By PATRICK SLACK
A year after the Pierz boys and girls track and field teams each placed fourth in the Central Minnesota Conference (CMC) outdoor meet, both Pioneers squads will look to move closer to the front of the pack this spring.
To do so, the Pioneers boys will need to replace a talented graduating class, while the girls team will lean on a veteran roster.
Returning letterwinners for the boys team include seniors Will Corbett, Elias Schomer and Jess Kasper, junior Tyler Millner, sophomores Kyle Becker, Travis Kasper, Dan Tautges and Dan Poegel and freshman Jonny Kasper.
“The boys team lost some very talented seniors to graduation last year so we will be a young team, but I feel we will still have experience in almost all of the events,” Johnshoy said. “We have seven seniors that I hope will be strong leaders.”
“I think we should be able to compete for the conference title and have a strong showing as well in the section true team meet. We need to stay healthy and our younger athletes have to be able to step up and fill some shoes. The boys’ strength this year will be in our short to middle distance and jumps.”
Returning letterwinners for the girls team include seniors Megan Hoheisel, Alyssa Boser, Tarynn Kasper and Beth Broschofsky, juniors Bridget Bednar, Gabriella Kroska and Kyra Engen, sophomores Maggie Gruber, Raychel Virnig, Macy Hennen, Dana Hennen, Bailey Boser and Arre Langer and freshman Jennifer Brill.
“I am hoping we can come back this year and compete for the conference title and have a strong showing in the true team section,” Johnshoy said. “We have five seniors that should provide outstanding leadership. I feel we are strong in the hurdles and the jumps, plus we have some young runners that will help us this year on the varsity team.”
“We have a great group of seniors and I am looking for them to be strong leaders this year,” he said. “We also have a lot of young kids and newcomers this year that will step up and give us some help. We have a few that have been working very hard in the offseason to better themselves for this season. Time will tell if the hard work will pay off.”
Pierz was scheduled to compete in the CMC indoor meet, Friday, and is slated to open its outdoor schedule at home, April 5.