Lori Anderson and Jeff DeBuhr will share head co-coaching responsibilities for the Burros' girls' track and field team this spring, with athletes from Lanesboro, Fillmore Central, and Mabel-Canton participating.

"We had a decent season last year," Anderson said. "We don't have a lot of numbers for girls (this year), but we do have some good talent."

DeBuhr agreed, noting that with quite a few seventh and ninth graders, the team is looking to build some skills for the future. "We're hoping that will kind of spark resurgence in our girls numbers," he said.

The roster for grades seven through 12 includes 21 competitors, but only eight are in the upper three grades. "It'll be a little more difficult to compete as a team in some meets," DeBuhr said, "because we'll have to leave some events empty."

A total of 11 letter winners return to track and field this spring. They include Katarina Mielisch (LHS) who is the only senior on the team.

Three juniors, all from Lanesboro, also lettered. They are: Alisa Warnes, Kirstin Ruen, and Sydney Johnson.

Sophomores Madison Ming and Heather Boyum (both from LHS) also lettered last season. They'll be joined by two additional 10th graders, Amy Kelly from LHS, and Belle Sand, the only M-C participant out for track this year.

Seven freshmen, including five letter winners are out for track. Returning letter winners include Katlyn Evans, Olivia Haug and Claire Peterson from LHS, and Cami Jones and Leah Scheevel of Fillmore Central. Journey Olson of Lanesboro is also a freshman participant, as is Tasha Tarrence.

Kimberly Morrow of Lanesboro is the sole eighth grade team member.

Six seventh-graders are also taking the field. They include Michaela Brazee, Leah Ruen, Alyssa Gathje, Morgan Ming, and Maggie Decker of Lanesboro, and Kiera Olson of Fillmore Central.

Assistant coaches 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).

On Monday, March 26, the team attended an un-scored indoor meet at St Mary's University, DeBuhr said, adding; "It really was the equivalent of a scrimmage in basketball, some race lengths on the indoor track are different..."

Nevertheless, the "Early Bird" meet provided a glimpse into the upcoming season. Eight teams competed in Winona.

Sand finished eighth in a field of 24 sprinters in the 55-meter dash. Boyum took second in the 1600-meter run. The Burros finished fourth in the 1600 sprint medley relay (Mielisch, Johnson, Ming, and Ruen). Mielisch took fourth in the 200-meter dash. Sand was sixth in the high jump, while Ming finished third in long jump. Haug triumphed in shot put, taking first place by a six foot margin. Evans also finished third in that event.