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Tigers have high expectations on track

The return of 11 letterwinners and the addition of several promising athletes have head coach Ed Heltunen expecting a successful season from the Nevis boys and girls track and field teams.

Leading the boys team will be senior Logan Tinnes (110-meter hurdles, 4 x 100 relay, long jump); junior Kyle Schmidt (100, 200, 4 x 100 relay, long jump); freshmen Michael Wegscheid (400, 4 x 800 relay, long jump) and Michael Gunn (4 x 800 relay, 1,600); and eighth grader Jack McNamee (800, 4 x 800 relay, high jump) while senior Hannah Anderson (400, 4 x 400 relay, 4 x 200 relay, triple jump), sophomores Andrea Dudley (4 x 100 relay, 4 x 200 relay, 300 hurdles, triple jump) and Natalee Hockett (200, 4 x 100 relay, 4 x 200 relay, long jump), and freshmen Cole Mastley (shot put, discus), Ivy Huckbody (shot put, discus) and Anna Hennagir (200, 400, 4 x 400 relay, triple jump) return to lead the girls team.

At last year's Section 8A meet, Anderson placed fifth in the triple jump and eighth in the long jump while Dudley was seventh in the triple jump. Tinnes advanced to the finals in the 110 hurdles while Gunn placed 16th in the 3,200 run. The Tigers also had both 4 x 100 relay teams place eighth.

Also being counted on to contribute on the varsity teams this season are seniors Molly Stack (800, 4 x 400 relay), Cielo Mooney (800, 4 x 400 relay), Nokomi Olson (100, 4 x 100 relay, 4 x 200 relay) and Austin Yabandith (100, 200, 4 x 100 relay); juniors Noah Veit (200, 4 x 100 relay, 4 x 200 relay), Jack DeWulf (100, 200, 4 x 100 relay, 4 x 200 relay), Randi Nielsen (100, 100 hurdles, 4 x 100 relay) and Tom Wormley (200, triple jump); sophomore Nicole Kalla (800, 1,600, long jump); freshmen Liam Andress (shot put, discus), Ben Bloomquist (200, 4 x 100 relay, 4 x 200 relay), Teri Girtz (100, 200) and Sierra Woorlie (shot put, discus); and eighth grader Sadie Thurner (100, 100 hurdles, 4 x 100 relay).

"We are a young team with 29 athletes in grades 7-9 and are looking to continue growing each and every meet. We have several individuals who made it to the section meet last year with high expectations of improving and making an entrance to the state meet," said Heltunen. "Our keys to a successful season will be to continue to work hard all year long, stay healthy and go out and compete. I believe we have the chance to send quite a few to the section meet again this year, but it will come through hard work and determination. I am excited for the season as the group of athletes we have this year are having a lot of fun at practice and we are looking forward to seeing their potential grow."