By Kelsie Hoitomt
BOYCEVILLE — The Boyce-ville boys and girls track and field teams are ready for the 2013 season with a handful of state qualifiers and over 20 letter winners returning.
The girls’ team lost their school record breaking and state qualifying teammate, Miranda Retz to graduation. However, looking to fill those shoes are an abundance of newcomers with Hope Chovan, Abby Lorenz, Ireland McAbee-Thomas, Abbey Bird, Michaela Kegen, Anna Hagen, Samantha Merkel, Caroline Voelker, Shannon Best, Lauren Klassen, Teala Mayer, Melissa Leach and Savanah Minor out for the team.
Gone to graduation for the boys’ team are Brandon Tetzloff, Brandon Behling, Logan Berglund, Jake Dotseth and Mason Pregler.
However returning with a high skill level and plenty of experience are seniors and state qualifiers Zach Klassen, Dominic Olson, Will Kraft, Isaac Boyd as well as junior Isaac Wold.
There are also several newcomers to the boys’ team with Josh Cormican, Devonta Anderson, Andrew Marshall, Buddy Hanestad, Ian Fontaine, Ignacia Iglesias, Micah Minor, Alec Shaffer, Jon Harnisch, Robert Bodsberg, Tanner Johnson-Hetchler and James Lindo participating in events.
Coach Joan Klassen shared that their strength will definitely be the numbers for the girls’ team and the experience in the boys’ team.
Klassen and fellow coach Corey Day, who combined have been coaching track for over 20 years, shared that their goals this season are to find complimentary events for each athlete, place higher at conference than last season and advance as many kids to state as possible.
Last year the boys placed sixth and the girls were eighth at the conference meet and the boys were fourth and the girls fifth at the regional meet.
The Bulldogs kicked off their season on March 15 and their next meet is scheduled for April 4 at the St. Croix Central High School at 4:00 p.m.
Varsity Girls’ Roster
Seniors: Katelyn Merten, Alex Wold
Juniors: Danielle Nelson, April Lake, Katarina Fuerstenberg, Michaella Kegen
Sophomores: Abbey Bird, Lauren Klassen, Brittany Tetzlaff
Freshmen: Carolyn Voelker, Samantha Merkel, Ireland McAbee-Thomas, Teala Mayer, Abby Lorenz, Melissa Leach, Destiny Klinger, Hope Chovan, Shannon Best, Anna Hagen
Varsity Boys’ Roster
Seniors: Nicholas Adam, Isaac Boyd, Josh Cormican, Zach Klassen, Will Kraft, Patrick O’Connell, Dominic Olson, Tyler Wolfe
Juniors: Jon Harnisch, Isaac Wold, James Lindo, Ian Kane, Tanner Johnson-Hetchler, Ignacio Iglesias, Logan Horstman, Bryor Hellmann
Sophomores: Robert Bodsberg, Nolan Windsor, Mitchell Pustol, Jake McIntyre, Logan McAbee-Thomas, Dylan Lamm, Caleb Arndt, Devonta Anderson
Freshmen: Alec Schaffer, Micah Minor, Andrew Marshall, Buddy Hanestad, Ian Fontaine