PBHS to build team experience

The Peabody track and field team will be led by the following seniors and letter-winners: front row (from left),?Carlee Wentworth, Mackenzie Young, Alyssa Brooks, Fenja Lang; middle row, Patrick Egan, Clayton Philpott, Michael George, Enrique Palazon; back row, Nick Preheim, Kevin Baat?rup, Braxton Kyle, Cody Partridge, Filip Suskovcevic, Xavier Jabary.With only one returning senior, the Peabody-Burns track and field team will seek to build experience this year with fourth-year head coach Brian Lightner.

The Warrior boys finished third of eight at the Wheat State League meet last season, and have 20 team members on the roster.

Peabody-Burns? sole returning senior is Michael George.

?Michael will compete in the sprints and relays,? Lightner said. ?He finished last season well, barely missing out on qualifying for state in the 400 meters by less than half of a second.?

Lightner expects the jumps to be a strength of the boys? team this season.

Junior Braxton Kyle returns after qualifying for the Class 2A state meet in the high jump last season. He tied for seventh with a jump of 5 feet, 10 inches.

Sophomore Cody Part?ridge also returns, having narrowly missed qualifying for state in both long jump and high jump.

Additional returning letter-winners are juniors Nick Preheim (shot put, discus) and Kevin Baatrup (relays, triple jump); and sophomores Clayton Philpott (sprints, triple jump, long jump); and Patrick Egan (sprints, long jump).

Senior Xavier Jabary will participate for the first time this season.

?Development of the skill events will be key for the boys? team this year in order to have a chance to place in the top two at the league championships,? Lightner said.

The Warrior girls, meanwhile, will have 10 participants on the roster, including two returners from last year?s squad, which finished eighth in the WSL: juniors Carlee Went?worth (javelin, relays) and Kenzie Young (relays, middle distance). Both are returning letter-winners.

?A good portion of the freshman class has committed themselves to improving and working this spring as well,? Lightner said. ?Having more participants will hopefully help our girls? team compete better at our league meet.?

Senior Alyssa Brooks will join the team for the first time this season.

?I?m really proud of the student-athletes who have chosen to represent their school and community this year,? Lightner said. ?It is a pleasure to coach them every day.?

The Warriors will open the season at the Central Christian Central Kansas Track League quint at Buhler Tuesday. The meet is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.

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