Clare Girls, Boys Look for Consecutive State Championships
CLARE – The track and field season is now in full swing and Clare has set a high standard for its program.
“We have probably 200 kids in the program and, for a school this size, that is pretty impressive. We are very lucky to have the kids come out. They want to compete. They want to be a part of the tradition,” said Adam Burhans, the boys head coach.
Both the girls and boys teams are coming off Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association Division 3 state championships in 2018.
Last season was the first time in school history both teams won titles in the same year.
“It was really special. That was the first time that happened in school history and we hosted, so it was especially awesome to be able to do that together,” said Kyle McKowan, the girls head coach.
Leading up to that accomplishment, the boys won the title in 2017 and the girls won in 2016.
“Coming off a state championship last year, it is a lot to put on yourself for the next year. A lot of our guys want to repeat it again, and we are working really hard every day to do what we did last year,” said senior Brenden Sersaw.
After losing some seniors on both sides, the boys and girls are excited to see some underclassmen step up.
“We have a lot of underclassmen that are coming up that are really strong and really fast that are continuing to build their experience on the team,” said senior Desiree Coe.