2020 SPRING SENIORS: Women's Track & Field

2020 SPRING SENIORS: Women's Track & Field

With the COVID-19 pandemic cancelling the spring sports season, the seniors of EMU's spring sports teams missed out on their Senior Recognition Day. These young men and women deserve to be honored and celebrated for their years of learning and growing as a Royals student-athlete.

EMU Athletics is running this special series as a way to recognize them, allowing each senior to speak for themselves as well as their coach to share about them.

The sixth article in our series celebrates the women's track and field team and their seniors, Savannah Bontrager and Kiana Childress.

Both women came to EMU after starting their collegiate careers at other schools. While they may not have had original intentions of joining the track and field program when they came to campus, these Royals sure found their stride once they did.

Savannah Bontrager 

~ Milford, Neb./Milford

What is your favorite memory of being a Royal?

Some of my favorite memories were traveling to meets with the team. I really loved when we went to the CNU meet at the beach and to Memphis for regionals. Good food, even better friends!

What is something you have learned about yourself while at EMU?

I've never run at this level before, so I really learned how to push myself outside of what I thought was possible, both physically and mentally.

What are your future plans?

Student teaching next fall and then hopefully working as a biology high school or middle school teacher. I think it would be fun to coach too!

Coach Bob Hepler says:

Savannah improved an incredible amount as a runner.  She is easily the 12th funniest person on the team.  She's also so smart and talented in too many areas of life.

 

 

Kiana Childress 

~ Palmyra, Va./Fluvanna County

What is your favorite memory of being a Royal?

I think my favorite memory would be the EMU Legacy Meet that we hosted for outdoor last year in 2019. It was nice seeing the community and friends actually seeing us compete on campus.

What is something you have learned about yourself while at EMU?

I've been dealing with multiple hamstring and quad injuries during my time as a track athlete at EMU. My indoor season was cut a bit short and I was in the process of getting healthy and preparing for the outdoor season. I was making so much progress and slowly seeing the results that I wanted, which makes this whole situation unfortunate. I had goals and specific times that I wanted to reach in the 200m and was branching out as a 400m sprinter as well. However, I'm grateful for the experiences and the amazing environment that this track and field program brings. I've definitely become more mentally stronger throughout the injuries and challenges in my specific events, but I thank Coach Bob and the rest of the coaching staff for their endless support.

What are your future plans?

I'm still in the process of networking and searching for grad school options in the midst of this COVID-19 madness. With that being said, I'm considering remaining at EMU to obtain my master's degree and this could give me a chance to fulfill that outdoor season in 2021.

Coach Bob Hepler says:

Great sprinter. Strong student. Amazing photographer. And a joy to coach.