Royalton may be on the light end of things this spring when it comes to veteran presence, with just one senior apiece on the boys and girls rosters.
But make no mistake, the Royals will be well-represented on the medal stand come postseason time.
Many of those leaders reside on the boys roster, with the team’s lone senior Tony Gadacz a consistent force in throwing events, and junior distance runners Zach Carlson and Tremayne Collins coming off trips to the section meet last season.
“(Tony) really finished last season strong and is looking really good in his early season workouts,” Royalton boys head coach Ryan Olson said. “Look for Tony to be in the running for a chance at a medal and perhaps even advancing (at sections).”
Carlson and Collins will be joined by sophomore Ben Borash in the middle distance and distance events, with all three part of last year’s conference champion 4×800-meter relay team.
Freshman David Wimer demonstrated an ability to excel at a variety of events already last season, including sprints, high jump and discus, with freshman Tanner Weaver already holding his own in throws.
Junior Abby Duevel will lead the Royals girls on the track, coming off a season in which she placed fourth at sections in the 400, while potentially trying her hand at discus this year to capture extra team points.
Also bringing back experienced leadership will be senior Ciara Kowalczyk in distance events, junior Cheyenne Eiynk in throws and sophomore Madi Rudolph in distance events and hurdles.
“The Royalton teams will have their hands full in the Prairie Conference this year,” Royalton boys head coach Ryan Olson said. “We have some extremely tough and solid programs that we will face. We have the capability of earning a good number of individual championships and we hope that those places can earn us a top-five spot in both the girls and the boys meets.”
Royalton is scheduled to open the outdoor season at Holdingford, April 8.