Updated: Jan 13
Trotwood, OH--- Trotwood-Madison High School has taken trips to the Ohio Division 2 State Finals in basketball, football (D-3), & most recently track this year. Although they didn't take home any hardware, it was the first time since the passing of Randy Waggoner (1944-2010), legendary Dayton Track Coach, that the team has taken such a large team to the State meet.
Since Waggoner's passing, Trotwood has been trying to find their groove on the track ever since. The Rams competed in the open 400, 200, & 300 meter hurdles along with the 4x1 & 4x4 relays. Building on that momentum, the now seasoned track squad is looking for revenge this off season.
Entering his fourth year as head coach, Jerel Freeman is very optimistic about the their upcoming season. "It was a great experience being able to take multiple events to the State, as opposed to my previous years taking two kids in open events the first year, and one relay team last year" Freeman tells FreeHype. "It was definitely a good feeling taking so many kids this year. Even more important, it was a learning experience for all of us moving forward."
Speaking on the upcoming season, Freeman says "The one thing I hope we as a team take from it, is the importance of making it out of the first day and into the Finals on Saturday." He continues, "We have to remember to take nothing for granted and just be ready to do whatever it takes to qualify through to the Finals."
Check out the team share's their perspective on their experience and one thing they took away from being there.
How was your experience going to State this year?
"I had a humbling experience going into State this year. I had particular goals that I set earlier in the season that I expected to achieve at State but things went a little differently but overall my experience was a blessing."
One thing that you will use from that experience going forward for next season?
"One thing that I will use going forward into my college track career is to keep my goals in mind throughout the season, not just at the beginning or the end."
- Jalen Shaw | Senior
"My experience at state was fun it was a lot of competition, hurt that we didn't come out with a great outcome.
One thing I will use from that experience going forward into next track season is to work harder so we can get on that podium in first place."
- Dallas Daniels | Junior
"An amazing experience that I never wanted to end.
Make sure I lean more on the hurdles and have the mindset to win next year State and not just want to compete to be on the podium."
-Josh Byars-Mason | Junior
"It was cool just to know I'm here competing with some of the fastest kids in the state.
Focus on the little things."
-Raveion Hargrove | Junior
"State was an unbelievable experience. With it being my first trip up there for track there was a lot of new things to experience.
We didn't get the outcome we wanted but the change to run in the state meet and get on the podium was a great way to end my track career. I learned to block out the atmosphere and focus on my game. I'll need this going into college football next year at Bowling Green State University."
- Darius Wortham | Senior
Trotwood-Madison 2017 State Track Team
All photos taken by Sheldon James Photography