With six returning state qualifiers, the Goessel track and field team is primed and ready for the 2017 season.
The Bluebird girls return four state qualifiers in Class 1A. Brittney Hiebert will pace the team as last year’s 800-meter state champion. She crossed the finish line in 2 minutes, 24.61 seconds. Hiebert finished fourth in the 400 (1:01.18) and also participated in the 4×400 relay at the state meet.
Stephany Meyer placed eighth in the triple jump at state (33-23⁄4), and also competed in the long jump, the 400 and the 4×400. Olivia Duerksen qualified for state in the high jump, while Lauren Rymill ran the 4×400.
Additional returning letter-winners are Kara Burkholder and Julia Nightengale.
“With bigger numbers this year, we will also be looking to put several relays together that should compete well,” said 10th-year coach Curtis Guhr. “With four returning state qualifiers, several letter-winners, and some new faces, we are looking for the girls to have another good year.”
Meanwhile, Josh Schmidt and Zach Zogleman will pace the boys as returning state qualifiers. Both ran the 4×400 relay. Jordan Griffin is another returning letter-winner.
“(We are) looking to the jumps and the sprints for most of our points, but (there are) opportunities in the distance races and other field events as well,” Guhr said.
“With three returning letter-winners, we will be looking for these guys to step up and lead the team this year. Small numbers for the boys will make the individual events a key.”
The Bluebird girls will look to repeat as Wheat State League champions this year, while the boys will seek to improve upon last year’s third-place league finish.
Goessel will open the season April 5 at the Hillsboro Quint.