For the last four seasons, Eric Fogltanz has developed into one of Manitowoc Lincoln’s best track athletes.
“Let’s just say when Eric leaves we’ll definitely feel it next year,” said Ships boys track and field coach Jacque Bartow. “It’s going to be a big hole. It’s been fun watching him the last four years grow and develop.”
Fogltanz has been blazing a fast trail during his senior campaign. He’s broken several meet records along with the school marks in the indoor 200 dash (23.39) as well as the outdoor record in the 300 hurdles (39.14).
It’s the 300 hurdles where Fogltanz says his heart lies.
“I like how it’s more of a mid-distance sprint and you have the hurdles in there so it’s a crazy race,” Fogltanz said. “It’s a really mental race because not many people can push themselves through it. I enjoy the challenge.”
Fogltanz reached State last season in the 110 and 300 hurdles as well as in the 800 relay. The senior missed reaching the finals in his signature event by .06 seconds, finishing 11th last season in the preliminaries.
For Fogltanz, this excellent season is only the appetizer for what he hopes is the satisfying main course — a state medal in the 300 hurdles.
“I’m really happy with what I’ve done so far,” Fogltanz said when asked to sum up his current form. “I have a lot of high expectations of the future. I think it’s possible to take one of the top couple spots in the 300 hurdles at State and that’s one of my goals.”
Bartow knows how badly Fogltanz wants to win that ellusive medal because she’s seen how much time he spent getting ready for the season.
“He’s so focused on obtaining his goals,” Bartow said. “He worked a ton in the offseason. He got stronger, he was in the weight room a little bit, more so than he’s ever been in the past. A lot of offseason work is really paying off right now.”
While Fogltanz is aware of his abilities, he doesn’t let his successes get to his head, according to his coach.
“He’s not one of those boys strutting their stuff on the track, he’s down to earth and tries to incorporate everyone on the team in everything we do,” Bartow said.
A big reason for Fogltanz even-keeled nature is his devotion to the team.
“I’ve went from something of a follower to a leader being a captain the last two years,” Fogltanz said. “I lead the team going out to warmups and try to help everyone else with whatever they need. Just kind of my personality, I guess.”
While a state medal is the ultimate goal for Fogltanz, it’s only the beginning. In the fall, Fogltanz will begin classes at UW-Stout with the intention to compete on the men’s track and field team.
Fogltanz’ appetite for competition hasn’t been nearly satisfied yet.
“It’s one thing I’m really passionate about; it’s something I really enjoy doing so I don’t want to quit it,” Fogltanz said. “I like how competitive it is.”