Head coach Tom Smith is counting on hard work during practice to translate into success during meets for the United North Central boys and girls track and field teams.
Being counted on to lead the Warriors this season are the nine returning letterwinners: senior Jake Clements (pole vault, sprints) and Anna Olson (distances); junior Kaylee Eckman (hurdles, high jump); sophomores Annika Aho (pole vault, 1,600), Rachel Cross (3,200), Chelsey Koebernick (shot put, discus), Madison Weaver (sprints) and Blake Schoon (pole vault, sprints); and freshman Annie Lake (pole vault, 400, 800).
At last year's Section 6A meet, Eckman placed third in the 300 hurdles, eighth in the high jump and 10th in the 100 hurdles; Koebernick was sixth in the discus and 12th in the shot put; Lake finished ninth in the pole vault; and Olson was 14th in the pole vault in the girls meet while Clements finished ninth in the pole vault in the boys meet.
Also being counted on to score points this season are senior Kirby Hrdlicka (sprints), juniors Caleb Mostrom (sprints) and Maria Isaacson (distances), and sophomore Jared Seibert (shot put, discus).
"It's a new season and we have a pretty young team," said Smith. "We have a good team atmosphere. I am always surprised by a few individuals that work really hard and good things happen from that. I am hoping we stay healthy, work and train hard, and compete well at meets."