Girls Track & Field Overview: Falls looks to defend EWC title

Girls Track & Field Overview: Falls looks to defend EWC title

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Girls Track & Field Overview: Falls looks to defend EWC title

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Sheboygan North

Coach: Dan Stenz, second year

Last year: Tenth place, FRCC

Returning letter winners: Mariah Bennin, sr., Monique Felix, jr., Nicole Barth, jr., Sara Risseeuw, so., Erykah Gort, so., Katie Reinemann, so.

Overview: Mariah Bennin returns after advancing to State in the pole vault last year, where she finished 17th. But she’s the only senior on a team poised to enter a rebuilding season with lots of freshmen and sophomores. The returning letter winners and veteran upperclassmen should form a strong framework for those rebuilding efforts.

Sheboygan South

Coach: Todd Tutas, 31st year

Last year: Tied-11th place, FRCC

Returning letter winners: Kailya Nachtwey, sr., Lauren Pfile, sr., Makyla Buckley, sr., Amber Prunick, jr., Carissa Gregory, jr., Samantha Melendez, jr., Olivia Post, jr., Lilly Stenz, jr., Jessika McNellis, so., Alissa Stone, so., Adriana Vargas, so., Ari Vorpahl, so., Autumn Weimann, so.

Overview: A nice-sized roster with plenty of returning letter-winner talent should make a sturdy foundation and make for plenty of depth for the Redwings this spring. The team boasts its greatest depth in the sprints, and field events look to be strong, too, while distance runners have shown improvement over the offseason.

Kiel

Coach: Jamie Arenz, fourth year

Last year: Fifth place, EWC

Returning letter winners: Leigha Casper, sr., Maddie Dahmer, sr., Jena Williams, sr., Cheyenne Woepse, sr., Gretta Binversie, jr., Taylor Binversie, jr., Gabby Daane, jr., Emma Field, jr., Leah Henning, jr., Michelle Henning, jr., Addie Lucas, jr., Addy Dahmer, so., Britt Jaeger, so., Kayla Lallensack, so., Sierra Lieburn, so.

Overview: Kayla Lallensack was a freshman qualifier last year in the 200-meter dash and Jena Williams qualified for State two years ago, giving the Raiders some strong veteran talent around which to build this spring. Longer-distance running boasts some of the best depth on the team, and the four strong relay teams from last season return the bulk of their lineups.

New Holstein

Coach: Richard Mueller, first year

Last year: Seventh place, EWC

Returning letter winners: Maria Brenner, sr., McKenzi Freund, jr., Maci Fannin, jr., Erin Diedrich, jr., Jill Diedrich, jr., Madison Renfrow, jr., Carly Roepke, so.,

Overview: Maria Brenner has qualified for sectionals before and could be among the more veteran leaders the team looks to build around. But a number of other veteran letter winners return to help lend depth for the Huskies as well.

Plymouth

Coach: Jay Grosshuesch, 16th year

Last year: Second place, EWC

Returning letter winners: Julie Binder, sr., Chloe Kastelic, sr., Taylor Meyer, sr., Elizabeth Raeder, sr., Nikki Reil, sr., Mary Albert, jr., Jonell Klopf, jr., Brooke Koehn, jr., Julia Novotny, jr., Abby Payne, jr., Ali Van Ells, jr., Claire Wichert, jr., Elizabeth Baus, so., Sophie Bolich, so., Karly Knaus, so., Kyra Kronberg, so., Morgan Lisowe, so.

Overview: Sophie Bolich will look to build on a freshman season that saw her finish 19th in the 3200 run at last year’s Division 1 state championship. There are lots of reasons Jay Grosshuesch can get excited about this spring, though. His girls roster boasts 70 athletes and 17 veteran letter winners, giving him a deep talent pool from which to draw this season.

Sheboygan Falls

Coach: Linda Goedert, seventh year

Last year: First place, EWC

Returning letter winners: Samantha Reilly, sr., Jessy Liebelt, sr., Maria Mueller, sr., Katherine Graumann, sr., Amanda Kaat, sr., Karisa Rusch, sr., Kate Basseuner, jr., Rachel Gremminger, jr., Haley Schibur, jr., Allison Dorn, so., Beth Schueffner, so., Kim Schwobe, so., Erika Van Engen, so.

Overview: The Falcons finished a whopping 11th at last year’s WIAA Division 2 state championship meet in La Crosse, but will need to replace state champion discus thrower Genevieve Gates and also-graduated Staci Hasler, who took third in the state high jump and qualified in multiple relays. State discus and shot put qualifier (and shot put conference champion) Samantha Reilly is back, though, as are a few members of qualifying relay teams, including Jessy Liebelt, Dee Ison and Maria Mueller. Overall, there’s lots of talent to work with, which should help the Falcons make up for the seniors who left the program after last season.

Cedar Grove- Belgium

Coach: Les Paul, 10th year

Last year: Fourth place, CLC

Returning letter winners: Margaret Cobb, sr., Jolene Deppiesse, sr., Jericho Duenk, sr., Molly Ison, sr., Cara Jones, sr., Kelly Brochtrup, jr., Linzy Kappler, jr., Megan Opgenorth, jr., Lily Paul, jr., Samantha Ritter, so., Nicole Veldhorst, so.

Overview: The Rockets will need to replace distance runner Tami Del Ponte, who finished 13th in the 3200-meter run at last year’s state championship. But strong numbers of incoming freshmen along with promising cross country runners should bode well for Cedar Grove.

Elkhart Lake- Glenbeulah

Coach: Chris Petrie, second year

Last year: Tied-seventh place, CLC

Returning letter winners: Izzy Sadiq, sr., Amber Bonebrake, so., Emily Holzmann, so., Sophie Lutzke, so., Eliza Meyers, so.

Overview: Emily Holzmann is back after a freshman season that saw her claim conference titles in both hurdle events and place eighth in the state 100-meter hurdles. There are few seniors or juniors on the team, meaning the Resorters can build on a strong foundation of younger athletes over the next few seasons.

Howards Grove

Coach: Tyler Biederwolf, fourth year

Last year: Third place, CLC

Returning letter winners: Emily Eschen, sr., Allisha Kaeppler, sr., Theresa Manderle, sr., Natalie Schnell, sr., Lauren Sheahan, sr., Ireland Webster, sr., Rebecca Young, sr., Autumn Risch, jr., Ali Schueler, jr., Noelle Eschen, so., Natalie McCraw, so., Erin Spieth, so.

Overview: The Tigers have a roster loaded with returning athletes who can provide leadership. But the roster is small, making for a lack of depth and could make it difficult for coach Tyler Biederwolf to place each athlete in the best position in time for the conference championship meet.

Kohler

Coach: Duane DuMez, 34th year

Last year: Fifth place, CLC

Returning letter winners: Kayleigh Zittel, sr., Valerie Linck, sr., Courtney Rutten, sr., Jessica Beasley, jr., Leigh Schlecht, jr., Frannie Hillstrom, so., Chloi Ducharm, so.

Overview: Kohler will need to replace Mari Marzano in the field after the now-graduated shot putter finished 15th in the Division 3 state meet last season. There are only seven returning letter winners, but the Blue Bombers’ overall numbers are up, which should add some depth. Kohler’s JV team is co-oping with Sheboygan Christian in hopes of combining at the varsity level next year.

Oostburg

Coach: Jack Rauwerdink, 31st year

Last year: Sixth place, CLC

Returning letter winners: Erin Bartenstein, sr., Shannon Boldt, sr., Sammi Jentsch, sr., Morgan Knapp, jr., Aly Hoftiezer, jr., Emily Kretz, jr., Kayla DuMez, so., Miranda Markham, so., Danielle Bossler, so., Jenny Gross, so.

Overview: Central Lakeshore Conference champion discus thrower Shannon Boldt is back with a good-sized cadre of veteran letter winners. The Flying Dutchmen have better numbers than they’ve had recently, and the mix of newer athletes and veteran returners should help add strength.

Ozaukee

Coach: Christopher Weavers, fifth year

Last year: Tied-seventh place, CLC

Returning letter winners: Candice Kroening, jr., Cassie Ullsperger, jr., Holly Hamm, jr., Jessika Dieringer, jr., Lian Brenner, jr., Lisa Gensrick, jr., Rachel Wilde, jr.

Overview: Jessika Dieringer is back after registering a fifth-place finish in the state 400 dash and qualifying in multiple other events. The standout sprinter and jumper already holds a school record in the 400, and should look to lead the Warriors’ pack of returning letter winners.

Random Lake

Coach: Nathan Urness, first year

Last year: First place, CLC

Returning letter winners: Mikayla Kirchner, sr., Cassandra Hartwig, sr., Jessica Mueller, sr., Morgan Jacoby, sr., Hannah Leider, sr., Victoria Pieper, sr., Delaney Sinnen, sr., Grace Stevens, sr., Davita Markiewicz, jr., Lauren Faller, jr., Jenni Schannen, jr., Bobbi Schlenvogt, jr., Keegan Houpt, so., Kylie Armstrong, so.

Overview: Delaney Sinnen is back a year after finishing runner-up in both the 1600- and 3200-meter runs and sixth in the high jump, and just a few months after she won the state cross country championship. The Rams finished 12th at last year’s Division 2 state championship meet and, besides Sinnen, return plenty of other strong athletes to help make them a strong team again this spring.

Sheboygan Lutheran

Coach: Hans Otten

Last year: Second place, CLC

Returning letter winners: Hannah Barrow, sr., Alexandra Blindauer, sr., Bianca Castellano, sr., Rachel Holk, jr., Tess Leibham, jr., Kelsey Haack, so., Taylor Teske, so., Ashley Obbereich, so.

Overview: Junior Tess Leibham finished 11th last year at State in the 3200-meter run and should be one of the team’s anchors this year. She’s surrounded by plenty of veteran returners.

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