Power in numbers; Warrior girls track team racing for a title
Thursday, March 14, 2013 5:08 AM
The numbers are there for the South Winn girls track team.
Returning letter winners for the Warriors are, from left, front row - Abby Phillips, Kennidee DeVilbiss. Second row - Becca Franzen, Courtney Humpal, Monica Schwartzhoff, Payton Poshusta, Lexie Warth, Alexis Patterson. Third row - Sarah Meyer, Jessica Lechtenberg, Lindsey Buddenberg, Kiersten Wenthold, Savannah Nesvik. Back row - Brittany Shindelar, Jenn Panos, Jessica Lensing, Allyssa Davison. Absent was Domenic Boe. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
With 37 members out for the squad, the Warriors will have lots of athletes vying for a spot in the varsity line-up.
However, it won't all be smooth sailing as the team looks to replace three big members from last year's team that sent seven events to the state meet.
The man in charge of the squad is Head Coach Kevin Kearney, who is entering his 20th season at the helm.
A look back
The Warriors made the most of their talent in 2012. Progressing through the season, the team hit its stride come May. At the Upper Iowa Conference meet, the Warriors took second overall with 106 points, just 12 behind first place North Fayette. The girls had two events win titles - Abby Phillips in the high jump and the 4x400 of Kennidee DeVilbiss, Brittany Shindelar, Sam Shindelar and Kelley Hauber.
At the state qualifying meet, the Warriors took second place with 105.5 points, just 1.5 points behind first place West Fork. In total, seven events punched a ticket to the blue oval.
On the big stage, the Warriors accomplished something that hadn't happened since 2000...a female state champion. Senior Annie Gullickson saved her best throw for last in the discus, winning the title with a throw of 130 feet, 10 inches, winning by 8 inches.
Phillips took 20th in the long jump and ninth in the high jump. The 4x800 of Jessica Lensing, Kiersten Wenthold, DeVilbiss and Hauber took 18th. S. Shindelar was 15th in the 400-meters while Hauber took 24th. The 4x400 of DeVilbiss, S. Shindelar, B. Shindelar and Hauber finished 10th in the prelims.
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