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State qualifiers lead smaller PBHS track team

Staff writer

PBHS track may have fewer athletes to compete than in years past but, they do have several strong individuals who return to the team with regional and state experience.

The team includes a senior core group of seven athletes including state qualifying distance runners Aaron Topham and Josh Klarmann and Isaac Burnett in the discus. Also in the senior contingent are Chris Loucks, discus; Curtis Frederick, hurdles; Steffen Pospiech, sprints and 800-meter run; and Beatrice Caldarella.

Junior state qualifiers include Lauren Pickens in the 100, 200, 400-meter dashes and Sheldon Wiebe in distance runs. Juniors Andrew Sheffler, sprints and relays, and Spencer Moffett, throws, also lettered this past season.

Lauren Pickens returns to the team with gold medals at state in the 100-, 200-, and 400-meter dashes for the past two seasons.

“We look for strong individual finishes this season, however we are low in numbers and that will make it difficult to compete as a team at large meets, ” Head Track Coach Kim Topham stated.

Topham is in her second year as head coach and is assisted this track season by Brian Lightner and Layne Burnett.

The team will open the season Tuesday at Sterling.

Last modified April 1, 2010

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