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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 25, 2014

Mid-Prairie girls ready to spring on to the track

By Derek Helling, Sports Editor | Mar 12, 2014
Courtesy of: Chris Tyler The 2014 Mid-Prairie girls’ track and field team is getting ready for the season. From left to right the back row are Faithe Garza, head coach Chris Tyler, Taylor Kurtz, Jessica Goll, Hannah Van Roekel, Alex Rath, Emily Cayton, Ali Butters, assistant coach Gary Curtis and Marisol Shryock. From left to right the middle row are Morgan Sweeting, Calli Shaw, Greta Schmidt, Lizzie Wildeboer, Electra Yoder, Ally Bontrager and assistant coach Phil Conaway. From left to right the front row are Rikaya McMurray, Kristina Millice, Arissa Marine, Lexi Duwa, Maddi Zahradnek, Ali Naylor and Abby Tornow.

Monday’s higher temperatures were a welcome sign that spring is approaching. Another sure indication is track and field teams assembling for practice. The Mid-Prairie girls’ track and field team has begun practicing, looking to build on its successful 2013 campaign.
The Golden Hawks placed second as a team at districts last season and qualified for the state meet in nine events. Mid-Prairie returns nine athletes from that team to this year’s squad.
Head coach Chris Tyler returns for his sixth season at the helm of girls’ track and field for Mid-Prairie.
“I anticipate us being competitive in all events. Based on what I have seen so far in practice, we will have the ability to match up nicely during meets. We are a young squad this year, but many of our underclassmen are stepping up nicely,” Tyler commented.
The Golden Hawks’ roster this year contains one senior, four juniors, six sophomores and eight freshmen. Mid-Prairie opens its season on Saturday, March 29 at the Regina Invitational in Iowa City. Five more road events over the course of over three weeks will give way to the Golden Hawk Co-Ed on Tuesday, April 22 and the Golden Hawk Relays on Thursday, April 24. Two more events will precede the River Valley Conference meet on Thursday, May 8 at Northeast High School. From there Mid-Prairie will participate in districts on Thursday, May 15. The athletes who qualify will vie for state championships on May 22 – 24.

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