Exeter-Milligan’s three sport standout Cameran Jansky committed to run track at Midland Universtiy last week.
Jansky, surrounded by her parents, high school track coaches, and Midland head coach Dan Gerber, signed on the dotted line in the Exeter-Milligan gym.
After an enjoyable visit to the campus Jansky found a place she could land. She is undecided on a major but has an interest in early childhood education.
According to Coach Gerber, Jansky appeared on his radar last year when he was recruiting another Exeter-Milligan student. One of the Exeter-Milligan track coaches “suggested that I take a look at Cameran. I started talking with her and I feel like she is a really good fit for us.”
Gerber wasn’t ready to plant Jansky in a spot on the team yet. “It’s really interesting with her being a three sport athlete. I think 800 has been her event but I think we will have a lot of time to figure out where her strengths are and where she can really thrive. . .she won’t be coming right off basketball season.”
He added, “I think that with the talent she has and her range, she can go either direction (400, 800, 1000 or mile). It’s exciting to see where we can put her to have the greatest success.”
Jansky helped lead the Timberwolves to the state volleyball tournament this year and was a vital part of the team’s success in basketball as well. She has been to the state track tournament twice with the exception of the COVID cancellation year. She is no stranger to athletic success.
Head girls track coach Katherine Smith agreed, noting, “She's very dedicated. She's intelligent. That's where I have seen the most growth in her. She's really grown to understand her races, the 400 and 800. She understands what it takes to train for those races.”
She also sees academic success in Jansky’s future, “Exeter-Milligan has a tradition of success. They’ve always figured out what it takes to be successful. Cameran has bought into that and she has been a critical part in keeping that tradition alive and contagious.”
Smith has enjoyed coaching Janksy the last few years, “Of course, I enjoy Cameran's dedication and enjoyment of track and field. It's not every day you get a kid who enjoys track and field. But, what I really enjoy most about the Cameran is the smile and spunk she brings to practice. That is contagious and others feed off of her and she not only enjoys track and makes others enjoy track.”
One of the challenges that Coach Gerber sees for Jansky is her comparative newness to track. “She hasn’t done a lot of indoor track. When you look at how many athletes are doing a full indoor season or cross country.”
One of the deciding factors for Jansky in going with track became apparent during COVID. “I realized how much I missed it. I have just been having a lot of fun with it this year so far. I hope to do the 800 and I am trying hurdles this year.”