* Coaches: Tom Mittman (16th season) and Joe Graf (first season).
Last season: Tied for sixth at state meet; won MVC divisional title.
Returning letterwinners: Aliyah Gustafson, Sr., throws; Claire Crew, Sr., sprints; Erin Danielson, Sr., middle distance; Soumba Traore, Jr., middle distance; Kiera Washpun, Jr., long jump/sprints; Sarah Plock, So., hurdles/sprints; Mickey Hansche, Sr.; Da Miller, Sr.; Fatima Omar, Sr.; Terra Perez, Sr.; Abby Saehler, Sr., high jump; Ellen Carman, Jr.; Sashay Carroll, Jr.; Annie Hartley, Jr.; Amara Lehman, Jr.; Allison Siglin, Sr.; Aspen Miller, Jr.; Daniela Perret, Jr.; Morgan Sammons, Jr.; Emma Wortman, Jr.; Sara Blowers, So.; Hazel Crew, So.; Molly Shepherd, So.; Stella Thompson, So.
Promising newcomers: Madison DePrenger, Fr.; Delaney Johnson, Fr.; Elke Windschitl, Fr.; Fanta Traore, Fr.; Hailey Verdick, Fr.
* Outlook: Six athletes return who placed at the state meet led by senior thrower Aliyah Gustafson, who was second in the shot put and third in the discus. Kiera Washpun was third in the long jump and also ran on the fifth-place 4×200 and 4×100 relays. Claire Crew also was on those relays and part of the fourth-place 4×400 relay. Soumba Traore also was on that 4×400 along with Erin Danielson. Sarah Plock placed third in the 400 hurdles and was on the 4×100 and 4×400 relays. City coaches believe the team’s strengths will be in the sprints and field events. Their concerns are with depth in the distance and middle distance events. City will contend again for conference and statewide honors.
Coach: Mike Parker (16th season).
Assistants: Peggy McGuire, Rachel West, Danica Haight, Kristi Schuette, Lauren Hill.
Last season: Won the MVC Valley division, 53-2 overall, eighth at state meet.
Returning letterwinners: Lauren Bobst, hurdles; McKennan Cronbaugh, sprints/long jump; Ashley Knudson, distance; Molly Leveille, distance; Akimi Oya, distance; Annie Schaeckenbach, distance; Pombie Silverman, distance; Kristina Bauer, sprints; Bailey Bowman, hurdles; Abby Brayton, throws; Carolyn Ellis, sprints; Alicia Hardin, sprints/hurdles; Cali Kinney, sprints; Lizzy Klemme, sprints/middle distance; Chandler Hames, sprints; Alyssa McKeone, sprints; McKenzie Mellecker, distance; Sofia Mendoza, distance; Emmie Skopec, distance; Emily Starman, distance; Maddie Tait, sprints; Jamie Wichhart, throws; Kiana Wilson, sprints; Ashlynn Yokom, distance; Bethany Zimmerman, sprints.
Promising newcomers: Grace Young, sprints/hurdles; Tia Saunders, sprints; Zainab Makky, throws.
Outlook: Cronbaugh is the preeminent sprinter and long jumper in the state while Yokom is one of the top distance runners, finishing second at state cross country last fall. That’s a real good place to start any team. West also returns a number of state qualifiers: Schaeckenbach (400), Leveille (800, 1500), Mendoza (3000), Bobst (400 hurdles), Brayton (discus), Wichhart (shot). West has experience in the relays but did not score much in the way of points a year ago. It returns its entire 4×800 relay that finished sixth, two of the four from the shuttle, four from the distance medley, two of the 4×100, three of four from the 4×200, all four of the 4×400, three of four from the sprint medley. Parker said West, City and Cedar Falls will battle for the divisional title while the state contenders also include defending champion Waukee, West Des Moines Dowling and West Des Moines Valley.
Coach: Chad Swope (15th season).
Assistants: Andy Shea, Norm Balke, Nicole Kleinmeyer.
Last season: Fifth in Cedar Valley Conference.
Returning letterwinners: Zayna Abusada, Sr., distance; Nicole Bahl, Sr., sprints/hurdles; Natalie Bonthius, Sr., distance; Gabby Dutchik, Jr., middle distance; Ashley Gaffey, So., throws; Adriana Kammerer, So., distance; Claire Kleinmeyer, So., sprints; Jordyn Lehman, Sr., throws; Madison Meardon, Sr., sprints; Sam Milder, So., distance; Sydney Neuzil, Sr., sprints; Jacqueline Rapp, So., middle distance; Katherine Rapp, Sr., distance; Cat Rudolph, Jr., distance; Kim Shiu, Sr., sprints; Anna Utech, So., sprints; Elizabeth Wilson, Sr., sprints; Anna Zirtzman, Jr., throws.
Promising newcomers: Mac Conlon, Fr., sprints; Maddie Ingalls, Fr., sprints; Cammy Verducci, Fr., sprints.
Outlook: Swope thinks this is a team with great balance among the events. Last season, the Regals qualified for state in the 4×800 and distance medley relays. The 4×800 team returns all four runners (Jacqueline Rapp, Milder, Dutchik, Rudolph), and the distance medley returns three (Neuzil, Dutchik, Rapp) of four. Rapp also competed in the 1,500. Swope said the CVC race will be led by West Branch, West Liberty and Tipton.
Coach: Dennis Riley (30th season at West Liberty, 39th overall).
Assistants: Melia Raitt, Courtney Kelley, Brad Daufeldt.
Last season: Runner-up in CVC.
Returning letterwinners: Kristi Feldman, Sr., throws/sprints; Kathy Kaalberg, Sr., high jump/hurdles/sprints; Kennedi Simon, Sr., shot/hurdles/sprints; Marissa Kelly, Sr., hurdles/long sprints; Hayley Simon, Sr., hurdles/sprints/long jump; Cecy Garcia, Sr., sprints/middle distance; Shelby Martin, Sr., sprints; Grace Jedlicka, Sr., distance; Syd Warson, Sr., middle distance/high jump; McKayla Crees, Sr., shot/sprints; Elizabeth Muncy, Jr., hurdles/sprints; Kayla Kaalberg, So., sprints.
Promising newcomers: Audra Bridenstine, Fr., hurdles/sprints; Jessica Cook, Fr., long sprint/distance; Hailey Daufeldt, Fr., hurdles, sprints; Cassedi Simon, Fr., hurdles/long sprints; Maddie Simon, Fr., hurdles/long sprints; Alyssa Schemmel, Fr., shot/middle distance; Hanna Meade, Fr., shot/sprints/middle distance; Ella Hambright, Fr., sprints/middle distance.
Outlook: Returning state qualifiers include Kayla Kaalberg (800), Kathy Kaalberg (400 hurdles, high jump), Kristi Feldman (3rd in discus) and Kennedi Simon (shot). Three of the four shuttle relay members are back (Kathy Kaalberg, Marissa Kelly, Hayley Simon). Feldman is the school record holder in the discus and has qualified three times for state and twice for the Drake Relays. Coach Riley said the team’s strengths will be the field events with Feldman, Kennedi Simon and Kathy Kaalberg, hurdles and middle distance. He tabbed West Branch as the conference favorite.
Coach: Carol Lumpa and Scott Kelly (fourth season as co-head coaches).
Assistants: Harlan Ferguson, Dan Zuniga, Phil Johnson.
Last season: Won C Valley Conference title for fourth year in row; fourth at Class 2A state meet
Returning letterwinners: Courtney Bruns, Sr., distance; Lindsey Bruns, Sr., distance; Amber Eggers, Sr., sprints/hurdles, Heather Poula, Sr., middle distance; Kelli Vaughan, Sr., sprints; Shannon Laing, Jr., throws; Jenna Rohret, So., sprints; Maddy Russell, So., sprints/hurdles.
Promising newcomers: Maria Kyllingstad, Jr., sprints; Maddie Lynch, So., sprints; Leah McCune, So., sprints; Kim Gould, Fr., sprints; Bailey Lukavsky, Fr., long sprints; Taylor Milder, Fr., long sprints; Emma O’Hara, Fr., middle/long distance; Haley Poula, Fr., throws/long sprints; Allyson Simpson, Fr., sprints; Megan Tadlock, Fr., hurdles/sprints; Delaney Rife, Fr., sprints; Allie Russell, Fr., sprints; Sam Willoughby, Fr., hurdles/sprints.
Outlook: The Bears had an outstanding season a year ago winning the CVC and placing fourth at the state meet. They had 13 girls qualify for state in 13 events. Eight return with state meet experience (the Bruns sisters, Eggers, Heather Poula, Vaughan, Laing, Rohret, Russell). Courtney Bruns won the 3,000 last year but has been slowed by health issues. Lindsey, called a “tireless worker” by Lumpa, is the school record holder in the 1,500 and ran an 800 leg on the team’s medley at state. Vaughan is a top sprinter who was a member of the team’s fourth-place sprint medley. Poula, a three-time CVC 800 champ, leads the long sprints/middle distance group. Eggers was a member of the state fourth-place shuttle hurdle team and also will run sprints. “We will be strong in our throwing events, distance events, mid-distance, hurdle and sprint relays,” Lumpa said. High jump and long jump are question marks. She predicted West Liberty, Tipton, Regina and Mid-Prairie would challenge in the conference.
Coach: Brent Sands (11th season).
Assistants: Dan Dall, Josie Takes, Brad Wymer.
Last season: Won the WaMaC championship; third in Class 3A at state.
Returning letterwinners: Haley Bell, So., sprints; Lauren Benzing, Sr., distance; Jessica Brimeyer, Sr., sprints; Mallory Carr, Sr., middle distance; Kelsey Cave, Sr., throws/high jump; Corri Goldsmith, Sr., distance; Shelby Gunnels, So, throws; Emily Ira, So., sprints; Karly Kramer, Sr., sprints; Jadyn Miller, Sr., middle distance; Kara Misel, Sr., throws; Alyssa Rickels, Sr., middle distance; Madi Shafer, So, sprints; Alex Smith, So., distance; Rylee Smith, Jr., sprints
Promising newcomers: None listed.
Outlook: Star sprinter Emily Bransky is gone, but Solon returns 10 athletes who were state place-winners and three who were state qualifiers. Lauren Benzing is an elite distance runner who placed third last year in the 3,000, 1,500 and 800. Kelsey Cave was sixth and Kara Misel seventh in the 3A discus. Cave also was third in the high jump and Misel fourth in the shot. Rylee Smith was seventh in the 100 hurdles. Solon ran four underclassmen in its third-place distance medley and eighth-place 4×100 and three on the 4×200 and shuttle teams that placed sixth. The Spartans are in position to score a lot of points again.
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Coach: Jane Astor (23rd season).
Assistants: Teri Schultejans, Marcy Rahn, Bob Broghammer.
Last season: Finished sixth in WaMaC; 22nd at state meet.
Returning letterwinners: Alison Becicka, So., middle distance; Natalie Brimeyer, So., hurdles; Emily Broghammer, Jr., throws; Megan Hall, So., sprints; Chloe Keith, So., distance; Claire Riggan, So., sprints/long jump; Mia Smith, So., hurdles; Lauren Stopko, So., distance; Amy Brant, Jr., sprints; Celine Fender, Jr., hurdles; Tyhesia Simpson, Jr., sprints/long jump; Molly Villhauer, Jr., throws; Emma Crawford, Sr., sprints; Morgan Cox, Sr., throws; Kate Hergert, Sr., sprints.
Promising newcomers: Bailey Mooney, So, sprints; Megan Lukas, So., sprints; Kelli Murray, So., distance; Ashley Prusha, So., hurdles.
Outlook: The Clippers return nine athletes who qualified for the state meet, including six who were place-winners. Megan Hall ran in the 100 (did not place) and 200 (eighth) at state; Celine Fender in 100 hurdles (did not place). The shuttle hurdle relay team returns three of four as does the fourth-place 4×200 team. All four return from the distance medley (did not place). This is a very young team with few seniors. Coach Astor expects the sprints, hurdles and throws to be the team’s strengths. She expects Solon, West Delaware and Western Dubuque to challenge in the WaMaC.
Coach: Chris Tyler (Fourth season).
Assistants: Phil Conaway, Gary Curtis.
Last season: Sixth in Cedar Valley Conference.
Returning letterwinners: Ashley Goll, Sr., throws; Jessi Butters, Sr., sprint/middle distance/jumps; Hannah Ball, Sr., throws; Mallory McArtor, Sr., middle distance; Tayler Foster, Sr., middle distance; Kattie Redlinger, Sr., sprints; Meghan Redlinger, Sr., sprints; Courtney Shalla, Jr., sprints; Taylor Kurtz, So., throws; Lexi Duwa, So., sprints; Sadie Goll, So., middle distance.
Promising newcomers: Alisa Adrian, Sr., middle distance; Catalina Cucu, Jr., middle distance; Arissa Marine, Jr., sprint/middle distance; Faithe Garza, So., sprint/middle distance; Naomi Frantz, Fr., sprints; Maddi Zahradnek, Fr., distance; Hannah Van Roekel, Fr., distance; Emily Cayton, Fr., Erika Gingerich, Fr., sprints; sprints/middle distance; Alex Rath, Fr., sprint/middle distance/jumps; Ali Naylor, Fr., sprints; Sarah Ball, Fr., sprints; Annette McGaffey, Fr., sprints.
Outlook: Mallory McArtor qualified for state last year in the 400 hurdles, and the Golden Hawks qualified their 4×100 (all four return from fifth-place finisher), 4×200 (all four return from 10th-place team) and 4×800 relays (all return from 11th place team). Mid-Prairie has good numbers out and coach Tyler thinks the team’s strengths will be versatility and experience. He is concerned about injuries already this season. The Hawks expect to be a factor in the CVC race.
Coach: Dan Dickel (seventh season).
Assistants: Gary Hollingsworth, Angie Strobel, Josh Berry.
Last season: Finished in upper half of SEISC.
Returning letterwinners: Morgan Craig, So., hurdles/throws; Sam Dutton, So., sprints/high jump; Courtnee Hahn, So., sprinter; Katlin Hora, So., middle distance; Chelsea Lampe, So., distance; Megan Miller, Sr., shot put; Bridget Murphy, So., middle distance; Cheyenne Neal, So., hurdler; Mady Powers, Sr., discus; Jordan Rath, Jr., hurdles/sprints/middle distance; Kassie Vasquez, Sr., sprints; Paige Wieland, Sr., sprints/middle distance.
Promising newcomers: Cheyann Adamson, Fr., sprinter; Emily Stewart, Fr., distance.
Outlook: The Huskies return some state meet experience in Dutton, who was ninth in the high jump, and Vasquez and Wieland who were part of the team’s fifth-place sprint medley and ninth-place 4×200 relays. Dickel said the team’s strength will be in the throws, with Dutton in the high jump and in its depth. He mentioned Lone Tree as being one of the favorites in the conference.
Coach: Caylon DeVaul (first season).
Assistant: Katie Graf.
Last season: Finished ninth in SEISC.
Returning letterwinners: Ella Feldman, Sr., distance; Alena Loan, Sr., distance; Maggie Schmidt, Sr., sprints; Rachel Davidson, Sr., sprints; Dezi Martinez, Sr., throws; Nicole Zadow, Jr., throws; Maddie Flemr, Jr., sprints; Julie Wehmeyer, So., distance; Carson Gibson, So., sprints; MaKenzie Reynolds, So., throws; Darrian Spilman, So., sprints; Natie Attig, So., sprints; Mallori Chamberlin, So., distance.
Promising newcomers: Paige Doehrman, Fr., sprints; Aly Forbes, Fr., throws; Lexi Flake, Fr., sprints; Devyn Alt, Fr., sprints; Hannah Johnson, Fr., sprints.
Outlook: Flemr was a state qualifier in the 100 and was on the state runner-up 4×100. Gibson and Davidson were also on that 4×100 team. Feldman was a state 3,000 qualifier. “Our strengths will be our depth in the sprinting events,” DeVaul said. “Some of our question marks are hurdles and field-event depth.” Pekin and Mediapolis were cited as strong teams in the conference.