Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. and The Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week's male Gamer of the Week to senior Aaron Withrow and freshman Matthew Scheneberg of the Winfield High School track team.
The senior/freshman duo of Aaron Withrow and Matthew Scheneberg have continued Winfield's long, successful run in track over the course of this season.
Withrow, the University of Kentucky-bound runner, capped off his four years as one of the most successful runners in the school's history. He finished 1st in the 800m and 1600m at the WV Gazette Relays with a PR of 4:17.22 in the 1600. His encore performance at Regionals saw him take home 1st in the 800, 1600, 3200, and 4x400 relay. To cap off the season, he won all four of those same events at the state tournament to earn four individual state championships for the second-straight year.
Matthew Scheneberg, although a fresh face to the high school track scene this year, proved his worth time and time again, pushing Withrow in many events. At Gazettes, he took home 1st place as a member of the 4x800 relay team, 4th in the 800, 3rd in the 1600, and 2nd with a PR of 9:50.26 in the 3200. At the regional meet, he took home 3rd in both the 800 and 1600. With a year of experience now under his belt, he hopes to be a force to be reckoned with for the next three years.
Both young men attributed their success this season to a lot of hard work and preparing themselves in the best ways they knew how.
Scheneberg stated, "I think it's been a combination of me putting a lot of hard work in and having a great group of guys and coaches to push me along and support my development."
Withrow was able to reflect more on his four years by sharing, "I've just worked really hard in the off-seasons. I've been blessed with a God-given ability, and I'm very thankful for that, but I've also worked really hard to be the best I can be."
Boys track coach Shawn Anderson said both guys had been vital this season to building up the distance program.
"Both have been a big part of what we've done this year. Aaron, having been a senior leader for us, has helped with Matthew. The two of them push each other and work together in practice to make themselves better."
Aaron noted that their main focus was to win the team title after finishing in second place last year.
"We have a lot of seniors on the team and we'd like to send them all out with a team title. It would obviously be great to get some of these young guys a ring to start their careers as well."
Having accomplished this goal over the weekend, both boys can be proud of their contributions to making it happen. Coach Anderson wanted to add that both guys are great role models for the other members of the team and fantastic young men to be around and coach.
While Matthew is unclear about his post-high school plans given his freshman standing, Aaron has committed to run track and cross country for the University of Kentucky and study economics.
Please look for other local high school athletes to be named in next week's male Gamer of the Week Sponsored by Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. and The Putnam Herald.
Jonah Skiles, MBA, is the Director of Fitness Operations at Teays Physical Therapy Center and Potential Plus.