Canton-Galva track has freshman majority

These seniors and letter-winners will anchor a young Canton-Galva track and field team this season: front row (from left), Katie Fiedler, Whitney Nightingale, Dylan Wood; back row, Kaylee Littrell, Maddie Snow, Dawson Minson and David VanHouton.
These seniors and letter-winners will anchor a young Canton-Galva track and field team this season: front row (from left), Katie Fiedler, Whitney Nightingale, Dylan Wood; back row, Kaylee Littrell, Maddie Snow, Dawson Minson and David VanHouton.
The Canton-Galva track and field team will be young this season. Thirteen of the 20 athletes on the Eagle roster are freshmen.

With so much youth, second-year coach Tina McMannis will look to two returning state qualifiers for leadership and experience.

Junior Maddie Snow qualified for the Class 2A state meet in four events a year ago. She placed third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:00.02, 10th in the 200 (26.91) and 12th in both the triple jump (33-51⁄4) and the 100 (13.22).

Sophomore Katie Fiedler qualified in three events, placing sixth in the 100 (12.92), ninth in the 200 (26.88) and 10th in the long jump (15-21⁄4).

Five additional athletes return. For the girls, the Eagles’ sole senior, Kaylee Littrell, will compete in the throws, while sophomore Whitney Nightingale will run distance races.

Returning for the boys are juniors Dylan Wood (400), Dawson Minson (800, 1,600) and David VanHouton (shot put, discus). The Eagles lost Lane Wiens and Garrett Romaine to graduation.

The 13 freshmen include three girls: Tia Moddelmog (sprints, jumps), Braylee Doughman (throws) and Briana Gough (discus, distance races).

Ten freshmen boys have joined the ranks: Jay Nightingale and Mason Reedy in the throws; Cyler Johnson, Chase Klinker­man, Tim Unrein and Jacob Klataske in the distance races; and Kinser Colgin, Landon Everett, Joey Johnson and Chandler Metheny in the sprints and jumps.

“This will be the first year our school competes as a Wheat State League school, but I don’t anticipate much of a change in competition from previous years, since HOA and Wheat State schools combine for many meets,” McMannis said.

“I have high expectations of our team’s returning athletes to improve on last year’s performances and provide leadership for our large group of freshmen. I am excited about the relay possibilities that these additional numbers will offer to both the boys’ and girls’ teams.”

The Eagles will open the season April 4 at Lyons, with Remington, Central Chris­tian, Inman and Burrton.