would like to earn his degree and possibly travel. He is considering a ministry degree after receiving his undergraduate work. Favorite memory: Running the Sprint Medley at KU Relays his sophomore year. Advice: Listen to Coach Wallace – he knows what he’s talking about.
Jake Gartenberg – Jake has been a part of OE Track for all 4 years competing in: 800, 1600, 4 x 800 and 4 x 400. He is also a member of the swim team, Cross Country, Hawk Leaders, NHS and SNHS. After graduation, Jake will be attending the University of Arkansas majoring in finance and information systems. After college, Jake would like to work for a technology company. His favorite memory from track is the OE State Championship and 4 x 800 state champs with Murad, Steven and Nathan. Advice: Don’t be a stupid idiot!
Nathan Lucas – Nathan has been a part of OE Track for 4 years running the 110 and 300 hurdles. He is also a member of NHS. His plans after high school are to start at JCCC, then head to K-State where he will pursue a degree in optometry. After college, Nathan would like to be an optometrist and own a horse ranch. His advice: Run fast, turn left.
Logan Matters – During Logan’s 4 years on OE Track, he has competed in many events such as the 800, 100, 200, 400, 4 x 100, 4 x 400 and pole vault. Besides track, Logan is involved in FCA and ran on the cross country team for 3 years. He plans to attend the University of Concordia in Nebraska to study computer science and engineering. After college, Logan would like to design and develop new technology. His favorite memory from track is running his PR in the 4 x 400. Advice: Don’t cut corners in the workouts; it only hurts yourself.
Jordan Rehagen – This is Jordan’s first full year of high school track. She runs hurdles sprints and high jump/ long jump. She also played basketball for 4 years. She is planning on attending University of Nebraska – Lincoln and double majoring in marketing and pre-nursing. After college she would like to be a nurse anesthetist. Her favorite memory is joking around with the 4×4 team before meets. Her advice is to never eat flaming hot Cheetos right before you run, and to work hard but have fun while doing it.
Renee Rosinski – Renee has been a part of the OE Track team for 4 years. During this time she has run the 800 and 4 x 800. She also runs cross country and is part of the Leadership Program, NHS and FCA. Next year Renee plans to attend the University of Arkansas to focus on a major in nursing. After college, she would like to be a nurse in a hospital in Fayetteville or back in Kansas somewhere. Favorite memory from track: Bo was leaning on a hurdle talking to us after our workout and it broke and he fell onto the track and after we all realized he was ok, we laughed about it the rest of practice. Advice to underclassmen: Don’t take your gifts or your team for granted. Also run fast because the faster you run, the faster you’re done.
Emily Schmeeckle – Emily has been running for OE Track for 4 years including: 800, 1600, 3200 and 3200 relay. In addition to running track, she is also a member of the Cross country team, NHS, SNHS, Hawk leaders, The 21 st century leadership program, Student Athletic Leadership Team (SALT). After high school, she plans to continue running through the running club at the University of Arkansas however not competitively. Go hogs! Emily would like to study nursing but is not sure of a specific area. She would like to travel and hopefully bring nursing to places that need it. Her favorite memory from track is when Coach Bo casually tried to lean back on a hurdle then fell over breaking the hurdle and probably something in his body too. Don’t talk back to Wally, you will never be right. Wear your sweats. Warm up and cool down properly you will feel a lot better. Lastly give your best effort because after all 4 years you will be so much better, and have fun!
Will Tindall – Will has run track for all 4 years competing in the 3200, 1600, 800 and 4 x 800. He also ran cross country all 4 years. After graduation, he plans to continue running track and cross country at Missouri Western State University while majoring in construction management. After college, Will would like to manage the construction of houses and buildings and continue to compete in road races. His favorite memory from track is cutting down a tree with a rock for Coach Wallace. Advice to underclassmen: Work hard in practice for good results in meet.
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Ryan Weishaar – Ryan has been a part of the OE Track team for 4 years and has competed in the 800, 1600, 4 x 400 and 4 x 800. He also plays soccer, runs cross country and is a member of NHS, SNHS and FCA. After graduation, Ryan plans to attend KU and major in physical therapy. After college, he would like to be a physical therapist or trainer of a college. Qualifying for state in the mile along side Anders Hanson and Nicholas Skinner is one of Ryan’s favorite memories of track. Advice to underclassmen: Trust the process because there are no shortcuts. Run fast, turn left.
Tanner Westbrook – Tanner ran track during his Freshmen year at ONW. He competed in the 400 and 4 x 400. This year at Olathe East he runs the 400. After graduation, he will be attending JCCC for a couple of years before finishing his degree in film. He would like to pursue a career working on movies. His favorite memory is all the friends he has made in track. Advice for underclassmen: Always give it your all and never cheat yourself.
Jillian Wilson – This is Jillian’s 4th year on the OE Track and Field team. She has competed in many events including: long jump, triple jump, 4 x 100, 100 and 200. Besides track, she is involved in Art Club, IPS and Volleyball. Jillian will be attending JCCC in the fall and then plans to transfer to KU or UMKC to study nursing. After college, she would like to be a neonatal nurse. Her favorite memory from track is the Baker Relays – “the best meets to go to”. Advice: Track is really hard but as long as you respect the coaches and do what you are told, you will be successful.