The Wakefield Trojan and Lady Trojan track teams participated in two invitational events this past week, on April 19 at Wisner-Pilger High School, and on April 21 at the Tom Martin Memorial Invite in Pierce.
At the Gator invite at Wisner, the Lady Trojans finished in fourth-place overall with 65 team points. Wisner-Pilger won the invite with 149 points, and Elkhorn Valley was second with 100. Howells-Dodge rounded out the top three with 90 team points. Home, Cedar Bluffs and Winnebago also competed.
The Trojan boys’ team finished in the top three with a third-place, 107 team points. Elkhorn Valley was first with 141 and Howells-Dodge was second with 110. Winser-Pilger, Homer, Cedar Bluffs and Winnebago rounded out the team rosters.
“The Wisner/Wausa Week is always the start of a big two week stretch for us where we get two meets in a week and the sole focus is getting better on the track. The kids don't have to worry about practice and they get to use the competition to push them to get better. All in all I was happy with how we competed and we are starting to see times drop and marks in the field events improve..” said head coach Mike Hassler.
Traveling to Pierce on April 21, the Trojan tracksters finished in fifth-place overall in the boys’ competition with 44 team points. Pierce won the tournament with 125 points. Hartington Cedar Catholic was second with 78, Norfolk Catholic was third with 65, and Bancroft-Rosalie-Lyons-Decatur was fourth with 46. Hartington-Newcastle, Summerland, Wausa, Osmond, Creighton, Bloomfield, Crofton and Winside rounded out the roster.
The Lady Trojans faced some stiff competition at Pierce, and gathered just six team points to place 11th overall. Pierce won the ladies’ competition as well with 112 points, Hartington CC was second with 88 and Norfolk Catholic was third with 77.
The teams will have some qualifiers for the Norfolk Classic on April 28, travel to Winnebago on April 30, Norfolk Catholic on May 5 and then prepare qualifiers at the May 12 District tournament for the State Track meet on May 20.
Girls Top Performer
MaKenna Decker has been a consistent placer for us all year in the shot put. She picked up right where she left off last year and has posted her best marks ever in both the shot and discus. As we start to back off in the weight room over the next couple weeks hopefully with some stronger, fresh legs we will see her start to improve her marks.
Boys Top Performers
Cade Johnson and Ryan Anderson have really been consistent and solid in the distance races for us all year. We can usually depend on them to bring home some medals. They have both consistently dropped their times enough to qualify for this week's Classic in Norfolk. I'm happy with their progress and they are setting themselves up for a strong finish to the year.