Mykhaylo Hychka highlighed as ‘Chester Champion’

Chester. The senior hope to encourages younger students to follow in his footsteps.

| 08 May 2024 | 01:33

Mykhaylo Hychka, a senior at Chester Academy, hopes his success in track and field will spark others to join the sport. The Boys Weight Throw Section IX Champion also placed 14th in the state championship meet.

“Track and field is a relatively small community where everyone knows and learns from each other,” Hychka credits his start in track and field to Bobby Santangelo, who graduated from Chester Academy two years ago. Santangelo is now a member of The Catholic University of America track and field team in Washington.

Hychka started in his sophomore year after leaving basketball to focus on track and field.

“There are a lot of people [in track and field], but it’s not a very popular sport like football or basketball,” said Hychka, who hopes to introduce younger students to the sport and mentor them. “You kind of have to nag people to join. Bobby was the person who nagged me and got me to finally go to one practice and I fell in love with it. If I would’ve known about it, I would have joined sooner.”

His coaches say his work ethic and talent will continue to help him be successful.

“Mykhaylo is a hardworking student and athlete,” said Coach Kiara Nahoum.

Coach Harry Laboy added: “He will go extremely far with his incredible talent and will be greeted with amazing opportunities in the future.”