"We have really good numbers this year," Burros track and field co-coach Jeff DeBuhr said recently, "We were very pleased with the turnout. It's a very deep boys' team."

At a time when many programs are struggling to fill out a squad, the team from Lanesboro/Fillmore Central/Mabel-Canton should be able to compete in all events, DeBuhr said. In all, 34 boys from two schools are currently on the roster.

DeBuhr shares head coaching duties for both boys and girls track and field with Lori Anderson. Assistant coaches (also for both the boys' and girls' teams) include Tom Hatleli (long jump, triple jump, hurdles), Jared Pierce (throws), Eric Bunge (junior high), and Alex Aiken (all areas).

The roster includes 17 returning letter winners and 17 relative newcomers to track and field. Participation is also evenly split, with 18 athletes from Fillmore Central and 16 from Lanesboro.

Seniors Tanner Ristau (FC) and Steven McElmury (LHS) lettered last year. They're joined by seniors Nick Labitzke, Logan Whitehill and Isaac Sveen, all of who hail from FC.

Six juniors lettered. They include Eric Peterson and Daulton Gartner from Lanesboro, and Chris Collett, Brandon Breitsprecher, Nathaniel Harrison, and Marcus Tucker from FC. They will be joined by juniors Stephan Videnovic of Lanesboro and Dalton Mart, Andy Coyle and Zachary Case of Fillmore Central.

Sophomores Quentin Case (FC), Monty Holm (FC), Niko Anderson (LHS), Gabe Decker (LHS), and Mac Stone (FC) are returning letter winners. Sophomores Dylan Birch (FC) and Jesse Nelson (FC) round out the group.

The freshmen class includes letter winners Zach Voeltz, Travis Troendle and Matt Kiehne of Lanesboro and Damon Zutz of Fillmore Central. Freshmen Eric Holst and Greyson Stocker also decided to go out for track. They are both from Lanesboro.

Eighth-graders Steve Rein and Cade Pederson hail from Lanesboro.

From the seventh grade, Michael Harrison of Fillmore Central and Treyten Chiglo, Jared Troendle, and Ben Gjere of Lanesboro will compete.

Ristau made the finals in the 100-meter dash last year at state, Anderson said, adding that both the boys' and girls' teams have some good throwers. "We are also looking at utilizing some of our talented prospects on the junior high team within the next few weeks. We will not have seniors in the next two meets, due to class trips."

An "early bird" indoor meet (un-scored) served as a kind of scrimmage for the Burros on March 26. Hosted by Lewiston-Altura, it was held at Gostomski Fieldhouse at St. Mary's University. Six teams were originally listed in the program, but more competitors showed up as last minute entries on race results, bringing the total to eight.

Ristau took first place in the 200-meter dash. The boys' sprint medley also took first (Ristau, Anderson, Decker, and Peterson). Tucker took second in the 55-meter sprint. Collette took second in the 800-meter run. In the 4x800-meter relay, Kiehne, Zutz, Harrison, and Collette took second. Sveen took third in the shot put, while Peterson did the same in the high jump. In the 4x400-meter relay, Decker, Gartner, Anderson, and Peterson also grabbed third. Fourth place results: Coyle in the 55 meters, Stone in the 400 meters, and the sprint medley team B (Gartner, McElmury, Case, and Holm.