A strength of this season’s Goessel track and field team, for both the girls and boys, will be numbers. With 35 athletes on the roster, sixth-year coach Curtis Guhr is anticipating positive results.
“We are looking forward to a good year again at Goessel High School,” he said.
The Bluebird girls, who finished eighth in the Wheat State League last year, will rely on two returning state qualifiers to lead the team: seniors Tia Goertzen (100 hurdles and 300 hurdles) and Ali Buller (800).
Guhr also expects contributions from two other returning letter-winners, sophomores Erin Brubaker and Makayla King, as well as several younger team members.
The strength of the girls’ team lies in individual events, Guhr said.
“With bigger numbers this year, we will also be looking to put several relays together that should compete well,” he said. “With two returning state qualifiers, we are looking for the girls to have another good year.”
Guhr anticipates the strength of the boys’ team will be in distance races.
The Bluebird boys claimed seventh place at the league meet in 2012 and return five letter-winners: seniors Grant Flaming and Davis Cook and juniors Heath Goertzen, Brian Hiebert and Nathan Czarnowsky.
Guhr expects senior Shane Goerzen to contribute, as well as some younger team members.
“With several returning letter-winners, we will be looking for these guys to step up and lead the team this year,” Guhr said. “Having some good numbers will help to create some good competing in practice, which will carry over to the meets.”
The Bluebirds are scheduled to open the season April 2 with a five-team meet at Hillsboro.