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Dock will continue to be the Pioneers—but with a new, high-energy identity that captures our desire to compete at the highest levels while emphasizing sportsmanship and character.
Dock Mennonite Academy has unveiled a new athletic identity, and it will be at once completely familiar and yet brand new for students and alumni.
Over the last year, the athletics, marketing, and admissions teams at Dock have worked to discern what the school’s athletic identity should be going forward, with a goal to strengthen our marketing efforts in the athletic arena. On February 14, during chapels at both the Middle School and Grades 9-12 campuses, Director of Admissions Doug Hackman revealed to the Dock community the results of this journey.
The process began with a survey that was sent to parents, alumni, coaches, faculty, and students regarding whether we should move forward with our existing athletic identity, the Pioneers, or select a new athletic identity. A strong majority of survey respondents indicated that Dock should continue to be the Pioneers.
Based on this feedback, we began working with designers on new athletic logos. A variety of logo submissions were tested with different groups. Again, we worked with parents, alumni, coaches, faculty, and students in this process.
The logo that we selected rated well with all constituent groups. It rated particularly well with athletes that recently graduated, and current athletes at the high school and middle school level, which made us feel confident to move ahead with our decision.
“I have appreciated the leadership of [Athletic Director] Tim Ehst in this process,” said Hackman. “He has helped ensure that our athletic department represents who we are and what we value as a school, in particular emphasizing the area of sportsmanship and how the lessons learned on the field translate to who we are when we leave this place.”
“Dock has been known as the Pioneers from the moment we began competing in athletics in the mid-1960s,” said Ehst. “The new logo preserves the positive associations so many of our former student-athletes have, but infuses the brand with new energy that captures our passion to compete at the highest levels.”
The Dock community will begin seeing the new identity being used in a variety of ways, including our athletics website, t-shirts, gym floors, and as a springboard to creating a mascot that will build enthusiasm and energy at “big games” and other events.
On his biggest stage yet, Austin Kratz ('18) and Team USA blazed to a world best time and a gold medal in the 4x100 relay at the IAAF U20 World Championships in Tampere, Finland. Congratulations, Austin—we look forward to following your career as you begin running for Arizona State University!
Dock senior runs a blistering 21.01—breaking his own Pennsylvania state record—and captures a thrilling come-from-behind win at the New Balance Nationals.
The story of Austin Kratz's winter indoor track season has been one of continuous improvement. His times in the 60M and 200M have fallen steadily, and Sunday afternoon on his biggest stage yet, Austin improved once again—and brought home a gold medal from the New Balance Nationals.
In the championship final of the 200M, Austin ran a scorching 21.01 to win the indoor national championship at the New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory in New York City. It was a new PR for Austin as well as a new Pennsylvania state record—breaking the 21.04 he set just a few weeks ago at the SPIRE Invitational in Ohio. Austin's time also catapulted him to the U.S. all-time #8 indoor position.
The race was a testament to Kratz's drive and determination. After the first 100 meters, Austin trailed Eric Allen of Bullis High School in Potomac, MD, and it looked like he would have to settle for second. But with 60 meters to go, the Dock senior seemed to make up his mind that he wasn't going to lose the race. Somehow, he found another gear and surged past Allen at the finish for the win.
Austin's come-from-behind gold medal in the 200M was almost enough to make us forget that just an hour earlier, he captured a bronze medal in the 60M dash, with a time of 6.75 seconds—just off his PR of 6.73 in that event. Dock's 4x200M relay team of Nick Smith, Austin Nice, Dylan Rush, and Praise Zoegar also finished with a very impressive time of 1:33.77 in their race on Friday night.
Congratulations to all; it's great to see your hard work pay off. And stay tuned as Austin works to drop that 200M time under 21 seconds!
A Dock athletic experience emphasizes the importance of developing life values in goal-setting, self-discipline, and the art of playing for a team. A wise person once said, 'Life is a team sport, and athletics is the training ground.'
I trust that our student-athletes are learning
the value of 'playing for each other' as they experience athletics at Dock.
~ Dock Athletic Director Tim Ehst
Dock Mennonite Academy is home to one of the fastest runners in the state—and perhaps the entire country.
Austin Kratz made history once again the weekend of February 23-25. Austin won both the 60-meter dash and the 200-meter dash in record-breaking time at the Pennsylvania Indoor State Championship Meet.
Austin is currently ranked US #3 in the 200m and US #4 in the 60m.
Two weekends before, Austin set the indoor record for Pennsylvania in the 200 meters, running 21.04 seconds in the SPIRE Invitational in Ohio. He will compete in the Indoor Nationals is in two weeks. Congratulations, Austin!