By PATRICK SLACK
Seniors Daniel Borash and Megan Wiener each own multiple Royalton track and field records.
Heading into their final seasons, the duo will try to lead experienced boys and girls teams to top finishes in the Prairie Conference while earning trips to the state meet after narrow misses last spring.
“We are bringing back a very solid corps of athletes this year,” Royalton boys head coach Ryan Olson said.
Borash, who placed sixth at the state cross country meet in the fall, has the school and Prairie Conference records in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs.
Joining Borash in the distance events will be freshmen Zach Carlson and Tremayne Collins, with senior Curtis Makela contributing in hurdles and middle distance.
The Royals’ toughest task will be replacing departed graduate Austin Weaver in the throwing events.
Looking to do so will be senior Mitch Popp, juniors Michael Schwanke and Andrew Kroll and sophomores Tony Gadacz, Tony Plemmel and Nate Scofield, Olson said.
Other runners looking to step into varsity roles will be senior Juan Castro, sophomore Yeon ha Choi, freshmen Trent Cimenski and Trevor Cimenski and eighth grader Ben Borash.
Wiener has the top all-time marks in school history in the long jump, high jump and 400.
She will look to add her name to the record book by moving up one spot in the 100 and 200 as well.
“She has worked hard and is primed for her senior year,” Olson said.
Other leaders for the girls squad include seniors Katie Schmitt and Bridget Tschida.
Schmitt qualified for the section meet in discus while Tschida offers versatility in the high jump, throws and middle distance.
Potential contributors also include junior Breanne Carlson, freshmen Abbey Duevel, Cheyanne Eiynk, Courtney Goerger, Hayley Gottwalt, Maddie Larsen, Allie Sellner and Jenna Trutwin, sophomores LuLu Martinez and Brittany Brower as well as eighth graders Ciara Kowal-czyk, Madi Rudolph and Breanna Sand.
Even with the addition of three teams to the Prairie Conference, the girls will look to finish in the top three once again at this year’s conference meet, Olson said.
Royalton’s first meet of the season is at Holdingford, April 10.