3/20/2013 Ridge View boys feature experience, girls building on past success
The Ridge View boys' track team has experience on its side as it enters the 2013 season. The girls' track squad is counting on several returning state qualifiers to form a solid scoring punch.
The Ridge View Relays are scheduled for next Tuesday, March 26 at 4 p.m. in Holstein.
Pictures of both the boys and girls letter winners were not available from the school at press time.
Based on her girls' desire to improve, head coach Angie Kohn noted she is optimistic about the upcoming season.
"I think we will be improved this season based on the fact the girls have had success in relays and they have the urge to better last year's performances, times and distances. We've also had a few girls running in the off-season to improve their times and performances," said Kohn.
Ridge View earned several placings at the state meet last season and many of the girls who qualified for state in 2012 are back this spring.
The distance medley relay that placed ninth at state in 2012 returns intact. The runners are seniors Gretchen Kistenmacher and Nicole Snyder and juniors Sydney Kistenmacher and Jadyn Mohr.
Individually, Gretchen Kistenmacher was 11th at state in the 400 hurdles; Sydney Kistenmacher was 15th in the 200; senior Rachel Hunt was 23rd in the 100 and junior Emily Kenny was 21st in the 100.
As far as which other athletes will help the team this year, Kohn noted her squad, which placed fourth at the conference meet in 2012, returns pretty much intact. "We only had one senior last year, Meg Kofmehl, who was a distance runner. We should fare just about the same this year as last."
Kohn said avoiding injuries will be key to her team's success this season. "Injuries are a concern. Emily Kenny ran at state the past three years, but she had knee surgery this past fall and is still not 100 percent. A few other runners are nursing some foot injuries early in the season."
Kohn added another concern is the lack of depth in each area.
The following is Kohn assessment of the various events:
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