|Twenty-three report for W-P track, season starts today|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 21 March 2013 18:08|
By Diane Stamm
The Wauneta Breeze
Six state qualifiers return in 2013 to lead the Wauneta-Palisade track team.
Senior Jacob Maris, sophomore Hannah Nordhausen, junior Abbie Fanning and the relay team of sophomores Leiauna Alberts and Sydnee Harchelroad, senior Emma Skelton and Fanning head into the season hoping for repeat trips to Omaha.
Also back for the Broncos are nine other letterwinners.
Returning as seniors are Logan Bischoff, Weylin Davis and Connor Kayton.
Bischoff will triple jump and run relays. Davis will high jump and run sprints. Kayton will long jump and run sprints. Maris will run distances and relays.
Lettering as sophomores were Wes Anderjaska and Hayden Pollmann. Pollmann will run the 400 while Anderjaska will run the 1600. Both will run relays.
On the girls’ side, Skelton is the team’s lone senior. Skelton will run the hurdles and long jump.
Fanning returns to run the 400 and 800.
Also juniors, Tailor Lee and Cassidy Rathe will compete in throwing events.
Harchelroad will long jump along with running the 400 and relays. Alberts will run the 400, 800 and relays. Fellow sophomores Nordhausen and Nicole Strand will compete in throwing events.
Other team members are seniors Dakota Washum and Cody Hicks. It will be the first track season at W-P for sophomores Gage Crowell and Jeremiah Kerns. Freshmen team members are Billy Straub, Joe Sramek and Chase Rathe.
The girls’ team will also feature freshmen Ellie Lee and Stephanie Acosta.
The season will begin today when the team travels to Grant for the Perkins County Triangular.
Saturday the team will brave the weather at Cambridge.
Districts will be held May 8 in Sutherland. Brady, Hayes Center, Hitchcock County, Maxwell, Maywood, Medicine Valley, Paxton, Sutherland and Wallace make up the district.
Dawn Doetker returns for her eighth year as head coach. Assisting will be Shelby Cox, Seth Alberts, Randy Geier and Joseph Frecks.
Coming off the girls’ and boys’ basketball teams trip to state, Doetker hopes the success will carry over to track.
“We are very excited for both boys’ and girls’ seasons to start,” said Doetker. “We have a great group of letter winners returning.”
Doetker said that with only 10 girls and 13 boys it can be tough to compete against teams like Ogallala and North Platte St. Pats.
Doetker said she expects the girls to be strong in throwing events, the 4x400 relay and sprints. The boys, meanwhile, should do well in the long distances, field events and 4x800 relay.