Eagles Build Up Strong Team For 2018 Track+Field Season

The Eagles have had a productive off season and look to have a successful season on the track and in the field this year.  All event groups have been dedicated to working hard and staying committed to the process of honoring Christ with their very best attitude and effort.

The girls program will be lead by several returning state qualifiers.  Anna Hall will be a top athlete in the state with potential in the hurdles, high jump and sprint events.  Anna is one of the top heptathletes and high jumpers in the US.  She will be tough to beat in whatever discipline she decides to focus on.  Other girls who will have major impact on the team are juniors Lizzie Waters and Destiny Grimes.  Both girls are returning qualifiers from last years state meet and expected to be in contention again this year.  They are both members of top relay teams, and Lizzie will focus on the pole vault this year as well.  Sophomore Sadie McMullen is a returning qualifier in the long jump and could compete for the title in that event as well as make some noise in the open sprint events.  In the pole vault, Avery Vieregger is a senior who could be one of the top vaulters in the state at the end of the year. She has worked hard in the off-season and jumped record heights in the indoor season.  Newcomers Camille Peisner and Reese Dragovich bring young talent to the 400m group and are both expected to be contributors at the league and state level.  Both had regional and national level success last year on the USATF scene.  The success of the Cross Country team brings several girls into the track season with excitement of scoring points in the distance events.  Junior Keely Jones was a point scorer a year ago at the state meet.  She looks to improve upon that finish this year and lead the distance squad.  Freshman Taylor Whitfield could be a big surprise to the track scene as she comes off a very successful cross country season.  She will be a top two-miler in the league and state.  Other distance athletes and multi-sport participants Riley Irwin and Emma Sees could factor into relays to round out the distance crew.  Juniors Isabel Bowen and Joy Gerow should have impact in the field events.  Bowen is a returning qualifier in the high jump and Gerow is expected to have a breakout year in the throws.  Senior Bianca Lopez will be a key contributor as well with experience and a great off season behind her.

The boys are quietly sneaking up as a quality team at the league and state level.  Led by sophomore Cole Sprout, the Eagles will be as good as the rest of the team can support and achieve alongside him.  Cole is the top distance runner in the country in his grade.  He had high finishes at the state track meet as a freshman last year and looks to dominate the classification this year in the mile and two-mile.  Seniors Titan Birkholz and Zach Reid are two top jumpers in the state with sprint abilities as well.  They should lead the squad in multiple events.  Senior throwers Peyton Rose, Stuart Folkerts and Jackson Ortiz should be a threat at the league and state meet as they have worked hard to improve this winter.  Junior Luke McCaffrey will get his first full season under his belt and could be a top long sprinter in the classification.  Junior Dane Palazzo is back from a season missed due to surgery and had a great indoor season and should be one of the top hurdlers and long sprinters in the state.  Other multi-sport athletes Hunter Shkapich, Austin Saupe could also be major contributors to the program.