Front Row: L-R Michael Dickens, Hudson Morgan, Grone, Caidan Gregg
Second Row: Calie Cockburn, Rhyanne Mackling, Shantel Miller, Sarah Papke, Katie Utech, Brianna Bousquet, Elizabeth Sattler, Jackson Belt, Alex Kneifl
Third Row: Makena Schincke, Rachael Bousquet, Devon Lewellen, Bryan Isom, Brayden McCorkindale, Bo Jackson, Mica Tornez, Sean Lawrence
Fourth Row: Devin Reinert, Makayla Horak, Kiya Tornez, Erica Neimann, Bre Millard, Abby Moore, Emeila Harral, Drayden Zayas
BACK ROW: Alex Snyder, Kristina Hogue, Jenni Olson, Alejandra Hermosillo, Alex Ankeny, Aidan Isom, Charlie Watkins
The 2023 track season seems to be filled with optimism at Emerson-Hubbard and Allen. The Tri County Northeast track cooperative is now in its third year and interest seems to be high entering the season. A total of 38 athletes, 16 boys and 22 girls combined from the two schools have made the commitment to be a member of the Wolfpack Track program.
Head coach, Dave Uldrich, will be assisted by Marc Bathke, Evan Colfack, Joe Kvidera and newcomer, Tessa Braun.
Heading into the 2023 season, the veteran athletes are ready to make their marks and show their leadership to the younger athletes.
One returning Wolfpack athlete returns as a two time state track participant. Brianna Bousquet, ran legs on the Wolfpack 4x400 relays in 2021 and 2022, earning a medal in 2021. Junior, Rhyanne Mackling, participated as a freshmen at the state meet in the 3,200. Rhyanne is currently on the mend for a possible run late in the year.
The rest of the team is going to be assessed daily, and fitted based on daily workouts and evaluations by coaches. Getting to know each of the athletes’ strengths will be very important in placing athletes into the correct events and insuring the athletes can be successful as well.
One thing is definite. Every time an athlete competes on the track, runway, or ring, bettering two year old cooperative marks established in 2021 and 2022 will be under fire. That alone should motivate all athletes to put effort forward. Wolfpack athletes will work hard and be prepared by season’s end for district meet competition.
It seems very clear early on, that the 2023 squad members are truly the kids who want to be here, challenging themselves and wanting to be the best they can be as individuals, and become even better competitive athletes. The coaching staff appreciates that mentality.
“The team will work very hard to get better on a daily basis. We have so much untapped potential! The coaching staff’s philosophy is easy to understand, ’get better daily’. No negativity, just encouragement. The program is all about personal improvement, not being the first place person in every meet. We have never made that a priority and will not start now. When the kids buy into that, and see improvements come individually, they work even harder to better themselves. We as coaches, respect, admire, and love these kids…..to put themselves in front of everyone, risking failure, but risking success too. Eventually, the medals will come. The work it takes to be a track athlete and learning to compete is a valuable lesson for life. We appreciate and respect each and every athlete who dares to take the challenge. These athletes are tremendously fun and hard working group of young people and we are lucky to have the correct 38 in our program.”