Warriors have experience, talent to win
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 8:44 AM
A core of six returning athletes will be the nucleus for the South Winn girls track team in 2014.
Returning letter winners for the Warriors are, from left, front row - Alexis Patterson, Courtney Humpal, Jessica Lechtenberg, Kelly Kuboushek, RaeAnn Klimesh, Riley Ott, Lexie Warth. Back row - Kennidee DeVilbiss, Abby Phillips, Becca Franzen, Monica Schwartzhoff, Brittany Shindelar, Savannah Nesvik, Becca Hertges, Sarah Meyer.
The Warriors return 15 letter winners and four returning state participants from a year ago.
Putting the pieces together is Kevin Kearney, who is assisted by boys coach Scott Conway.
A great year on the oval
Despite the weather forcing the cancellation of several meets, the Warriors made 2013 a major success.
With 37 members out for the squad, the Warriors used their 18 returning letter winners to build the strongest team possible.
At the Upper Iowa Conference meet, the Warriors finished fourth overall with 83 points. The only gold medal came from Abby Phillips in the high jump, clearing 4 feet, 10 inches. Kennidee DeVilbiss took the bronze in the 400-meter hurdles. Brittany Shindelar claimed third in the shot put, and Lexie Warth was fourth in the 100-meter hurdles.
The Warriors had strong performances at the state qualifying meet. DeVilbiss qualified for two events while Phillips, Warth and Jessica Lechtenberg all qualified for one event on the blue oval.
The girls grew leaps and bounds on the big stage. Phillips, who was the only Warrior with state experience in her event, finished 11th in the high jump by clearing 5 feet. DeVilbiss earned 20th in the 400-meter dash and 19th in the 400-meter hurdles. Lechtenberg was 23rd in the 3,000 while Warth took 19th in the 100-meter hudles.
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