An ACL injury is keeping senior Macie Davidson on the sidelines for the Waupaca girls’ track team’s meets this spring, but coach Joel Kempfert still believes his team can makes some noise in the Eastern Valley Conference.
Davidson placed third in the Division 2 400-meter dash and was a member of the Comets’ 1,600-meter relay team that set a new school record at state last year. The other three members of that relay team – senior Alisa Blank and juniors Tatiana Sotka and Michelle Petkovsek – are back, however.
“We’ll definitely miss (Davidson) on the track,” Kempfert said. “She’ll be at our meets and she’s part of our track family. The good thing with Macie is she can still have a career in track beyond high school.”
Sotka made it to state as a freshman and sophomore and placed fourth and ninth last year in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, respectively. Blank competed at state in the 300-meter hurdles two years ago.
“We have girls that are going to make a difference and they have the work ethic to do it,” Kempfert said. “The first week of practice went well. That drive is there. A lot of our girls are active year-round. They’re definitely in shape, which helps out.”
The Comets were able to get outside March 9, the first day of practice. That’s a big difference from last year, as the ground was still covered in snow.
“It makes a big difference in the training schedule,” Kempfert said. “You can’t get up to full speed in the gym like you can on the track.”
The girls’ roster also includes seniors Kassy Daniels, Christina Rasmussen and Fontasia Robinson; juniors Azaria Molencupp and Cassie Rasmussen; sophomores Erin Montgomery and Lexi Tripp; and freshmen Kristin Petkovsek, Avrey Simonson, Mya Snyder and Lana Sommers.
“It would be nice to see more numbers, but I would not trade one of our girls for 10 others,” Kempfert said. “We just don’t have the depth to fill all events. We have top-end talent to score points, but we don’t have the depth to fill in at the smaller meets.”
The Comets will open the season later this week at an indoor meet at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The girls will compete at 4 p.m. Friday, March 20, at the UWSP Multi-Activity Center, while the boys’ team will compete at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 21.
The first outdoor meet for both teams is the Wautoma Relays set for Thursday, April 2, in Wautoma.
“With girls like Tatiana, Alisa and Michelle, how are they measuring up against other girls of their caliber?” Kempfert said. “With the freshmen, I’m judging them to see where they’re at and where they can fit in.”
Waupaca won’t have a home meet until the Comets host Little Chute, Ripon and Weyauwega-Fremont Tuesday, April 28. The Comets are also scheduled to host a Division 2 regional Tuesday, May 26.
Waupaca will compete in the EVC against solid programs including Freedom, Berlin and Little Chute.
“Freedom has good numbers with 35 girls, so they’re going to be the team to watch,” Kempfert said. “Our conference is one of the toughest D2 conferences in the state. It’s a great conference to be a part of.”