Kougars News · Schoonveld Named Gary Post-Tribune All-Area 1st Team in Track and Field-High Jump


Freshman phenom Tay Schoonveld added yet another award to her historic season, recently being named to the best of the best in The Region, as she made the Gary Post-Tribune All-Area 1st Team, a very prestigious list. The stellar athletes that made this list were placers at the state meet, and Schoonveld was the top freshman in the state meet high jump, earning All-State honors with her outstanding 7th place medal finish. She cleared 5-5 with no misses, tying her personal record, and became the first All-Stater in the high jump from Kankakee Valley (KV) since the great Lindsey Singleton in 2003. She also had very good attempts at 5-6. Also an excellent soccer and basketball player, “Schoon” won the conference, (NCC) sectional and regional high jump competitions, a very rare feat, versus tremendous competition. She was also named All-NCC 1st Team in the high jump and led her team to their 8th sectional championship in 9 years, by also winning the 400 (61.43) at sectional and placing 5th in the 100 hurdles. Her team also won the Gene Edmonds Relays for the 5th straight year, their 31st big meet title in the past 15 years, won the KV Invite, were 9-2 on the regular season and tied for 3rd overall in the very tough NCC.  Schoonveld joins recent KV legends and school-record (SR) holders Jenna Jungels, (now competing at Indiana University), and Cat Cavinder (an Air Force Academy signee), in a very impressive streak of not only All-Area performers, but in the past seven years, KV has had a state placer in six of them! Jungels had many All-State placings from 2013-2016 in the 100 hurdles, long jump and 300 hurdles, holds SEVEN SR’s, and was the indoor state meet long jump champion in 2015, a feat she repeated this year to win the Big Ten indoor title at over 20 feet! Cavinder holds the 400 SR at 59.10, and set the 800 SR with her blistering All-State 7th place run in 2018 of 2:14.07, at the state meet. Schoonveld joins that elite KV company with three more years to build on her phenomenal freshman year! Head Coach Lane Lewallen: “What an AMAZING season Tay had, and this All-Area honor is very much deserved, she was the best high jumper in The Region, versus many great athletes, as well as one of the best in the state. I was especially proud of how she competed at her best at the biggest meets and I am thrilled to have her for three more years leading our team.”   Go Kougs!!