US Track & Field
Boys and girls practice together. Students from Grades 9-12 may participate in local and regional track and field competitions. The track team plans to participate in regional and statewide track meets.
Season: March 20 - May 26
Practice: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 3:15 - 4:45pm
Coaches: Lois Szeliga and Kristen Yonkman
Coach: Kristen Yonkman
Coach: Lois Szeliga
Kristen began running when she was 13 months old and just hasn’t stopped. Raised in Encinitas, California, she played soccer and ran track through high school. She won league championships in the 100, 200, long jump, and high jump and competed in the CIF San Diego Section Finals in high jump each year. Kristen attended Calvin College where she double-majored in art and philosophy. She played four years of soccer, earning All- MIAA First Team honors as a defender. In track and field she trained under Coach Kim, a two-time Olympian and three-time NCAA Coach of the Year.Kristen competed in heptathlon before shifting her focus back to sprints and jumps. She became an NCAA All-American in the 4x100 m relay her sophomore season. While attending Westminster Seminary California, Kristen coached high school track and field and soccer at a nearby Christian school. After moving East, she continued to coach while working as a personal trainer specializing in sports performance, injury prevention, and sports nutrition.
Kristen teaches MS/US art at Wilberforce. She values every chance to encourage and challenge students in their faith in Jesus Christ and enjoys the unique opportunities presented in the art room and through athletics. She lives in Hamilton, NJ with her husband and two children. She is still up for a challenge and enjoys running fast and strength training as well as backpacking and water sports.
Lois grew up in Watchung, NJ where she began running competitively at age 9 by participating in the Jr. Olympics program. After 4 years of running cross country and track for her high school, Lois continued to run all 4 years of college for Rutgers University (cross-country, 800m, and 1500m). Throughout her running career, Lois’ (high-school sweetheart) husband Dan could be seen trailside and trackside with signs of “Go Lois”. Following a successful career in pharmaceutical sales, Lois was thrilled to stay home to care for her 6 children, Danny, Nate, Eve, Aaron, Josie, and Gabby. She is grateful to give back to a school and a sport that have given her so much. She knows firsthand the value of lessons learned for life and for faith through running.