With 29 boys and 28 girls signed up to participate in Sidney’s track and field team, head coach Steve O’Toole is impressed with the big turnout this season.
Of the 57 athletes, a large amount enter the season as experienced returners, including returning state champions Jalyssa Gorder, reaching 11’6” in the pole vault event and a two-time state champion in Whitney Leuenberger who excels in shot put, throwing for 41’ 4.5”.
O’Toole said pole vault coach Steve Yockim “will have a strong returning group of pole vaulters. Joining Gorder will be Mikayla Minow, a past state champion who placed third last year, reaching heights up to 11’, Lexi Prevost, reaching 9’9”, Erin Harris, reaching 9’9” and was a state placer last year and Logan Thiel, reaching 11’ who O’Toole said looked good early on for the boys.
On the track in the hurdling events, coach Virginia Dschaak returns a promising group in Prevost, Cierra Sinks, as well as Kalen Hance for the boys. Caleb Benson, a state placer two years ago, returns to hurdling after coming off of an injury last year. Dschaak said Benson looks to be promising as well as Tyler Quilling.