Connect with us

GSPN

SHEEDY THE LONE PANTHER REP IN OKINAWA TRACK MEET

Guam High Panther Emma Sheedy was the lone representative of Guam High competing in Friday’s 14th Alva W. “Mike” Petty Memorial Track and Field Meet at Okinawa’s Kubasaki High School.

By Dave Ornauer
Special to Guam Sports Network

Guam High School’s track and field team was more than ready to run. All one of them.

Guam’s Emma Sheedy takes part in the 14th Alva W. “Mike” Petty Memorial Track and Field Meet at Okinawa’s Kubasaki High School. (courtesy photo)

Emma Sheedy, the Panthers senior, was the lone representative of Guam High competing in Friday’s 14th Alva W. “Mike” Petty Memorial Track and Field Meet at Okinawa’s Kubasaki High School. The meet is named for the late Mike Petty, the former Kubasaki athletics director and father of high school track and field on Okinawa who died of cancer 26 years ago.

Sheedy didn’t come away from Okinawa from the results for which she had hoped. But the reigning island cross-country champion and last year’s island 400 and 800 champion, still felt good about her first track and field competition against DODEA Pacific athletes other than her own Panthers teammates.

“I loved it,” said Sheedy, after she finished fourth in her signature event, the 800, and third in the 400 and second in her first time running the 1,600. “It was fun to run against other DODEA athletes. It was the first time I’ve ever done it.”

It was also the next-best thing she’ll ever come to competing in a DODEA Pacific Far East track meet. Due to a ruling handed down in the fall of 2014, schools on Guam are no longer invited to DODEA Pacific Far East sports events; they had been part of Far Easts dating back to boys basketball tournaments in the 1960s.

Not being party to that didn’t faze Sheedy nor her father, Guam High principal Jason Sheedy. They made the trip to Okinawa and became a Panther Army of One for at least that one day. Speaking as a track father and not as the principal, the elder Sheedy remarked: “I think we could compete against this group.”

Sheedy went up against a star-studded distance lineup that featured reigning Okinawa cross-country champion Elizabeth Joy of Kubasaki and Nile C. Kinnick’s distance triad of Erin Stonebarger, Rissa Eilmes and reigning DODEA Japan and DODEA Pacific Far East cross-country champion Taryn Cates-Beier.

All five ran the 1,600-meter race, which after a couple of laps became a match race between Joy and Sheedy, with the latter leading most of the way until Joy blew past her on the far turn of the last lap. Joy clocked a personal-best 5:36.94, while Sheedy was next with 5:41.67. Cates-Beier was third in 5:51.91, then came Eilmes in 5:53.68 and Stonebarger in 5:59.57.

Sheedy normally runs the 1,500 meters on island. Asked if the extra 100 meters made a difference, she said, “It is a different race and it’s different going against different people. She (Joy) has a really good kick. I knew on that last lap, she was going to kick, but not like that.”

Kubasaki’s Sophia Brown won the 400 in 1:05.65. Sheedy took third place in 1:06.20. In the 800, Joy clocked 2:30.24, followed by Cates-Beier (2:33.17), Stonebarger (2:34.79) and Sheedy (2:40.57).

“It’s nice to know where I’m starting off my season,” Sheedy said of her other purpose for running at Mike Petty. Guam’s high school track and field season begins Friday at Guam High School’s Agana Heights campus.

Ad

GPS Sports Calendar

June

July 2020

August
SU
MO
TU
WE
TH
FR
SA
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
Events for July

1st

No Events
Events for July

2nd

No Events
Events for July

3rd

No Events
Events for July

4th

No Events
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
Events for July

5th

No Events
Events for July

6th

No Events
Events for July

7th

No Events
Events for July

8th

No Events
Events for July

9th

No Events
Events for July

10th

No Events
Events for July

11th

No Events
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
Events for July

12th

No Events
Events for July

13th

No Events
Events for July

14th

No Events
Events for July

15th

No Events
Events for July

16th

No Events
Events for July

17th

No Events
Events for July

18th

No Events
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
Events for July

19th

No Events
Events for July

20th

No Events
Events for July

21st

No Events
Events for July

22nd

No Events
Events for July

23rd

No Events
Events for July

24th

No Events
Events for July

25th

No Events
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
Events for July

26th

No Events
Events for July

27th

No Events
Events for July

28th

No Events
Events for July

29th

No Events
Events for July

30th

No Events
Events for July

31st

No Events

Foody’s 5 Fun Facts

St. John’s Knight Aarman Sachdev

Polls

Would you like to see the first ever 2020 Fantasy Baseball Drafted teams compete against each other?

View Results

DID U KNOW?

Since forming the GNYFF in 2009, the league has never gone without a season until 2020. The league announced their plans to cancel the 2020 season amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

COMING SOON …

ALL SPORTING EVENTS HALTED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS ISSUE

QUICK HITS

RIP: Former Guam football player Phil Mendiola, shown here with son Tano, passed away in Las Vegas due to a heart attack. Mendiola played for numerous Guam teams from youth to varsity. He was 39.
—————————————————-
Morgan McKenna (left with black face mask) poses for a photo with Guam Football Association Technical Director Sang Hoon Kim (seated, with blue face mask) and Guam Football Association Assistant Technical Director Ross Awa (standing) after signing his letter of commitment to play intercollegiate men’s soccer for Muskingum University in Ohio. The Fighting Muskies compete in NCAA Division III’s Ohio Athletic Conference.

More in GSPN