April's McHenry County Track and Field Meet in Huntley provided an indication of what kind of year it would be for Marengo sophomore Finn Schirmer.
Schirmer blazed around the corner in the 200 meters ahead of Huntley’s Dubem Anikamadu, a Kentucky signee and the defending champion. Schirmer won convincingly and went on to have an outstanding season.
He qualified for the IHSA Class 2A Boys State Meet in the 100 and 200 meters, the 110 high hurdles and with the Indians’ 4x400 relay team with Blaine Borhart, Jadon Kozin and Alex Leonard. He finished third in the 200 finals, and took fourths in the 100 and 110 high hurdles. It was the best state track performance in Marengo history.
Schirmer is the Northwest Herald Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year, chosen by the sports staff.
Schirmer, who explains how he likes to write things down, answered some questions from sports writer Joe Stevenson, who also likes to write things down.
What do you remember most about your state experience this season?
Schirmer: The one thing that comes to mind when I think of my experience at state is just having all of my family members there to cheer me on and support me. With my mother being a single parent, it’s not always easy for her to come to my meets but whether the meet was hours away or a home meet she was always there. Not that my father wasn't there to support me, but he lives in Downers Grove and he commutes to Chicago, so he had trouble making the meets. I always expected him to call me later that night so I can tell him all about my performance. It is also nice to have some great coaches in Brad Wignes and Kenny Johnson. Never once did they doubt my performance, and I am very thankful for them.
What are the biggest factors you consider when buying running shoes?
Schirmer: The most important thing I look for when I buy running shoes is fairly simple: If it's comfortable when you walk/run. It also depends on what you plan on doing in the shoes. If they are strictly running, then you want to make sure that you have enough support so you reduce the risk of injury. I wear Saucony for my track spikes and then Under Armor or Nike for running shoes.
What sport that you don’t play would you be good at?
Schirmer: I think that soccer would be my best sport that I don't currently play. I played all the way up until eighth grade and I feel that I've only grown as an athlete and a competitor. I wouldn't be too bad.
What is the funniest thing that ever happened to you during a competition?
Schirmer: This was the hardest question, but if I had to say the funniest thing that has happened during competition would be meeting a good friend of mine, Treven Kelleher, because we took a picture once and all his friends called him my “fanboy,” but really we’re pretty good friends now. So it’s the opposite now, because I'm his fanboy.
What is the last good movie you saw?
Schirmer: “Up” with my little siblings Raphael and Aurelio.
What would be your soap opera name (your middle name and the street you live on)?
Schirmer: David Grant.
Which one of your teammates inspires you?
Schirmer: Blaine Borhart. When I came into my freshman year track season he was a junior and he took me under his wing and really showed me what track in high school is all about. I owe him many thanks. His determination and perseverance have shown me that I should never give up and always give 110 percent. Blaine Borhart played a very big role in where I am at today. Another teammate of mine I would like to mention is Jadon Kozin. He and I have gotten a lot closer over the 2018 track season, and he has impacted the way I approach every practice and every meet. That one day my high school sports career will be over so I shouldn't take any of the practices or the meets for granted. The moral of the story is to never be satisfied.
What actor would play you in a movie about your life?
Schirmer: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
What would be your dream vehicle?
Schirmer: BMW 330i.
If you played baseball, what would be your walk-up song?
Schirmer: “Pony” by Ginuwine.
What is your favorite subject in school?
Schirmer: Probably English. I have always loved writing my own little stories and sometimes just writing my thoughts out.
What is the nicest gift you have ever given someone?
Schirmer: I gave my father my four sectional medals from my freshman year. Knowing that I have two amazing parents who are proud of me, regardless of whatever happens, is better than winning any race.
What is your favorite video game?
Schirmer: Fortnite. I love catching dubs with my bros. Blaine and Jadon actually brought their PlayStations to the state meet and we played during our free time at the hotel.
Whose throwback jersey would you most like to have?
Schirmer: The one I want most is LeBron James’ when he got drafted to the Cleveland Cavaliers and wore No. 6.
Who is your favorite professional sports team?
Schirmer: The Bears. They are on the up-and-up again.