Coach: Dan Stenz, first year
Last year: Sixth place, FRCC
Returning letter winners: Kate Winthieser, sr., Sara Leibham, jr., Stephanie Wagner, jr., Mariah Bennin, jr., Monique Felix, so.
Overview: This could be a rebuilding year for the Golden Raiders, whose roster includes just one senior. Despite its youth, the team expects balance across all events, while a cadre of strong returning juniors should help beef up Sheboygan North’s leadership.
Coach: Todd Tutas, sixth year
Last year: 11th place, FRCC
Returning letter winners: Molly Burkard, sr., Brooke Olson, sr., Lisa Champeau, sr., Lauren Pfile, jr., Kailya Nachtwey, jr., Kaytlin Lampe, jr., Abbey Schmitt, so., Amber Prunick, so., Adriana Vargas, so.
Overview: Molly Burkard, one of four captains on the Redwings roster, qualified for sectionals last year in the high jump, and should prove an important base around which South can build its 2013 campaign.
Coach: Jamie Arenz, third year
Last year: Fifth place, EWC
Returning letter winners: Macy Grybush, sr., Jena Williams, jr., Chey Woepse, jr., M. Dahmer, jr., G. Binversie, so., T. Binversie, so., Gabby Daane, so., M. Henning, so., Alli Reseburg, so., Emma Field, so., Addie Lucas, so.
Overview: The Raiders expect to find their strength in long and mid-distance events. The team saw an exodus of powerful senior runners after last season, but junior Jena Williams will return after earning a 14th-place finish in the 3200 run at last year’s Division 2 State Track and Field Championships. Williams promises to be a strong foundation for Kiel’s distance program.
Coach: Ryan Metko, 10th year
Last year: Seventh place, EWC
Returning letter winners: Carolyn Barth, sr., Caitlin Guell, sr., Sarah Winkler, sr., Maria Brenner, jr., Erin Diederich, so., McKenzie Freund, so.
Overview: The team has shown a good attitude and work ethic early in the season, and a roster loaded with first-year athletes promises a season of growth and improvement for the Huskies–though a lack of depth in some events could prove problematic.
Coach: Jay Grosshuesch, 15th year
Last year: First place, EWC
Returning letter winners: Rachael Cecka, sr., Megan Holec, sr., Becky Schwartz, sr., Julie Binder, jr., Katy Boening, jr., Chloe Kastelic, jr., Elizabeth Raeder, jr., Nikki Reil, jr., Mary Albert, so., Jonell Klopf, so., Brooke Koehn, so., Julia Novotny, so., Abby Payne, so.
Overview: The Panthers have had a good thing going in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference, where they’ve won five conference crowns in a row — their most recent coming last year en route to a second-place finish in the Division 1 state championships. Plymouth will miss Jenni Rathsack, Niki Rhyan, Haley Johnson, Michelle Hilke, Liz Schultz and Joann Wolfenberg, seniors who had a lot to do with the team’s successful run to State last year. But the Panthers also return state qualifiers Megan Holec, who ran in the 1600 relay last year in La Cross; and Rachael Cecka, who took 11th in the state high jump. Holec is part of a contingent of other mid- to long-distance runners that’s expected to help lead the team this year.
Coach: Linda Goedert, sixth year
Last year: Second place, EWC
Returning letter winners: Michaela Audino, sr., Nicole Fenner, sr., Genevieve Gates, sr., Staci Hasler, sr., Anna Mathieu, sr., Katherine Graumann, jr., Dee Ison, jr., Amanda Kaat, jr., Jessy Liebelt, jr., Maria Mueller, jr., Sam Reilly, jr., Kate Basseuner, so., Haley Schibur, so.
Overview: The Falcons were the No. 2 team in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference last season, and the team may not be stopping for a breath this spring. Sheboygan Falls returns more than a dozen letter winners, including all four members of a 400 meter relay team that took seventh place at last year’s Division 2 State Track and Field Championships (that would be seniors Michaela Audino, Staci Hasler and Nicole Fenner and junior Jessy Liebelt). Liebelt also finished tied for 12th in the state long jump. This year’s roster also boasts a bevy of returning sectional qualifiers and school record-holders. Basically, Sheboygan Falls will look a lot like it did last year — which bodes well for Falcons fans.
Coach: Les Paul, eighth year
Last year: T-Fourth place, CLC
Returning letter winners: Melike Birlik, sr., Tammi Del Ponte, sr., Chloe Paul, sr., Jolene Deppiesse, jr., Margaret Cobb, jr., Jericho Duenk, jr., Molly Ison, jr., Cara Jones, jr., Katie Krier, jr., Kelly Brochtrup, so., Megan Opgenorth, so., Lily Paul, so.
Overview: Strong cross country runners Tammi Del Ponte, Lily Paul, Molly Ison and Jericho Duenk should produce a solid 3200 relay team, and plenty of sophomores and brand new freshmen should help the Rockets round out their roster. A lack of depth in sprinting could be an issue, but strength in field events should keep Cedar Grove-Belgium competitive.
Coach: Chris Petrie, first year
Last year: Eighth place, CLC
Returning letter winners: None.
Overview: This is a young bunch under a first-year coach. The Resorters’ two juniors are the oldest athletes on this year’s roster, and there are zero letter winners returning from last season. This should be a good opportunity to build up a strong lineup for next year and beyond, when this spring’s crop of fresh-faced runners can try to capitalize on the experience they’ll gain this year.
Coach: Tyler Biederwolf, third year
Last year: Sixth place, CLC
Returning letter winners: Abby Wasmer, sr., Cassie Marver, sr., Crystal Peterman, sr., Emily Eschen, jr., Megan Grimmenga, jr., Allisha Kaeppler, jr., Theresa Manderle, jr., Natalie Schnell, jr., Lauren Sheahan, jr., Michaela Teunissen, jr., Ireland Webster, jr., Becca Young, jr., Ali Schueler, so.
Overview: Howards Grove has plenty of talent in its ranks — of the Tigers’ 18 athletes, 13 have had solid varsity experience in the past. Coach Tyler Biederwolf says his athletes have plenty of dedication, but there’s a question mark over how the girls will get distributed across events.
Coach: Duane DuMez, 33rd year
Last year: Third place, CLC
Returning letter winners: Mari Marzano, sr., Emma Ziemer, sr., Kayleigh Zittel, jr., Valerie Linck, jr., Courtney Rutten, jr., Mara Todd, so.
Overview: The Blue Bombers return six letter winners, including three juniors and two seniors. But with only 12 athletes overall, Kohler will look to focus more on the individual goals rather than team ones. DuMez is pleased with his hard-working group and is looking for improvement throughout the year.
Coach: Amy Antes, third year
Last year: T-Fourth place, CLC
Returning letter winners: Cassie Sheahan, sr., Crystal Jaeger, sr., Sara Gross, sr., Erin Bartenstein, jr., Shannon Boldt, jr., Morgan Knapp, so., Emily Kretz, so., Aly Hoftiezer, so.
Overview: A small roster could hamstring Oostburg in the Central Lakeshore Conference’s team standings. But a few strong athletes should promise the Flying Dutchmen a strong campaign in a few individual events.
Coach: Christopher Weavers, fourth year
Last year: Seventh place, CLC
Returning letter winners: Kaelyn Griffin, sr., Jessika Dieringer, so., Candice Kroening, so., Holly Hamm, so., Lian Brenner, so.
Overview: Returning state qualifier Jessika Dieringer — who competed in the 400- and 200-meter dashes and the long jump at last year’s state championships (she medaled in the 400) — should form a sturdy foundation on which fourth-year head coach Christopher Weavers can continue building Ozaukee’s program.
Coach: David Olson, 10th year
Last year: First place, CLC
Returning letter winners: Heidi Flanders, sr., Lauren Grover, sr., Jessi Hartwig, sr., Becca Hiller, sr., Miranda Hurley, sr., Callie Jones, sr., Cassandra Hartwig, jr., Morgan Jacoby, jr., Mikayla Kirchner, jr., Hannah Leider, jr., Jessica Mueller, jr., Victoria Pieper, jr., Delaney Sinnen, jr., Grace Stevens, jr., Jenni Schanen, so., Lauren Faller, so.
Overview: The Rams bring back six state qualifiers — Lauren Faller, Heidi Flanders, Morgan Jacoby, Callie Jones, Mikayla Kirchner and Delaney Sinnen — and even more all-Central Lakeshore Conference athletes from last year. Even better: All those athletes are spread throughout most events; Random Lake lacks veteran depth only in hurdles, though a group of strong freshmen should help fill in any holes in the roster.
Coach: Hans Otten
Last year: Second place, CLC
Returning letter winners: Erynn Sass, sr., Ashley Scheele, sr., Hannah Barrow, jr., Alexandra Blindauer, jr., Maggie Gruben, jr., Emily Hammann, jr., Rachel Holk, so.
Overview: One of the key ingredients — Erynn Sass — from the Crusaders’ state-bound season in 2012 is back to help pilot Lutheran through another hopeful campaign. Sass took sixth place in last year’s state 300-meter hurdles, and Lutheran finished in a three-way tie for 28th place in the Division 3 State Championships. Sass is one of two veteran seniors on the team this year, and the junior- and sophomore-laden roster should promise plenty of clay with which the Crusaders’ leaders can work to mold another solid year.