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Track & Field - Boys

1933 National Champions

IHSA State Finalist
2013 4th Place

IHSA Sectional Champions2012, 2013

Chicago Catholic League Champions1921, 1923, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1980, 1991, 2013

Introduction


Saint Ignatius has a long history of success in track and field, with a banner full of championships and several recent graduates competing successfully at the college level. Our best athletes compete at the state level as qualifiers to the IHSA Championships. But we invite students of all levels and abilities to join our team. We are a no-cut sport, and every athlete who comes to practice every day, works hard, and supports his teammates gets a uniform and competes in our meets. We have athletes who run, jump, throw, and vault;and we work with all our athletes to find the events that best fit their talents and abilities.

Track season is the longest sports season at Saint Ignatius;starting in January and extending to the end of May. We practice and compete in all kinds of weather and under many different circumstances. The length of our season allows us to do some special things. We have more time to become mentally and physically prepared for our major events in the spring. Our athletes can sometimes make astonishing improvements in performance during the course of the season. We plan our training to be at the top of our game at the conference meet and the state track meet series in May.

Track and field competition is about hard work, diligence, and perseverance, but it is also about personal success, friendship, and fun. Athletes
who wish to have all of these things in their season need to adhere closely to the guidelines and philosophy of our program. They need to trust their coaches and their teammates. At times, an athlete might find himself entered in a race that he is reluctant to run. At times, he might not agree with every aspect of his training. But our athletes must trust that their coaches have planned carefully for both their personal success and the success of the team. They must know that everyone on the team is expecting the best for each other. For these reasons, we ask our athletes to prepare themselves to go beyond the limitations that they think they have. We ask them to be willing to stretch themselves while they also support their teammates as they attempt to go beyond their limits, as well.

Getting the most out of each individual;s talent;and sometimes discovering a talent that the athlete didn;t know he possessed;is one goal of our team. Success for each athlete translates into success for the team.

Coaching Staff

  • Ed Ernst — Varsity Head Coach
  • Nathan McPherson — Varsity Assistant Coach
  • Steve Bugarin — Varsity Assistant Coach
  • Mitchell George — Varsity Assistant Coach
  • Patrick Lewandowski — Varsity Assistant Coach
  • Ethan Roeder — Varsity Assistant Coach
  • Kieran Tobin — Varsity Assistant Coach

Philosophy

Track and Field at Saint Ignatius is a team sport. The team supports the individuals who must push themselves to face their physical, mental, and emotional limits. Individually we have special talents and abilities. Through genuine exertions and efforts, we will learn to recognize and use these talents. Supported by coaches and teammates, individuals will grow through the process of training and development;and through their accomplishments. Though separated by training regimens and the geography of tracks, pits, and cages, we are one team with one identity and one goal: to put in our best efforts every day. Our best efforts will make each of us;and our team;winners.