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Track athletes trapped indoors

March 19, 2019

By Jasmine Stinson


Despite the chilling temperatures, the WPBHS 2018-2019 track season is underway. Over 60 athletes have joined the team this year which is higher than usual.

The team, however, has been cooped up inside for the first week of practice. “The weather isn’t great, but we’ve made the gym work. There’s always somewhere for us to go,” said head track coach Craig Schmidt.

The team often works out in the high school gym, the elementary gym, and the weight room.

The weather isn’t the only thing the team will have to face this year. The team has lost head sprint coach Bill Frank because of health problems but has gained new coaches- Emily Filsinger and Dalton McQueen.

McQueen and Filsinger both help with the throwers and look forward to helping the athletes improve. “I want everyone to improve their PR’s and hopefully send some athletes to state,” said McQueen.

Even though the number out is high, the seniors take on the role as leaders for the team. Three athletes plan to continue their track career in college, including Kendra Paasch, Rebecca Weddell, and Jaineily Ortiz.

Expectations are high for the team this year, “Everyone should improve and hopefully our girls will win conference like they have in the past two years,” said Schmidt.

            Besides conference, other important meets include districts, which is held at Columbus Scotus this year and the Norfolk Classic for those who qualify. The team’s first meet at Concordia was canceled due to flooding. The team competes Tuesday, March 26 at the Snowmelt in West Point.

            The icy temperatures and snow covered track hasn’t kept the team from working hard and getting ready for a successful season.




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