New coach striving to rebuild EL-G program

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE – New head coach Chris Petrie looks forward to the challenge of rebuilding the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah track program which has been down in recent years.

“I am excited to watch the program rebuild a tradition of success. We have the young athletes to help the program reset the trajectory set by the last few years,” said Petrie, a former track standout at Elkhart.

The boys squad includes 11 athletes which is up from only six last year. The girls team has nine members – an increase of two over 2012.

The program is very young with no upperclassmen on the boys roster and only two (both juniors) on the girls squad. The girls team has no athletes with previous high school track experience.

Despite the teams being so young, Petrie sees good potential in both.

“The girls as a group have demonstrated in early meets that they have the ability to put our team in a competitive position. Emily Holzmann, freshman, has been impressive in the short sprints,” he said.

“The guys’ side has the talent to be competitive as well. April will give us a better indication of which newcomers will step up for our team.”

The boys team has three returning letter winners, led by sophomore hurdler Logan Knepfel who was a Division 3 sectional qualifier in the 110-meter highs and 300 intermediates.

“Logan will help set the expectations for practice and meets this season,” said Petrie who replaced Nik Yasko at the helm.

“Our strengths are the depth of talented newcomers to the program. Our weaknesses are a lack of numbers and experience,” he said.

Petrie stated the keys for the Resorter teams to have success.

“We need to be dedicated and disciplined, work hard and have fun finding success in the process,” he said.

Petrie noted his top goals:

“Have each athlete grow and reach their fullest potential, so we are ready for conference, regional, sectional and state competitions.”

Petrie predicts that the Central Lakeshore Conference will be competitive as usual. Random Lake is the six-time defending girls champion. Oostburg is the reigning boys champion.

Petrie, a 2006 Elkhart graduate, competed in the state triple jump, shot put and 400 relay in high school. He was an assistant track coach for the Resorters last year. He was a multiple national qualifier in the triple jump at UWStevens Point.

ELKHART LAKE-GLENBEULAH
OUTDOOR TRACK SCHEDULE
Boys and Girls
April 4 – @ Cedar Grove
April 9 – @ Kohler
April 16 – @ Ozaukee
April 19 – @ Ozaukee, ppd.
April 20 – @ Reedsville Invite
April 23 – @ Howards Grove
April 26 – Glenn Funk Invite, @ Kohler
May 3 – Vanderpan Invite, @ S. Falls
May 9 – CLC JV Meet, @ Ozaukee
May 13 – CLC Meet, @ Cedar Grove
May 20 – Regional, @Hilbert
May 23 – Sectional, @ Princeton
May 31 – State Meet, @ UW-La Crosse
June 1 – State Meet, @ UW-La Crosse
ELKHART LAKE-GLENBEULAH

TRACK ROSTERS

Boys

Sophomores – Gunnr Johnson, *Hunter Schoenborn, Stuart Zelle, *Logan Knepfel, Hunter Michalowske, Josh Miske, Trevor Rebedew and *Caterson Schamberger.

Freshmen – Stephan Clemens, Javian Hessil and Gio Jimenez.

Girls

Juniors – Kenna Rentmeester and Izzy Sadiq.

Sophomores – Mariah Ausloos and Hannah Melger.

Freshmen – Amber Bonebrake, Emily Holzmann, Sophie Lutzke, Addi Yurk and Eliza Meyer.

* = Returning letter winners.


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