Girls track and field: St. Mary’s Springs is strong again

Girls track and field: St. Mary’s Springs is strong again


Girls track and field: St. Mary’s Springs is strong again


The St. Mary’s Springs’ duo of Melanie Schneider and Liz Bohn can put on quite a two-person show during a track and field invitational.

Ledgers coach Shane Smith knows for his team to be successful, though, his stars must be part of an ensemble cast. And that’s just what Smith believes he has.

“This is one of the most well-rounded teams I’ve ever had,” Smith said. “Relays, jumps, sprints … I believe we have it all.

“Two years ago, we were runner up at the state meet and that’s what we had then, (points) coming from a lot of different areas. If you don’t have a bunch of state champions, you need points coming from a lot of different events.”

The Ledgers, though, may have both.

Bohn and Schneider combined for five medals at last year’s state meet and both seniors are expected to rack up plenty of points for the Ledgers this season once again. But Smith is looking for more than just top finishes.

“My expectations for those two is to be leaders,” Smith said. “Everybody knows their talents. They know that they are going to be good, but it’s important to show leadership. That’s what I’m looking for from them.”

Bohn, who will run next year at South Dakota State, finished third in the 800-meter run and fifth in the 1,600-meter run last year. Schneider was fifth in the 400 meters and finished eighth in both the 200 meters and the triple jump.

Both were also members of the state-winning 3,200-meter relay team — the third straight year the Ledgers have reigned over the state in the event — joining Paige Case and Alannah Schmitz. Case also returns this season.

Seniors Lizzie Leichtle in the throws and Megan McGovern in the hurdles and relays both return and will be counted on as consistent point scorers.

Smith also is expecting contributions from sophomores Emily McGovern and Anja Smith and freshman Tristan Scholler, while he hopes to make the most of the depth with 26 athletes on the Ledgers’ roster.

“It does allow us to (rest athletes) and I’m really excited about being able to do that,” Smith said. “I told the girls that we don’t have to have someone in four events and that allows them to rest up and focus on that one or two races.”

Fond du Lac

A talented group of middle distance and distance runners lead what should be a balanced squad as the Cardinals look to challenge for one of the top spots in the Fox Valley Association.

Returning state qualifier Annie Moore, a junior, highlights the group after making it to La Crosse in the 800 and 1,600 meters last season. Freshman Ally Gietzel, a state qualifier in cross country, and seniors Jeannie Bestor and Megan Buechel are also expected to be key contributors from 400 meters on up.

Other top returning athletes include seniors Emily Miller in the triple jump and relays, Nicole Geitzel in the long jump and relays as well as senior Carisma Anderson in the throws.

First-year head coach Kevin Deering, who said the Cardinals will sport a roster of about 60 athletes, also spotlighted sophomore Katie Retzlaff, Bailey Tracy, Toni Winkler and Emily Ziegler as returning athletes who are expected to continue.

“We have pieces all over the place this year, it’s just putting them together,” Deering said. “We’re trying to be injury-free come the end of the season so we can put our best team out on the track.”

Winnebago Lutheran

The Vikings return three-fourths of last year’s record-setting 400-meter relay team to lead the squad entering 2015.

Alysha Kahlow, who finished third in the Flyway Conference meet in the 100 meters, joins Rachel Bock and Jenna Schmitz as returning runners on the 400-meter relay team.

WLA also should be strong in the field events with Bock in the long jump and thrower MacKenzie Boehlke leading the way.


State qualifiers Jasmine and Taylor Dolske return for their senior seasons and will once again provide consistent points for the Warriors.

Jasmine Dolske is the school record-holder in the discus and both sisters qualified in the discus last season and just missed qualifying in the shot put.

Head coach Matt Dickhut is also looking to senior Kayla Bonack in the hurdles and triple jump and juniors Emma Stelsel in the sprints and Hannah Smith in the distance race as key returners for Waupun.

Newcomers Elyse Stelsel and Hailey Smith are also expected to contribute.

North Fond du Lac

The Orioles have only 10 girls out for the squad, which will be led by Ginnie Harney, who returns to coaching after stepping away in 2000. She served as a volunteer assistant for the last four seasons and will be serving as co-head coach along with Brian Jagodzinski and Zach Ruch.

Leading the team on the track will be junior captains Dakota Wesenberg in the throws and Erica Schwartz in the sprints and relays, while Harney was also excited about the team’s young distance runners.

“We don’t have a lot of girls but we do have some good young girls,” Harney said.


Led by talented distance runner Hailey Isaac as well as a pair of strong relays, the Spartans are looking to challenge the top teams in the Flyway Conference.

Isaac, a state qualifier in cross country, was a sectional qualifier in both the 1,600 and 3,200 meters a year ago while also running on Laconia’s 3,200-meter relay team that is within reach of the school record.

In addition to Isaac, Ally Francis and Nicole Schmuhl will lead the 3,200-meter relay team, while Francis, Schmuhl, Ashley Pluim return to the 1,600-meter relay, which will likely add Madi Pullam.


The Lions’ roster sports only two seniors so Lomira will look to some young talent to lead the way this season.

Seniors Puneet Bajwa in the throws and Layla Alberts in the hurdles will be counted on by head coach John Muenter to lead the young squad, which finished seventh among the 10 teams at last year’s regional meet.

“We’re a pretty young group,” Muenter said of his 19-member squad. “We actually have a few more girls than usual and some promising freshmen.”


A strong group of sprinters will likely lead the way for the Cardinals entering the season.

Sophomore Amy Chen won the regional title in the 100 meters and was a part of a school-record setting 400-meter relay team along with Taylor Mangan, Cassie Strook and Brianna Huizenga, all of whom are returning this season.

Mayville should also be strong in the middle distance, led by senior Erica Wenninger, while fellow senior Alex McGraw is also expected to contribute for the Cardinals.

Central Wisconsin Christian

The Crusaders will open the season with just seven girls on the roster.

Katie Miller is the lone senior on the squad and will be competing in the sprint events for CWC.

Editor’s Note:No information was available from Campbellsport.

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