W-F track coach optimistic
More than 40 athletes out this spring
By Greg Seubert
A roster of more than 40 athletes – including six returning state qualifiers – has Weyauwega-Fremont track coach Jered Wilson optimistic about the upcoming season.
Practice begin March 6 and the boys will open the season Thursday, March 16, at an indoor meet at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. The girls will head to Oshkosh for their own indoor meet Tuesday, March 28.
“We have very good numbers on the boys’ and girls’ side, but are very young and green,” Wilson said.
The girls’ team is coming off of a second-place finish in Division 3 at last year’s WIAA State Track & Field Championships in La Crosse.
Although the Indians lost Cara Volz, who placed second, third and sixth at state as a senior in the 100-meter hurdles, triple jump and 300-meter hurdles, respectively, and is now on the UW-Oshkosh women’s team, state qualifiers Becky Schroeder, Hannah Sroka, Daisy Wilson, Marissa Mason and Mikyla Reeck are back.
Schroeder finished third in the high jump and joined Hintz, Mason and Wilson on the third-place 1,600-meter relay team and Volz, Mason and Hintz on the sixth-place 800-meter relay team. Schroeder, Mason, Sroka and Hintz also teamed up to place eighth in the 400-meter relay.
The girls’ roster includes seniors Schroeder, Sroka, Kim Gilbert, Gwynette Koch and Saige Holcombe; sophomores Reeck, Wilson, Mason, Abby Wheaton, Morgan Monty, Katelyn Loehrke, Joan Radtke and Natalie Schneider; and freshmen Katie Bleck, Allison Halat, Tegan Kuckhahn, Kaitlyn Monty, Anna Bubolz, Haley Dearth and Josie Kicherer.
The boys’ team includes seniors Payton Magdanz, Hunter McClone, Alex Bartel, Chris Young, Taylor Brazil and Dylen Kicherer; juniors Kyle Loehrke and Trevor Fletcher; sophomores Sawyer Hintz, Drew Vandervest, Duane Brazil, Chris Strehlow, Justin Kempf, Austin Bartel, Brock Brunner, Jake Hablewitz, Jacob Kuckhahn and Tristan Wollersheim; and freshmen Josue Rojas, Matthew Fritz, Shawn Behm, Mason Soerens, Zarek Hoffman, Javier Gomez, Patrick Kepler, Exander Fletcher, Christian Pomerenke, Lupe Hernandez and Ted Lantvit.
The Indians will spend most of the season on the road, as the only home meets are the Rohde Open Thursday, May 4, and the Weyauwega-Fremont Invitational Monday, May 8.
“We are the returning conference champs and team state runner-up for the girls, but we understand that those things will be difficult to replicate this year,” Wilson said. “On the boys’ side, the conference is wide open and we just want to see if we can get in the mix. The coaching staff is very excited to see how this young group can develop this year.”
Weyauwega-Fremont 2017 Track Schedule
• Thursday, March 16 – at Oshkosh Invitational, UW-Oshkosh (indoor meet), 5 p.m. (boys only)
• Tuesday March 28 – at Oshkosh Invitational, UW-Oshkosh (indoor meet), 4:55 p.m. (girls only)
• Tuesday April 4 – at Wild Rose, 3:45 p.m.
• Thursday April 6 – at Denmark Invitational, 4 p.m.
• Tuesday, April 11 – at Wittenberg-Birnamwood Relays, 4 p.m.
• Monday, April 17 – Central Wisconsin Conference preconference meet, Manawa, 4 p.m.
• Tuesday, April 18 – Central Wisconsin Conference preconference meet, Manawa, 4 p.m. (rain date)
• Saturday, April 22 – Waupaca County Meet, New London, 9:30 a.m.
• Tuesday April 25 – at Berlin, 4 p.m.
• Thursday, April 27 – at Tri-County Invitational, Plainfield, 3:45 p.m.
• Saturday, April 30 – Fastest Four meet at Princeton, TBA (qualifiers only)
• Monday, May 1 – at Tri-County quadrangular, Plainfield, 3:45 p.m.
• Thursday May 4 – Rohde Open, 4 p.m.
• Monday, May 8 – Weyauwega-Fremont Invitational, 4 p.m.
• Saturday, May 13 – Central Wisconsin Conference meet, Wittenberg, 10 a.m.
• Thursday, May 18 – Last Chance Meet, Bonduel, 4 p.m.