On September 30, 2017, seminarians and resident priests of Sacred Heart Major Seminary participated in the third annual track meet. Seminarians gathered on the Bishop Walter J. Schoenherr track—located on Sacred Heart’s campus—for friendly competition, prayer, and fraternity.
The track meet has been an annual Sacred Heart tradition for the past three years. John Carlin, a second-year graduate seminarian for the Archdiocese of Detroit, was the track meet coordinator for the third consecutive year. He first established the track meet as an opportunity for seminarians to use the newly built track and build fraternity among the men.
A total of thirty-two runners began the track meet by praying and singing the national anthem together. They then competed in various races including sprints, long-distance running, and relays. Between events, they were able to enjoy fresh cider and donuts. The annual track meet provided an opportunity for seminarians to interact with each other outside of the classroom and served as a great afternoon of fun and fraternity.
The runners scoring the most individual points were John Sira from the Diocese of Saginaw with 10.75 points, followed by James Bird (8.50) and Derik Peterman (8.50) from the Archdiocese of Detroit. Emiljan Ukaj (6.25) from the Archdiocese of Detroit and Jack Pfeiffer (5.50) from the Diocese of Kalamazoo rounded out the top five.