When Lanesboro hosts this year's cooperative boys' and girls' track and field team (including Fillmore Central and Mabel-Canton), they'll have a healthy-sized group of athletes ready to take the field.

The girls' squad includes 28 competitors.

Alisa Warnes, Kirsten Ruen, Sydney Johnson, and Wiebke Buechsen-Schuetz represent the senior class. Belle Sand, Heather Boyum and Madison Ming are juniors. Hannah Reiter, Journey Olson, Katlyn Evans, Maryiah Miller, Michala Morrow, Olivia Haug, and Sara Vettleson-Trutza are sophomores. Freshmen include Rachel Eversole and Kimberly Morrow. Eighth graders are Alisa Gathje, Kenndyl Bennett, Kenzie Broadwater, Kiera Olson, Leah Ruen, Maggie Decker, Michaela Brazee, and Paige Bennett. Seventh grade participants are Chantelle Brezing, Jayne Bunge, Laura Vettleson-Trutza, and Bailey Ruen.

The boys' team numbers 46.

Senior class members include Andrew Coyle, Arman Vardanyan, Brandon Breitsprecher, Chris Collett, Daulton Gartner, Erik Peterson, Isaac Freese, Jakob Ritter, Marcus Tucker, Nathaniel Harrison, Ole Andreas-Dalsbo, and Zachary Case. Juniors include Collin Bennett, Gabe Decker, McKinnen Stone, Niko Anderson, and Quentin Case. Sophomores Alex Reed, Damon Zutz, Dylan Bathke, Eric Holst, Greyson Stocker, Mathew Kiehne, Travis Troendle, Tyler Miller, and Zach Voeltz are hitting the track. Freshmen Matson Kiehne and Steven Rein are too. From the eighth grade, Ben Gjere, Jared Troendle, Layton Howerton, Michael Harrison, Shane Sorum, Taylor Ruen and Treyten Chiglo are listed. Finally, seventh graders include Aaron Eversole, Andrew Darling, Brady Dulton, Brady Johnson, Brady Ristau, Conner Dols, Dakota Ahmetasenz, Eric Kunz, Jordan Miller, Luke Ristau, and Matthew Eversole.

Head coach Lori Anderson takes the helm again this year. She'll be helped by assistants Eric and Andy Bunge, Brett Clarke, Stacy Ming, and Matt Kevan.

It's still early in the practice season, Anderson noted last week. Competitors are going to get a chance to move around a bit."It will take me some time to find what events each of them is going to specialize in. We have a lot of new kids this year; many are junior high."

"Even in many of the scoring meets, I am not always so concerned about winning these first meets as I am with preparing them to be the best they can be at their best events, with the hopes of having these kids advance to the true team and section meets. In this process, I try them in a variety of events..."

"For instance, if I think someone is going to be a great 400 meter runner, I will have them run some 100s, 200s, and some 800s along the way, even if I think it will prevent us from winning or scoring higher in a meet."

Some top competitors are back. Last season, Alisa Warnes represented the girls' team in the section championships. She cleared 4-08.00 in high jump to earn that honor. The boys' team sent several athletes, including Erik Peterson in the 800M run. The 4x100 team included Andrew Coyle, Marcus Tucker, and Niko Anderson. Daulton Gartner ran on the 4x200. Brandon Breitsprecher, Zachary Case, Quentin Case, and Nathaniel Harrison ran on the 4x800. Gabe Decker competed in pole vault.

The teams traveled to St. Mary's University in Winona for an un-scored indoor meet on March 25. That competition more or less resembles a basketball or football scrimmage, since certain race lengths differ. Results are forthcoming as this issue goes to press, but will be included if available next week.

Weather permitting; the outdoor season is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, April 2, at Rushford-Peterson. The next varsity meet is April 9 at Chatfield.