WYNOT — The Wynot track and field team got things started earlier this week at the Cedar Catholic meet and 13-year head coach Lee Heimes is hoping to build with plenty of experience and athleticism on hand.
Heimes, whose crowning achievement with the program was the 2015 runner-up finish with the girls, is optimistic in a year after a season being wiped out, that he has the pieces in place.
“They are all great competitors that are athletic,” he said. “Our athletes compete in other sports during the season, so I think that helps them get ready for the track season.”
A lot of his key returners come from the girls side as ‘Carley Heimes and Kendra Pinkelman (4x400 and 4x800 relay members), Krystal Sudbeck (4x100, long jump) and April Folkers (discus) all come back following state qualification in 2019, the last season without the presence of COVID-19.
The Blue Devils will count on seniors Peyton Wieseler and Garrett Lange, juniors Taten Guenther, Tyler Nicke, Charlie Schroeder and Jack Kuchta, sophomore Colin Wieseler and freshmen Joseph Sudbeck, Dylan Heine, Chase Schroeder, Korbin Guenther and Carson Wieseler.
Giving a hand and foot to the aforementioned Wynot girls on the track and in the field should be senior Autumn Guenther, juniors Amy Tramp and Isabelle Robinson, sophomores Lauren Haberman and Amber Lawson and freshmen Kayla Pinkelman, Myrah Sudbeck, Annika Heimes, Hannah Dodge, Kinslee Heimes, Allison Wieseler, Izzy Heimes and Courtney Pinkelman.
Senior Peyton Wieseler is looking forward to another season even if it took two years to get here.
“I feel like everyone has taken a little step back since we didn’t have that extra year of practice to get into the groove of things,” he said. “Everyone is working hard to get back. Last year, it was more about how everything went downhill - and not just track - the whole world was shut off for a couple of months and that was a little freaky.”
He added that the boys and girls are athletic enough and they all push each other since they are a group of massive competitors.
“We are all in this together so it’s fun doing it,” Peyton Wieseler, a thrower for the Blue Devils, said. “I am hoping to make it to State in either shot or disc. This is my final year, so that is my goal. I have my own disc and I have been throwing it around here and there and I have been lifting at home. I am just keeping myself in shape for not only track, but all the other sports, too.”