Seven qualifiers return at Centre
At least 24 students have joined the track team at Centre High School. Of the nine returning letter-winners, seven competed in the 2012 state track meet, including a 4x100-meter relay team of Justin Deines, Houston Svoboda, Grant Srajer, and Conner Montgomery.
Deines, a senior this year, will compete in the 200 and javelin. Svoboda, also a senior, will compete in the 100 and 200. Srajer, a junior, will compete in the 100, long jump, and triple jump. Montgomery, a junior, will compete in the 100 and 200.
Junior Cacey Simons will compete in high jump, 100, and 200. She had some top finishes in high jump in 2012.
Sophomore Shelby Makovec was a state qualifier in the 1600-meter run and the 3200. She will work to increase her speed in 2013.
Sophomore Brenna Shields went to state last year as a freshman member of the girls’ 4x100 team. She will compete in the 100, 400, and long jump.
Letter-winner Ty Simons, a junior, will compete in the 110 high hurdles, 300 intermediate hurdles, and triple jump.
Letter-winner Nellie Kassebaum, a sophomore, will compete in the 800, 1600, and triple jump.
Senior Beka Basore was not on the team last season. She most likely will compete in the 400 and 800.
Senior Anna Weber joined the team last year and competed in long jump, triple jump, and 4x100.
Other sophomores on the team include Daniela Beck, Cassidy Hill, Amber Holub, Callie Riffel, Kailyn Riffel, and Dakota Stimpson.
Ally Basore, Taylor Peterson, Kyle Riffel, Carissa Shields, Barrett Smith, Abigail Svoboda, and Kristin Vinduska are freshmen members.
The team is coached by Alan Stahlecker, who is in his fourth year as head coach after eight years as an assistant. Kelly Steiner is his assistant.
The first meet of the season will be April 2 in Hillsboro.