Tom Mix and Chris Murphy, Published April 12 2014
Metro boys track and field preview capsulesMoorhead
Coach: Mike Thompson (1st year)
Last season: Third-place finish in Class 2A, Section 8
Who’s gone: Adam Hanson (110 and 300-meter hurdles); Chase Morlock (100-meter dash,
400-meter relay and 1,600-meter relay).
Key returners: Brett Lawrence, Sr. (state participant in 400-meter dash); Brady Andersen, Sr. (100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and 400-meter relay); Luke Lillehaugen, Jr. (400-meter dash, 800-meter run).
Coach’s comments: “Several returners with varsity experience. Brett Lawrence and Brady Andersen have the potential to be hearing their names called on finals day of the state meet and the return of Jacob Odegard and Jade Lawrence should make for a very talented Spuds 400-meter relay.”
Moorhead Park Christian
Coach: Megan Endreson (6th year)
Last season: Pine to Prairie Conference champions
Who’s gone: Simeon Reiswig; Adam Lutz; David Tompkins.
Key returners: Matt Moberg, Sr. (signed with North Dakota State for track); Hunter Nickel, Sr. (participant in Hamline Elite Meet in high jump); Austin Daugherty, Sr.; Zach Kvalvog, Soph.
Coach’s comments: “We will definitely be missing our power sprinters that graduated last year, but we are excited about how our boys are going to perform this year. We have some great senior leadership and our younger guys have been working hard and improving early in the season.”
Coach: Mike Anderson (34th year)
Last season: Sub-section champions, Class 1A, Section 6 true team champion, eighth-place finish at State True Team meet and Class 1A, Section 8 individual runner-up
Who’s gone: Taylor Beyer (state participant in long jump); Derek Johnk (state participant in discus)
Key returners: Michael Tollefson, Sr. (state participant in the high jump); Tony Santos, Sr. (state participant in 3,200-meter relay); Ryan Leach, Sr. (state participant 3,200-meter relay); Isaac Safranski, Sr.; Josiah Hurner, Sr.; Seth Jacobson, Sr.; Ben Martin, Sr.; Kurtis Trautman Sr.; Alex Fuchs, Jr. (state participant in 3,200-meter relay); Brandon Wayne, Jr.; Brady Butcher, Jr.; Josh Cole, So. (state participant in 3,200-meter relay); Trent Dufault, Jr.; Ben Knutson, Jr.; Brian Watt, So.; Will Shamp So.; Bailey Crook, Fr.; Dan Wilson, 8th.
Coach’s comments: “After being a young team the past couple years, we have matured into a senior and junior dominated team for the 2014 season. This year’s turnout is one of the best in D-G-F history and should provide team depth in all events. Goals for the upcoming season include success within the Heart O’ Lakes Conference, at both the True Team and individual sectionals, and solid performances against state-level competition.”
Coach: Paul Lean (4th year)
Last year’s finish: 8th place at Class A state meet
Who’s gone: Ethan Norstog, Cole Mehring, Ben Bitter, Aaron Irmen
Key returners: Al Bates, Jr.; Chris Ennen, Sr.; Kellen Feeney, Sr.; Alek Groth, Sr.; Jacob Henne, Soph.; Jordan Hjelseth, Sr.; Gunnar Kollman, Jr.; Evan Kottsick, Jr.; Daylon Melby, Sr.; Nick Scarberry, Sr.; Branden Scheel, Sr.; Matt Valenti, Sr.; Marcus Welk, Sr.
Coach’s comments: “The team has worked extremely hard the last few years. We have great leadership and the team members realize their roles on the team. One thing that stands out about this team is they are able to score in all events and our depth is also going to help us out this season.”
Coach: Cameron Dockter (4th year)
Last year’s finish: 9th at Class A state meet
Who’s gone: Zach Prekel, Zach Reich, Isaac Kehson, Son Le.
Key returners: James Johannesson, Jr.; Garrett Kadrie, Sr.; Sean Ahlness, Sr.; Mike Kromah, Soph.; Morris Kromah, Soph.; Isaiah Fletcher, Soph.
Coach’s comments: “I like the balance of our team. Several athletes have had a good offseason preparing to provide some depth in other events. The strength of our team will be our distance athletes. Our sprinters are young, but give us good opportunities in those events and short relays.”
Coach: Gary Mailloux (45th year)
Last year’s finish: 5th place at Class A state meet
Who’s gone: Jonathan Bell-Clement, Andy Ficek, Keith Lehman, Peter Saintal, Waha Sem (800-meter relay champion), DeSean Thompson (800-meter relay champion), Andrew Uglem, Andrew Weist, Grant Goldader, Michael Hass, Hunter Martineau, Zane Miller, Alex Piepkorn, Robert Ramirez, Jeremiah Williams, Andrew Smith.
Key returners: Brady Huffman, Sr. (800-meter relay champion); Jeff Saintal, Sr.
Coach’s comments: “We presently have a squad of 50-plus boys in grades 9-12 and nearly two thirds of that group are freshmen and sophomores. We are extremely excited with the level of enthusiasm and work ethic that has permeated in the daily efforts of the team. Much of the season will be spent experimenting with our personnel to find places where each of them will be most successful.”
Coach: Barry Anderson (20th year)
Last year’s finish: 10th place at Class A state meet
Who’s gone: Dan Arnold, Tyler Pederson, Zac Kiffmeyer
Key returners: Seb Startz, Sr.; Tom Statrz, Sr.; Aaron Buback, Jr.; Dan Bruckbauer, Sr.; Tre Fort, Jr.; Dan Stasch, Jr.; Sean Dobbins, Jr.; Alex Conner, Jr.; John Christenson, Jr.; Mason Lantz, Fr.
Coach’s comments: “We have several athletes who scored at the state meet last year returning to the team. Strengths will be our jumping events and distance races with an improving group of throwers. We have good depth and a balance in our scoring.”
Fargo Oak Grove
Co-coaches: Janice Stoa and Nick Wright (1st year)
Last year’s finish: Tied for 28th place at Class B state meet.
Who’s gone: Hunter Gossett, Jacob Olson, Jordan Funfar
Key returners: Austin Promersberger, Sr.; Tucker Schoenfish, Sr.; Collin Asheim, Sr.; David Peterson, Sr.; Jeffrey Lackmann, Sr.; Colton Pierce, Sr.
Coach’s comments: “We are in a rebuilding year with over half of the athletes on our team coming from middle school,” Stoa said. “We have excellent senior leadership and are striving for continued improvement throughout the season.”
Coach: Darin McKinnon (18th year)
Last year’s finish: Runners-up at Class A state meet, East Region champions
Who’s gone: Darin Baltezore (3,200-meter runner up), Jaime Heinen-Lugert (long jump state champion, triple jump runner-up), Chaz Gunderson, Jordan Bishoff (high jump state champion), Caleb Mattila (Javelin runner-up).
Key returners: Daniel Asa, Sr.; Griffin Sauvageau, Sr.; Brenda Walker, Jr.; Alex Talley, Soph.
Coach’s comments: “We have a lot of youth and inexperience after graduating 18 seniors from last year’s team. Our depth will be distance races on the track and throwing events in the field.”