Having three indoor meets under their belts, the Elk Mound boys’ and girls’ track and field teams hope to keep up the success in the outdoor meets they have had in the past. The boys won the conference and regional titles last year while the girls were third in both competitions.
Head coach Jeff Mack welcomed 38 boys to practice this year in hopes of finding replacements for Mitch Zimmer, Dakota Tarnow, Ryan Bridges, Andrew Zabel, Jordan Klemp, Nate Mack, Shawn Lane, Josiah Bauer, Will Miller, Jon Adank and Yeng Her, all members of the team from last year now graduated. 28 girls reported to duty, looking to earn team points Andie Friberg, Emma Hayes, Josie Hayes and Anne Kendzierski all picked up for the team last season.
Seniors for the boys include Hunter Alexander, Gabe Anderson, Tyler Deutschlander, Zac Doll, Justin Fedie, Adam Gottschalk, Josh Hall, Samuel Hastreiter, Anthony Hayden and Ben Holzwarth. Members from the junior class are Jake Ausman, Morgan Fuller, Henry Henning, Ryan Krall, Caleb Kruger, Josh Lien, Lucas Winter and John Yang. Competing from the sophomore class are Jonah Bauer, Casey Capozzi, Bradley Carlson, Elliot Johnson, Nathan Kruger, Ben Mack, Aaron Maves, Chase Morris, Teegan Peterson, Noah Stamm, Erik Strand and Eric Walling. Freshmen looking to reach varsity are Dakota Feilbach, George Friberg, Hunter Johnson, John Lien, Rylan Maves, Tyler Sahm, Chandler Schreiber and Noah Zurbuchen.
The girls are coming off a third place finish in both the conference and regional meets. Four seniors will compete including state qualifier in the shot put Alyssa Buros along with Samantha Jain, Kathleen Simmons and Jamie Solem. Juniors include Kelly Endl, Elly Friberg, Katie Gerber and Waive Melgaard while sophomores hoping to contribute are Kayla Black, Taylor Deling, Emily Finder, Hannah Flatness, Jasmine Johnson, Nevada LaPointe, McKenna McVey, Paxtyn Pavelski and Corrine Zimmer. Freshmen include Jordan Abramowitz, Kaitlyn Baier, Elizabeth Fasbender, Maria Heltne, Kassandra Jain, Kami King, Riley Radtke, Mariah Rud, Mikayla Solberg and Sarah Sweeney.
Outdoor season begins April 10 at Mondovi for the Mounders.