BURRTON — Numbers will be up for the Burrton High School track team this season, even if most of the athletes will be newcomers.
Terry Bruton begins his 16th season coaching the Chargers. He is assisted by Patty Dole, Roger O’Neal and Matt Goetz.
The Burrton girls took seventh in the Heart of the Plains League last season, eighth in regionals and 24th in Class 1A state competition.
The Charger boys were eighth at league and 15th at regionals.
Returning letterwinners for the girls include junior Kassandra Salgado (800-meters), sophomore Alexis Lane (distances) and senior Hannah Watson (javelin, sprints, relays).
Returning for the boys are senior Bryan Swartz (400-meters, 800-meters, relays), senior Dustin Hughes (high jump, javelin, relays) and senior Kyle Boyle (javelin, relays).
The team will have a total of 26 athletes, 13 girls and 13 boys.
“The Track team will be young this season, 10 newcomers,” Bruton said. “The girls team on paper looks to be well-rounded covering many events, I am hopeful they put forth max effort and with a little luck, we can finish up toward the top of the league. The boys team will improve on last year’s performances and move up in the league standings. Individually, we return Alexis Lane, the HOPL champion in the 3200-meters, Kassandra Salgado in the 800-meters, javelin and relays; and Bryan Swartz (400-meters, 800-meters and relays). The coaches are pushing the kids toward ‘Team First’ and everything else is extra.”
Girls — Watson, Hannah, sr.; Hernandez, Jazmin, jr.; Matlack, Addison, jr.; Salgado, Kassandra, jr.; Zehr, Alexis, jr.; Ducimetiere, Naesha, so.; Lane, Alexis, so.; Stahl, Laryssa, so.; Combs, Amiyah, fr.; Dunlavy, Maci, fr.; Hoopes, McKinsie, fr.; Penner, Kaydence, fr.; Baumann, Hannah, fr.
Boys — Boyle, Kyle, sr.; Hughes, Dustin, sr.; Swartz, Bryan, sr.; Canada, Steven, jr.; Hughes, Bailey, so.; Leis, Lucas, so.; Matlack, Kyler, so.; McMurry, Will, so.; Rimbey, Caden, so.; Armstrong, Tokiwa, fr.; Dick, Alex, fr.; Hernandez, Leif, fr.; Lazenby, Austin, fr.
April 2 @ Peabody-Burns CKTL 4:30 p.m.
April 9 Hutchinson Central Christian CKTL @ Burrton 4:30 p.m.
April 11-13 @ Wichita State Pre-State (Cessna Stadium) TBA
April 16 @ Fairfield CKTL 4:30 p.m.
April 18 @ Sterling Relays TBA
April 23 Berean Academy CKTL @ Marion 4:30 p.m.
April 26 @ Vernon Ferguson Inv., Cheney TBA
May 2 @ William Crosley Inv., Pretty Prairie TBA
May 9 HOPL @ Pretty Prairie TBA
May 17 @ Regionals TBA
May 24-25 State @ Cessna Stadium, Wichita TBA