On Tuesday, Feb, 26, 2019, Central Bucks West senior Luke Fehrman was recognized for committing to continue his track career at the University of Hartford. To view photos of the event, please visit the Photo Gallery at the following link: https://solsports.zenfolio.com/p173290517
Luke Fehrman – University of Hartford (Track & Field)
Major: Prosthetics and Orthotics
Final list of colleges: Hartford, Catholic, Virginia Tech, Rhode Island, Maryland
Reasons for choosing Hartford: “I chose Hartford because I wasn’t just going to be a number. I will have a close relationship with my professors, and there was this major opportunity that I wanted to take. I was real focused on my education, and the coach at Hartford had a great plan for what she thought of me in the future, turning me into a better runner in specific ways, which drove me to make that decision.”
What was the progression that led you to competing in track and field at the collegiate level? “I always wanted to compete in college, and I want to even compete beyond college if I can. I didn’t start really loving it until sophomore year. When we won our state title, I knew there was a lot of potential in the team and myself, and I knew I could take it further, and that’s why I wanted to do it in college.”
Coach Greg Wetzel says: “As a junior, Luke was our MVP last year and he was our King of the Points. Last year we had several members of our team go Division 1, and due to this, Luke was not ranked higher than third in any one event on a pretty elite team. So, it was incredibly impressive that Luke was able to still be our King of the Points, meaning he scored the most points for our team. The explanation for this paradox is simple: he was always willing to answer the bell.
“This year, Luke anchored our 4x800 relay to a fourth place finish at the indoor state meet and ran 49 seconds on the 4x400 relay to finish third place this year at the indoor state meet. Luke also earned his third consecutive State Championship in the outdoor 4x800 relay this spring and was a part of a prolific 4x400 relay that posted four of the top five times in program history within the last eight days of the season in their last four races at the District and State Championships, including school records on back-to-back days at the State Championships. The 4x400 relay placed third in the State Championship final with Luke’s 48-second split and ran 3:16.50, a time strong enough to win nine years out of 10.
“Back-to-back to back State Championships only occur a few times a decade in any event, classification, or gender in Pennsylvania track and field. The fact that Luke was able to be a part of the team that accomplished this feat when he was the only returning runner his senior year speaks volumes about how he builds the team around him through his action. By virtue of these eight incredible State Championship performances, Luke is all-state in eight separate seasons of track and field over his four-year high school career. Luke brings all of the intangibles we could hope for in an athlete. He does things right all of the time and brings along the younger athletes with pride. It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Luke. Hartford is very fortunate to have one of our most decorated track and field athletes in school history quietly lead their middle-distance crew.”
West soccer coach Stefan Szygiel says: “Luke was a guy that ever since he came in as a freshman we knew that athletically he was someone that would be on the field for us, and he would move around. Sure enough, that’s how his four-year career went. He played a bunch of different roles for us. He ended up bagging a ton of goals and assists throughout his four-year career in key moments and key games. The guys was an ice-in-the-veins competitor for us. He was basically a guy that we could put in any spot, save for maybe goalkeeper and central defender. He’s pretty much rotated all around the field – outside back, midfield, up top. He’s a guy we could always rely on. He understood what it meant to be part of this program and to represent his high school. I think that was a common theme with this 2019 class. It was just a really, really special group, and it was evident with how the results went the past couple of years, especially the past two seasons, which were banner seasons for the program. Guys like Luke, Carson (Snyder) and Reed (Sturza) were a huge part of that.”
Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite movie: Lone Survivor
Favorite music: Country