The track team began their season this month with meets at Kinsley and Pretty Prairie.
The girls have one more girl than last year with 14, but the boys have way fewer athletes than last year, dropping from 21 to 11 kids. Out of the 11 boys, there is only one senior, while the girls have four seniors.
The Kinsley meet was a strong beginning meet with the girls’ team claiming first place overall and the boys’ taking sixth. Seniors Jessica DeWeese and Betsy Giles led the girls with DeWeese taking three first place medals and a third place, and Giles took a first, second and third medal. Two other girls placed in the top three, along with the 4×100 meter team. The boys had three guys place in the top three as well.
They followed the Kinsley meet up with an even stronger outing at Pretty Prairie. The girls’ took first again and the boys’ improved with a second overall finish. DeWeese led the girls’ team again with four first place finishes while four other girls also placed and the 4×100 and 4×400 teams placed as well. The boys’ drastically improved in their second meet with six boys placing, along with the 4×100 and 4×800 teams.
“The first meet was a little hectic with people not knowing how it all worked, but we got it all figured out and it went well after that,” sophomore Sydney Koirth said.
The team had multiple coaching changes, including the previous year’s assistant, Steve Little, taking over as head coach.
“I was a track guy in high school and I was already coaching as an assistant, so when coach Nation asked if I would like the head job, I told him yeah, I’d love to,” Little said.
Along with Little, volleyball head coach Kathryn McAllister took over as assistant coach. Jason Ghumm and English teacher Morgan Ballard are helping out as well.
The next meet is April 22 at Norwich. Events start at 3 p.m.