By HDN staff
Tuesday, May 11
It has been a short season, shortened even more because of bad weather but area track team will compete on Wednesday at the Havre Middle School Track at the District 9C track meet.
The KG KouGars, who took second at state last year, have been dominating every meet they have been at this year under the direction of coach Paul Anderson.
KG has many weapons, in Jake Stuart who has set school records this year in the javelin, 200 and 800. Rhett Crites is as strong as ever after returning from an ankle injury in the jumps. With the Stehman brothers seniors this year and are running well with the rest of the distance running crew from KG.
On the girls side for the KouGars, Christin Smith had returned this year and ran well in the 1600 and 3200 after winning at state last year. Also for KG, Jenny Jorgenson is back after an injury and picking up were she left off.
Anderson said he is just hoping for a good day and they will try to advance as many athletes as possible. Anderson said he just hopes he has a lot of athletes at practice next week.
This is step No. 1 on the way to state, Anderson said.
On the girls side the Big Sandy Pioneers have a legitimate shot at winning the title. Roy Lackner returns with a young team but one that is full of talent. Jenny Silvan has been strong this year in the pole vault and sprints. The Pioneers also have some strength in the middle distances and relays. The one area were Big Sandy lacks is in the throws.
Lackner said his girls should compete well at the district level. Lackner said there have not been a lot of meets this year and he said this meet will give them just one more week of practice. Other than the throws Lackner said were not that great, were okay.
For the Pioneers on the boys side, Mark Nelson and Mace Mangold will star in the pole vault after competing well last year and all this season. Dave Nelson has just eight athletes out this year but said they are working hard and have a chance to move on.
Blue Sky came off a successful weekend as their girls team won at Geraldine. The Eagles girls team has strength in Carlye Redding who has done well in the sprints and jumps this season. The Eagles also have seen success from Lindsey Letang and Bethany Chinadle.
On the boys side for Blue Sky, Reed Peterson place at the Cascade Top Eight and is running well. Jason Horel has also done some good things this year. Dusty Hornick started the season strong but has suffered an injury late in the season.
Blue Sky coach Bill Mulvaney said the district meet should be a good one. He said that at this point they just want to qualify as many athletes as possible. Mulvaney said the girls team should place in the top three and he said the boys team should be second.
Turner has a good shot on the boys side of advancing some athletes with W.K. Sanguins doing well in the discus and javelin. Brandon Sparks has been competing well in the 110 and 300 hurdles. Finally Shimon Takoi has been having a good year in the high jump. For the the Turner girls team Michi Seydler placed in the long jump this last weekend. Lisa Woods has a chance to move on in 200 and 400. The Tornadoes are very young this year with just Sparks and Sanguins having the only track experience.
Tornadoes coach Roger Sparks said his athletes should do well at districts. Sparks said he expects B. Sparks to compete for the 300 hurdles title and also place high in the 110. He said Sanguins could place if he has a good day and Takoi should do well after taking a couple days off.
Sparks said they dont have a big enough team to try and compete for the team title but said they are working on individual success.
Hays-Lodgepole has a large number of athletes out for track this season but they are a very young team. Ervin Doney has had some success in the throws and there are other athletes on the team that have the chance to step up and place at the district meet. Lester Doney placed in the 400 in the Whitewater meet and Casey Martin pick up the javelin part way through the season and has been progressing well in that event.
Thunderbirds coach Jim Flansburg said he has a lot of athletes that are right on the bubble. Flansburg said one goal is to get the shot putters to 38-0 and he said they are getting there slowly but surely. The forward progress has been a little slow but Flansburg said the athletes have been hitting the weights and training and know they will just come to districts and see how it works out.
The Bears of Box Elder have just three girls out for track this year but they have been improving every week. Josephine Windy Boy had a good year last year and has kept it up this year and could advance to the next level. Tessie Lamere did place last weekend in the javelin and should do well in all of her throwing events.
Box Elder coach Shawna Remus all three athletes are excite and Lamere should do well in throwing events and Windy Boy in her running events and both hoping to go on to divisionals. Remus said she is very pleased with how they have improved every meet and said they are all very hard workers and good to work with.
The Rocky Boy track team has had some athletes place this year and they will be trying to advance athletes to the divisional level.