The Canton-Galva track and field team returns two state qualifiers this year for third-year coach Tina McMannis.
Last year, three Eagles qualified for the Class 2A state meet in five events.
Senior Maddie Snow returns to pace the girls’ team, having earned Canton-Galva’s only state medal. A regional 400-meter champion, Snow placed eighth in the 400 with a time of 1:05.39, and also ran the 200 at state. Her season-best time in the 400 was 1:02.43.
Sophomore Tia Moddelmog also qualified for state in the 400, as well as the high jump and the triple jump. She is the reigning Wheat State League pole vault champion.
Junior sprinter Katie Fiedler placed 25th in the 100 at the KU Relays last year and was the 2017 WSL 100-meter champion. However, she was injured at the league meet and was unable to compete at regionals.
Sophomore Braylee Doughman will compete in the shot put and discus. Her season-bests in those events were 30-11⁄2 and 86-3, respectively.
The Eagles will compete without graduated senior Kaylee Littrell, whose season-best throws last year were 26-2 in the shot put, and 88-3 in the discus.
Look for freshman Sarah Kendall to contribute in the throws.
Meanwhile, Dylan Wood was the boys’ only state qualifier as a junior last year. He is not listed on the 2018 roster.
Key returners for the boys’ team are sophomores Landon Everett, Chase Klinkerman and Kinser Colgin in the 4×400 relay. They recorded a season-best time of 3:48.19 last year.
A number of newcomers will aid the boys’ team this season: senior Cash Toews in the distance races, and freshmen Jerry Bradbury in the 400 and the jumps, Tyler Rummel in the throws and Conner Koehn in the middle distance races.
“My goals this season are to keep the team healthy and help them to improve,” McMannis said. “We have several athletes who should be able to compete well again against our league, and some have a good chance of either returning to the state meet or qualifying for the first time.”