Bulldogs Looking To Display Track Skills
Getting ready and just waiting for Mother Nature to ease her weather grip.
Thats what facing area track teams as cold temperatures and snow have resulted in only a couple of indoor meets.
One of the area teams looking to get out and run are the Peshtigo Bulldogs, which competed in the Oshkosh Indoor meet for boys on March 20 and girls April 1. The Bulldogs are expected to put together a successful season when they can get outside and compete.
For now they are just going to have to wait.
Looking over the 2014 boys roster, coach Jim Stillman commented..."Aaron Bhatoya has finally rehabilitated to the point that he can compete at full strength. He had a good run at the Oshkosh indoor invite and should continue to improve as he returns to full strength. Levi Sanborn ran a good set of hurdles, finishing fourth in Division II. Tyler Nault, Eddie Jornlin, Khalid El-Jack, Deepak Daroach, and Damien VanSleet should give us some strong middle distance and distance races this season.
The sprints will be handled by Trevor Igl, Bryce Trimberger, Colin Hass, Ben Kmecheck, and Nate Larsen who should once again give us some speed on the track. Jake Romenesko, still recovering from the should injury suffered in football, should add to our sprint group along with newcomers Tyler Gokey, Alex Harper, Matt Larsen, Brian Krouth, and Connor Smith, Stillman added.
In the weight events, Zack Neumann and Jordan Berth both have the potential to qualify for the state tournament in June barring injuries. They finished 3rd and 4th respectively at Oshkosh, Stillman added.
Joining them in the throwing events are Cameron Lepkowski, Brody Devine, Josh Druckrey, Tyler Schaetz, Lance Crevier, and Wade Crevier
Juniors Jake Ryan and Austin Noffke, first time track athletes will give us competitors in the horizontal and vertical jumps, two areas we have lacked for the past couple of seasons, Stillman said. We have a nice mix of upper classmen and freshmen and sophomores this season and look forward to competing well in the area.
Switching to the girls side of the track, Stillman said... our middle distance and distance runners will benefit our program greatly. However, we have a number of freshmen and sophomores sprinters who have shown great promise already this preseason and should strengthen us in that area as well.
Leading the way for Peshtigo will be Nicole Motkowski in the high jump and the sprints.
Claire Neumann, Rebekah Sokol, Valerie Gable, Maggie Thill, Samantha MacGlashin,Takwa Salem, and Mikenzie Howarth will all add to our short to long sprints. Jenna Spangenberg will give us help in sprints and the horizontal jumps. Maggie Thill and Heidi Angwall will provide experience in the hurdle events, Stillman commented.
The middle distance and distance races will be handled by Anna Madsen, Saige Ruleau, Samantha Rauch, Taylor Sodini, Mariah McDonough, Emily Ahrens, and Elli Madsen. In the throwing events, Amanda Emmes will be key along with support from newcomers Diana Powers, Brekken Cogswell, and Michaela Williams.
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