Track coach wins state award

Track coach wins state award

By Taylor Young

Assistant track coach Cory Wurtz prepares his javelin for the upcoming season on Friday, Dec. 9. “I was humbled. I received a letter that said I won the award and there is a presentation in January,” Wurtz said.

Alana Flinn, reporter

Assistant track coach Cory Wurtz was awarded the Kansas Cross Country Track and Field Coaches Association’s Assistant Coach of the Year Award for coaching javelin.

Head track coach Chris Dunback nominated Wurtz for the award because of the success he has had with his athletes.

“He deserves it,” Dunback said. “It’s as simple as that.”

In his six years of coaching, Wurtz has had 14 state qualifiers, 10 of which placed. He has also coached two state champions.

When Wurtz began coaching the track team, the boy’s javelin record was 165 feet. Since he has been coaching, the record has increased to 224 feet.

According to Wurtz he feels honored and humbled of his award, because there are only 11 KCCTFCA awards given out each year. He also attributes his success to his athletes’ drive.

“It’s not just my coaching that gives these athletes success,” Wurtz said. “I’ve been successful because of the athletes.”

Wurtz will attend an awards presentation in Junction City, Kan., on Saturday, Jan. 7, to accept his award in front of track coaches from around the state.

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