Every athlete has his dream. For Richard Schmidtz, a varsity runner at Schreiber High School, his dream was to qualify to compete in "The States" and to break 10 minutes in the 3,200-meter race.
As the winter track season progressed so did Schmidtz. At the county meet he finished fourth with a tie of 10.08.7. At the state qualifier race, with a come-from-behind, first-place finish, his time was a personal record of 10:00.7. At the state meet, held at Barton Hall on the Cornell University Campus, Schmidtz finally broke the 10-minute mark! What's more is that he improved his personal record by more than 15 seconds. His overall time was 9:45:62 for fifth place. There were 32 runners and these competitions were the best of the best.
"We have been working on improving his speed all winter. Taking 15 second off one's time is an amazing improvement in the course of one season," said Coach Robin Cooper. "This is a tremendous accomplishment, especially when you take into consideration that this is his first season competing in winter track."
"I am thrilled that I broke 10 minutes at the state meet," said Schmidtz. "I have been working with Coach Cooper to improve my splits this winter and we accomplished what we set out to do. I have had a lot of support from my teammates on the Port Washington winter track team. Now I look forward to the spring track season."