Every varsity squad has those accomplishments that can only be described as memorable, and for the Wellsville-Middletown varsity track and field program this year that was Seth Oliver earning All-State accolades.
The reason he was issued this honor is that on May 20 at the class 1 state meet at Jefferson City High School he finished sixth in the 100 dash.
"Seth qualified for the finals in that event with a new school record of 11.39. Seth surpassed the previous mark of 11.5 set by Chris Hill, who earned All-State distinction in the 200 dash 15 years ago," said coach John Slovensky. "Seth also qualified for state in the triple jump, where he placed 13th. Seth was the first Wellsville-Middleton athlete to qualify for state in multiple events since Amy Gangloff in 2009. Seth becomes the 42nd athlete in school history to earn All-State distinction in track and field."
Even though Oliver was also the first Tiger to earn All-State recognition in the 100 dash, at sectionals on May 13 in St. Louis at Lutheran North High School he was just one of six athletes representing the school. This includes Tyler Bunch, Hannah Slovensky and freshmen Elizabeth Burdick, Erin Johnson and Lucy Schnitker.
"Seth qualified for state by placing in the top four in the 100m dash (second) and the triple jump (fourth). Seth also ran in the 200 dash and finished sixth," John Slovensky said. "Tyler finished seventh in the shot put and eighth in the discus. Lucy Schnitker, Hannah Slovensky, Elizabeth Burdick and Erin Johnson competed in the 4x800m relay and placed seventh, running their best time of the season. Hannah Slovensky also competed individually in the 3200 run and placed sixth."
Wellsville-Middletown's Lucy Schnitker also came in fifth in the 800 run st sectionals with a personal best time and just missed qualifying for All-State honors. As for Oliver, while he may have graduated from the Tigers, that doesn't mean their isn't chance his story might have one or two more chapters to go.
"Seth is a four-sport athlete, running track and cross country and playing basketball and baseball," said John Slovensky. "Seth continued his high school career playing in the Class 1 State Baseball Championship Game and plans to continue his basketball career at Missouri Valley College."