New coach set to lead a solid Peabody track team

The Peabody track team will start the season with a solid core of 8 returning athletes and some new athletes.

Sophomore Sarah Spencer qualified for State last year and returns this season looking to improve her times in each of her distance races.

Coach Kody Tegtmeier is the coach this year. He looks forward to his first year of coaching the Warriors.

“It should be a fun, competitive year for our athletes,” said Coach Kody Tegtmeier.

Several juniors return this reason many of them competing in jumping events. Caleb VanCurren will again do distance and jumps. Taven Scott will do hurdles and jimp. And Thomas Page and Tristan Wedd will both be sprinting and throwing although Wedd is currently injured. Three throwers, also all juniors, Tanner Wedd, Aubrey Craig and Clarissa Stoke all return as well.

There are several freshmen and sophomores joining the team. Catie Johnson and Mady Foth, both sophomores will be throwing and sophomore Mackenzie Eden will be throwing and sprinting. Freshmen Thomas Smith and Jake Partridge will be jumping and sprinting while freshman Mya Winter will be running distance, sprinting and jumping.

“We are a small team with no seniors amongst us. We are looking to compete with each other each day and week of practice to help prepare for meets starting in April. We have a few athletes that could make a splash in throwing events as well as sprinting and distance events,” said Tegtmeier.

The size of the team is going to be there biggest challenge.

“It will be tough for us to collect points to compete at meets with so few numbers. I have explained to our kids that each week we are trying to improve ourselves in our own events which will in the end help our entire team out. We must encourage and push each other to be the best we can be each time we step on the track,” Tegtmeier said.

Coming – The Warriors kicked off their season with a meet at Remington High School on Tuesday. They will play on Friday, April 5 against Marion at Marion.