By Steve Peterson
Akron-Westfield boys’ track and field team opened the 2014 season with the War Eagle Conference indoor meet at Dordt College in Sioux Center March 17.
“It’s a glorified practice but good to compete. Our first outdoor meet is in three weeks, so we’re not worried. We still have a long way to go as we’re very young,” said A-W Boys’ Track & Field Head Coach Kent Johnson.
No team or individual scores or times were kept.
Highlights for the Westerners on last Monday included the following:
Dylan Blinde ran a good 55-Meters Low Hurdles with a 9.06 seconds time, said Johnson.
Ty DeRocher turned in the best 800-Meter Run time with a 22.8.
The 4 x 200 Meter Relay of Darrin Sanchez, Nate Sanchez, Cody Bosse and Devon Myers had a good time as did Sebastian Berg and Alex Logan in the 200-Meter Run with times of 27.1.
The 2014 A-W Boy’s track team consists of Jay Baisden, Sebasstian Berg, Dylan Blinde, Jackson Bowman, Cody Bosse, Caleb Colt, Ty DeRocher, Michael Finzen, Michael Ford, Arron Green, Brenden Hansen, Trevor Hansen, Montana Jackson, Kyle Johnson, Kane Lininger, Mason Mackey, Devon Myers, Derrin Sanchez, Matt Toben, Chris Voter, Casey Wall, Alex Wilken and John Wolthuizen.
For the girls track and field squad, Morgan Lavaway had a 5-feet effort in the High Jump for the best Lady Westerners’ finish.
“I’m really pleased with the girls’ efforts. For a lot of them it was their first meet. They’re all working hard for the outdoor opener and hopefully we’ll have some nice days and be able to get work in,” said A-W Girls’ Head Track and Field Coach Eric Walkingstick.
Freshmen on the A-W girls team are the following: Jessica Hansen, Morgan Lavaway and Danika Tindall.
Sophomores are Hannah Boehme, Trisha Frerichs, Katelyn Johnson, Sam Johnson, Khallie McLaughlin, Zoe Mullinix, Katherine Soendergaard, Erica Swoyer, Karolin Wanek, and Noemi Zrdetto.
Juniors are Alex Franker, Kelsey Jackson, Brei Moffatt and Sydney Pridie.
Seniors are Taylor Jaster, Madison Martinac, Shaina Rush and Sarah Schroeder.
A-W’s first outdoor meet is at 5 p.m., April 7 at Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn in Marcus.