Anticipation was high going into the Section meet held at SJU for seniors Austin Pelkey and Connor Wittenberg. They were looking for a repeat of last year and qualifying to go to State by winning the 4x400 Relay competition. Connor went into the Section competing in 4
events as well as Pelkey. Both competitive athletes with the talent to get them to the next level. Connor would qualify to advance in the 110 hurdles. Pelkey ran his 200 prelim and then on his first longjump he pulled a muscle; so bad that he was unable to compete in the rest of his events. He was devastated; his dreams of advancing to state in his sprints, the 200 and 400, or the longjump, or the relay were gone. So Austin Marx, the alternate filled in. But mentally the downed team mate might have hindered the relay team’s hopes. They finished fourth.
The heartwarming part of this whole sad story is: After the race, Connor Wittenberg gave his Section Medal to his teammate, Austin Pelkey. What a kind gesture to this heartbroken friend. TFFs: Track Friends Forever.
Connor Wittenburg (left) and EV-W-K track teammate Austin Pelkey (right).