GOESSEL — With four state qualifiers back for the girls and two for the boys, the Goessel High School track teams will took to collect more league and state medals for this season.
Curtis Guhr begins his 10th season as the Bluebirds head coach. He is assisted by Crysta Guhr, Joni Smith, Garrett Hiebert and Brian Lightner.
The Goessel girls won the Wheat State League title last season and took 14th at state. The Goessel boys were third in the WSL last season and tied for 39th at state.
Goessel is led by junior Brittney Hiebert, who won the 800-meter run and took fourth in the 400-meter dash. She also competed in the 4x400-meter relay, taking 12th.
Sophomore Stephany Meyer took eighth place in the triple jump at state, also qualifying in the long jump, 400-meter dash and 4x400-meter relay.
Other returning state qualifiers for the girls are junior Olivia Duerksen in the high jump and senior Lauren Rymill in the 4x400-meter relay.
Returning state qualifiers for the boys are senior Josh Schmidt and sophomore Zach Zogleman in the 4x400-meter relay.
Other returning letterwinners include Kara Burkholder, junior Julia Nightengale and junior Jordan Griffin.
“Strengths for the girls will be the individual events,” Curtis Guhr said. “With bigger numbers this year we will also be looking to put several relays together that should compete well. With four returning state qualifiers, several letter winners, and some new faces, we are looking for the girls to have another good year.
“The strengths for the boys will be the individual events this year. Looking to the jumps and the sprints for most of our points but opportunities in the distance races and other field events as well. With three returning letter winners, we will be looking for these guys to step up and lead the team this year. Small numbers for the boys will make the individual events a key.”
April 4 @ Hillsboro hex 4:30 p.m.
April 7 @ Marion Inv. 3:30 p.m.
April 11 @ Fairfield hex 4:30 p.m.
April 18 @ Goessel hex 4:30 p.m.
April 21 @ Norwich Inv. 3 p.m.
April 25 Canton-Galva hex @ Goessel 4:30 p.m.
May 2 @ Tescott Inv. 3 p.m.
May 11 WSL @ Goessel 3 p.m.
May 19 Regionals TBA
May 26-27 State @ Cessna Stadium, Wichita TBA