Track athletes attending school in Spring Grove are from left Taylor Holty, Mitchell Anderson, Aly Folz, Jordan Jaster and Mikal Guberud. Not pictured is Haley Holty. EPPS/SPRING GROVE HERALD
Track athletes attending school in Spring Grove are from left Taylor Holty, Mitchell Anderson, Aly Folz, Jordan Jaster and Mikal Guberud. Not pictured is Haley Holty. EPPS/SPRING GROVE HERALD
The Caledonia/Spring Grove track and field program features a strong field once again this spring, with 21 ladies and 28 lads set to compete beginning next month.

Seniors Aly Folz, West Spier, and Ryan Pitts return each after successfully qualifying for the state track and field meet for a second time. Folz competed in shot put while Spier placed fifth in the high jump (where he holds the school record). Pitts ran in both the 100 meter (5th place) and 200 meter dashes.

They're joined by several additional 2013 section qualifiers. Junior Ali Beardmore and sophomore Josephine Wagner ran on the girls 4x200-meter relay. Senior Sam Schulte made the cut on the boys 4x100M relay.

Returning letterwinners for the ladies also include senior Laura Jergenson; juniors Samantha Colleran, Lydia DeMorett, and Brenna Werner; sophomores Tracy Felten, Alexis King, Sierra Olinger, and Kelly Schansberg; freshmen Taylor Beardmore and Madison Zehnder; and eighth-graders Amber Conniff, Madisyn Heaney, Maria Schieber, and Rachel Welsh.

Jergenson ran distance at last year's sub-section meet as did Werner and Schansberg. Colleran and DeMorett were sprinters as was Felton. Felton also joined King and Olinger competing as jumpers. Hurdlers included Beardmore and Zehnder.

The boys bring back some additional letter winners as well. Those include seniors Mitchell Anderson, Bryan Barthel, Mikal Guberud, and Phillip Paulson. Juniors Devan Heaney, Case McCormick, Nolan Rohrer, and Spenser Privet are also back.

There are no sophomores on the returning letter winner list, but freshmen galore include Bryan DeWitt, Jordan Jaster, Thomas Jergenson, Andrew Marschall, Ben McCabe, Nick Loging, and Ezekiel Ott. Eighth-graders include Mitchell Bechtel, Owen King, Walker Spier, Mitchel Welsh, and Will Schmitz.

Steele, Anderson, and Heaney ran sprints at sub-section last year. Barthel and Jaster were throwers.

C/SG coach Reese Waite returns for a second season as head of the girls program. He served as an assistant prior to taking the reigns last year. Veteran head coach Carl Fruechte returns to lead the boys program. Assistant coach Eddie Hodges will help out with both teams.

Coaches confirmed that sprints and jumps will once again be the strong suit for the Warriors while distance events are more of a challenge.

Weather permitting, C/SG will open the season with an April 1 meet in La Crescent. Two days later, the Wabasha-Kellogg Invitational is slated to include a huge field of runners, throwers, and jumpers. There are currently 11 dates on the calendar prior to sub-section action. Complete spring sports schedules will be featured in next week's Herald.