By Steve Peterson
“Track is never easy and this year was tougher with the weather. These girls pushed through obstacles and found new levels. When you survive 6:30 a.m. workouts, I appreciate their efforts and hard work,” said A-W girls’ track coach Coach Eric Walkingstick.
Runner-up for individual points was Robyn Peinke and the team leader in points was Katie Johnson.
Team members were Kayla Brovold, Katie Coyle, Chandra DeRocher, Alex Franker, Trisha Frerichs, Lexi Hageman, Kelsey Jackson, Kali Kriener, Emily Miller, Brei Moffatt, Jordan Most, Taylor Myers, Desi Oltmanns, Lucilla Orisini (manager), Sydney Pridie, Madison Rife, Sarah Schroeder and Jaclyn Smith.
The highlight for the Westerners’ season was that senior Garrett Wall qualified for the State Track and Field Meet in the 3,200-Meter Run by winning the Class 1A State Qualifying Meet title.
Wall was the team’s top point earner in the weather-shortened season with 115 points. Wall had also qualified for the State Cross Country Meet last fall.
Junior Chance Hoffman was second with 78 points.
“Starting out the year with 30 boys on the track and field team was an encouraging sign for the sport. Many improved in this weather-shortened season, which was due to six meet cancellations.
“A-W finished runner-up at the Falcons’ Relays and fourth out of 11 teams at the War Eagle Conference meet. We also placed fifth in a tough regional. I would like to thank Coach Walkingstick and Coach John Ludwig for all their help this past season,” said A-W Boys’ Track and Field Coach Kent Johnson.
Seniors on the team and their events were Kyle Schroeder who competed in the Shot Put Throw, 4 x 200 Meter Relay Run, and the Weightman’s 4 x 100 Relay. Daniel Dirks was in the 110 Meter High Hurdles, the 400 Meter Low Hurdles and the 4 x 100 Meter Relay. Daniel Beitelspacher participated in the 4 x 100 Meter Relay, the Medley Relay, 4 x 200 Meter Relay and the 100 Meter Run. Fernando Sanchez was in the 4 x 800 Meter Relay; Jesse Jolin was in the 4 x 100 Meter Relay and Wall was in the 1,600 Meter Run, 3,200 Meter Run and the 800 Meter Run.
Freshmen team members were Matt Toben of the Weightman’s 4 x 100 Meter Run, 100 Meter Run, 200 Meter Run, Shot Put Throw and Discus Throw. Kane Lininger participated in the 4 x 800 Meter Relay, 800 and 400 Meter Runs. Caleb Colt was in the 4 x 100 Meter Relay and 100 Meter Run. Zach Bosse took part in the 4 x 100 Meter Run, 100 Meter Run, Shot Put Throw and Discus Throw. Spenser Wardrip ran in the 4 X 800 Meter Relay and the 400 Low Hurdles.
Sophomores and their events were Dylan Blinde in the 400 Low Hurdles; Shuttle Hurdle Relay; 4 x 800 Meter Relay; 110 Meter High Hurdles. Michael Peinke was in the 4 x 800 Meter Relay and the 4 x 400 Meter Relay. Devon Myers competed in the Long Jump and the 4 x 100 Meter Relay. Joe Welch was in the Shot Put Throw and the Discus Throw. Alex Wilken participated in the High Jump and Shawn Taylor was competing in the 1,600 Meter Run, 800 Meter Run and the 4 x 800 Meter Run.
Juniors and their events were Scott Garrett in the Shot Put Throw and the Discus Throw. Trevor Hansen was in the 4 x 800 Meter Relay and the 800 Meter Run. John Wolthuizen was in the 4 x 1800 Meter Relay, the 4 x 400 Meter Relay and the 400 Meter Run. Cody Bosse competed in the 4 x 100 Meter Relay, 4 x 200 Meter Relay and the Medley Relay. Arron Green was in the Weightman’s 4 x 100 Meter Relay, Shot Put Throw and Discus Throw. Chance Hoffman was in the 4 x 100 Meter Run, Shuttle Hurdle Relay and the 4 x 200 Meter Relay.
For All-WEC Taylor James was a First Team selection and Cory Eskra was Second Team for the boys’ team.
Eskra had the fewest putts per nine holes.
Letter winners were Kevin Carlson, Tavian Banks, Dominick Foley and Alex Foley,
Participant Award recipients were Jacob Neubrand, Tyler Waterbury, Wyatt Heyl and Tanner Coyle.
The boys had a 4-4 record in WEC duals for fifth place. Coach Todd Colt’s team finished second in the Hinton sectional and qualified for the Spencer district meet on May 16 but finished fifth and did not make state. Eskra had the best score at district.
“It’s been a very good year,” said Colt.
Kayla Tindall was First Team All Conference for the girls.
Dana Hedlund qualified for the district meet.
Letter winners were Kortney Hedlund, Katie Black, Ryleigh Schnell and Jacynda Banks.
Participant Award recipients were Cali Westergard, Chelby Minor and Sam Johnson.
The girls’ team had a 6-4 record for fourth place in the WEC.
Cheerleaders for the fall sports were Kayla Brovold, Madison Martinac, Elizabeth Bohlke, Erika Swoyer, Chelby Minor, Kelcie Wakeman, Jessen Wood, and Vanessa Horton.
Basketball teams’ cheerleaders were Kristen Foley, Madison Rife, Vanessa Horton, Alex Franker and Kelcie Wakeman.
Wrestling team’s cheerleaders were Katlyn Mace, Jayde Ostermyer, Jessen Wood, Marlenne Arreola, Lexi Hageman, Chelby Miner and Erika Swoyer.
The Cheerleading coach was Casey Jacobs.
No cheerleading awards were presented at the banquet.