Chariton High School Senior Lubove Vahnenko is a member of both the CHS girls track and soccer team.
This would’ve been Vahnenko’s fourth year out for track and her second year out for soccer. She was last out for soccer in 9th grade and played on the JV team as a midfielder and forward. She said she would’ve played on the Varsity team this year as a midfielder or forward.
In track Vahnenko runs in both the 1,600 and 3,200-meters, which are the one and two-mile runs. She ran on Varsity the past three years in track. She usually placed third or fourth in the distance events at most meets this past season.
Vahnenko went over her hopes and goals for both track and soccer this season.
Soccer: “I wanted to get to play every game and to score at least one goal,” Vahnenko said.
Track: “I wanted to try to get to State in either or my events, but more so in the 3,200,” Vahnenko said.
Vahnenko told what she liked most about each sport.
Soccer: “I like that we’re together as a team and have fun. I also like the practices,” Vahnenko said.
Track: “I love the meets. When the race is going to start it’s really scary, but once you get going it’s really fun. I like my teammates also,” Vahnenko said.
Vahnenko said she likes the coaches in soccer and track. “The soccer coaches, Dennis and Andrew St. Lawrence, are really motivational and amazing. The track coaches, Bob Cain and Deb Seuferer, teach really well and explain how to get ready for a race. They help calm you down before a race if you’re really stressed out,” Vahnenko said.
Read the June 23, 2020 edition of the Chariton Leader/Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.