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SPRING SPORTS PREVIEW: Wabasso track and field

Photo courtesy of Photoworks Pictured above is the Wabasso boys and girls track and field team. Team members include: Leah Lightfoot, Madigan Nelson, Mataya Nelson, Mary Bottelberghe, Ty Bernardy, Mesa Nelson, Katelyn Zeug, Kelly Bernardy, Shelby Kramer, Shayna Huhnerkoch, Natasha Doubler, Mikayla Bliss, Addison Jensen, Todd Deterling, Madison Harvey-Beeman, Noah Pope, Ashlyn Daub, Lonnah Maasch, Emma Salfer, Ally Jesse, Aidan Kampson, Wyatt Soupir, Tyler Bliss, Max Treitler, Sam Fenger, Zachary Timm, Steven Lensing and Callie Olson.

WABASSO – The Wabasso track and field teams enter the 2021 season with an opportunity that wasn’t there for them a season ago.

Wabasso coach Cody Kittelson believes an area of strength is the work ethic of his team, which should help them take advantage of that opportunity.

“We have a group of kids that are willing to work hard and have fun doing it,” he said.

Kittelson sees the importance in keeping sports fun, despite not knoqing how the season will unfold.

“The expectations are unknown but we are thankful to have the opportunity,” he said.

The Rabbits enter the season low in numbers, but high in upperclassmen. Of the 17 individuals on the teams, five are in their senior season. This includes four girls and one boy.

With the long layoff, Kittelson is spending the early portion of the season reintroducing his roster to the basics of training.

“The first week involves general training for the team as well as introductions back to weight room procedure,” he said.

The lack of a 2020 season leaves Kittelson with a lot of unknowns entering the year. It’s harder to track individual improvement when the coach doesn’t have a previous season to compare it with.

“You really don’t have a measuring stick for some of the student-athletes because they did not compete last year,” Kittelson said. We are just thankful that we have an opportunity to compete.”

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