|4/2/2018 11:18:00 AM|
Track eying HVL Championships
|With 65 athletes, 40 varsity candidates and 17 returning letterwinners, the Stewartville boys track and field team is reloading for three-peat run at the HVL Conference Championship.|
"We have another well-rounded team," Tiger coach Aaron Meyer explained. "We have good numbers and we have a returning varsity scorer in every event."
Talented depth in both the shot put and discus events with HVL place winners Shad Curtis, Parker Grotjohn and Shane Byrne will be the Tigers' biggest strength.
Scoring doesn't drop off much in the running events, jumps and relays either, with several talented and experienced event leaders (see list) returning.
"We have the talent, but lack depth in distance and hurdles," Meyer noted. "To get a good number to the state meet, we need a few guys from last year's middle-of-the-pack athletes to be top-end performers this year."
While Stewie is the favorite to win the HVL title again, Kasson-Mantorville, Rochester Lourdes and Byron will give a good challenge and the Tigers will fight to knock off perennial power PEM for the Section 1A team title.
Seniors: Joe Bakken, high jump/mid-distance; Shane Byrne, throws; Kevin Christian, throws; Shad Curtis, throws; Reece Eickhoff, sprints/mid-distance; Isaiah Scruggs, distance/mid-distance.
Juniors: Courtney DeCook, hurdles; Dylan Flink, sprints/jumps; Parker Grotjohn, throws; Nate Laures, pole vault; Alexander Lawrence, distance; Taylor Morgan, sprints.
Sophomores: Bradon Holschlag, sprints/mid-distance/high jump; Austin Malone, sprints/jumps; Elton Myhre, sprints/jumps; Trevon Schaefer, pole vault; Charles Winch, mid-distance/triple jump.
Tiger girls track
With 37 athletes, 20 letterwinners and seven state participants back, the Tiger girls will hit the track running, as all the members of the state's second-place 4x400m and 4x800m relay teams return hungry for gold.
Kailee Malone (1600m school record holder), Abby Orvis, Laura Pedelty, Isabel Field, Gracie Waltman, Maia Peterson and Hailey Lewis make up the stately relays, while talented sprinters Kailee and Jaidyn Brower, along with Olivia Quam, will join 4x400m relay legs of Peterson and Lewis in hopes of getting their 4x100m and 4x200m teams a state berth.
"We have a corps of sprinters and distance runners that will get us plenty of team points," Tiger coach Dawn Miller summarized. "We should contend for the HVL title if we can fill the gaps at hurdles and in our field events."
Makenna Theobald is Stewie's top thrower and the Tigers hope to add depth with some young varsity newcomers.
Seniors: Abby Orvis, distance; Kailee Brower, sprints/long jump.
Juniors: Makenna Theobald, throws; Laura Pedelty, mid-distance/distance.
Sophomores: Kailee Malone, distance; Isabel Field, distance; Gracie Waltman, distance; Olivia Quam, sprints.
Freshmen: Hailey Lewis, sprints; Maia Peterson, sprints; Jaidyn Brower, high jump, sprints.
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