Simmonds is back as PBHS track coach

These seniors and returning state qualifiers will anchor the Peabody-Burns track and field team this season: (from left) Thomas Paquette, Andrew Wedel, Austin Reynolds. Not pictured: Tony Adams, Paige Murray. The Peabody-Burns track and field team will be under new leadership this season as Brian Simmonds has returned to coach the team.

Simmonds, who teaches high school math and physics, brings 17 years of coaching experience to the position, having most recently served as junior high track and field coach at Peabody-Burns. Prior to that, he served as head high school coach from 1996 to 2001.

Simmonds will rely on two returning senior state qualifiers to lead the team this season.

Andrew Wedel placed 12th in the shot put at the Class 1A state meet a year ago with a throw of 41 feet, 101⁄2 inches, while Austin Reynolds finished 15th in the 110-meter hurdle preliminaries (18.10).

The Warriors will compete without state champion long jumper Cody Partridge, who won that event a year ago (21-41⁄2) and also earned the fifth-place medal in the high jump (6-2).

Three additional seniors—Thomas Paquette, Tony Adams and Paige Murray—grace the Warriors’ 18-person roster. Nine of the Warriors on the roster are freshmen.

“We have a lot of athletes coming out this year after having a small squad last year,” Simmonds said. “We will be young this year but have been working hard in practice to get better. Having a bigger squad will allow us to compete on a team level.”

Peabody-Burns will open the season April 4 at Herington.

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