Middle school track program reflects on season

The seventh and eighth grade girls’ track and field program has nearly 50 members, while the boys’ teams have nearly 30.
The seventh and eighth grade girls’ track and field program has nearly 50 members, while the boys’ teams have nearly 30.

The success of any high school track and field program has always been the result of dedicated athletes, great coaching, and a strong middle school program.

Despite the late winter, which was responsible for canceled meets and practices, the Waconia seventh and eighth grade boys’ and girls’ track and field teams had a successful season.

Here are the records that were broken in 2013 and a few results from the 10-team Wright County Championships that were held on May 17 in Delano.

This is the first year that girls’ conference team records have been kept since last year’s meet in Annandale was canceled due to a lighting storm.

The seventh grade girls had a record breaking year and finished in second place at the conference meet just behind Annandale.

Danielle Pioske had a short stint on the middle school team before she joined the varsity team. While on the middle school team, Pioske broke the middle school records in the 100 meter dash with a time of 13.40 seconds, as well as the 200 meter dash with a record time of 29.20.

Taylor Lange was also another double record breaker for the team, setting a new record in the 400 meters dash at 1:05.95 and the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 15.60.

Estelle Marker covered the middle and long distance events with two new school records. Her first school record broken was the 800 meter dash event with a time of 2:46.75 and she set a new school and a Wright County Conference team record with a time of 6:05.52 in the 1600 meter run.

The 4×400 meter relay team of Aly Grant, Madison Voigt, Emily Seehusen, and Lyndy Elvebak set a new school record with a time of 58.19.  At the conference meet the 4×400 team of Aly Grant, Madison Voigt, Sydney Gilbertson and Lyndy Elvebak set a new conference team record time of 58.94. Mckeena Rieckhoff, a 400 meter dash runner, had a strong showing at the conference meet placing first and setting a new team record with a time of 1:06.56. In the field events Annah Fritz tied the school record in the pole vault with a vault of six feet, six inches.

CWMS BTF CMYKThe seventh grade boys finished second behind Litchfield at conference and had one quadruple champion.

Nolan Hoehn took the 100 meter dash in 12.91, 200 meters in 26.36, and was also first in the long jump with a leap of 16-01 and was on the winning 4×400 relay team.

The relay team of Tyler Sell, Hoehn, Max Doty, and Kevin Zheng have been flirting with breaking the school record all year, but still finished first at conference with a time of 55.31. In the field events Doty lead the way in the pole vault winning with a vault of 7-0.

The 8th grade girls finished eighth in the conference but did break two school records in 2013. Molly Reighardt was also on the middle school team for a short time before being called up to varsity. Before she left she set a new 200 meter dash school record with a time of 28.00 seconds. In the field events Amanda VanDenBerg broke the school discus record with a throw of 68-04.

The 8th grade boys finished sixth in the conference and had one conference champion. In the field events Robert Ische took first in the high jump with a jump of 5-03.

A special thanks to long-time middle school head boys’ coach John Laulainen who has been a big part of Waconia’s track and field tradition and success for the last 32 years and counting. Laulainen has seen countless young athletes “run, jump, throw… faster, higher and farther,” the motto of the Waconia program.

The middle school team also has a great supporting staff of coaches in assistant boys’ coach Tyrel Seim and co–head girls coaches Megan Bailey and Nicole Schahn. Coaches Cindy Shook (High Jump), Cynthia Overson (Hurdles), and Mike Kray (Pole Vault) also helped with instructions.