Plymouth Girls Track Team


THE PLYMOUTH GIRLS track team, shown practicing last week, open its 2015 season Friday at the Sheboygan North Invitational indoor meet, starting at 3:30 p.m. PHS hopes to contend for the EWC girls and boys titles this season. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley THE PLYMOUTH GIRLS track team, shown practicing last week, open its 2015 season Friday at the Sheboygan North Invitational indoor meet, starting at 3:30 p.m. PHS hopes to contend for the EWC girls and boys titles this season. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley Grosshuesch expects Waupun, Kiel and Two Rivers to be strong in the EWC. Two Rivers finished second in last year’s league meet.

“We hope we can be in that group and try to extend our conference streak to a five consecutive titles,” he said.

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The girls squad returns several key athletes from last season, led by strong distance, mid-distance and sprint groups. Leading the distance runners is junior Sophie Bolich who competed in the state 3,200 run for the second straight year in 2014.

PHS also returns all four runners from last season’s sectional qualifying 3,200 relay – Bolich, Karly Knaus, Julia Novotny and Brooke Koehn. Other sectional competitors back are senior Mary Albert in the 100 high hurdles and 300 low hurdles, and Morgan Lisowe in the 100 dash. Albert is the defending EWC champion in the 300 lows.

“We had some strong freshmen last year that are back with us and we will have to have them continue to develop to be the team we want to be in May,” said Grosshuesch.

“We have had some good early season practices and our athletes are working hard, so we are hopefully that we can be a strong team by the end of the season. Our goal as a team is to have each individual improve in her respective event, and if this happens, team successes will follow.

Other top returning athletes include: Jonell Klopf (hurdles), Claire Wichert (sprints), Nicki Bartzen (sprints, jumps), Elizabeth Baus (sprints), Kyra Kronberg (throws), Sophie Albert (mid-distance), Emma Grapentine (sprints, jumps), Allison Pieper (throws) and Margeaux Suttner (mid-distance).

“The throwing events may be our best field event with Allison Pieper and Kyra Kronberg coming off good seasons last year,” Grosshuesch pointed out.

“In the other field events we are pretty thin and inexperienced but we need to develop some depth to be more competitive. Nicki Bartzen has the tools to be a quality pole vaulter. Emma Grapentine will be our leader in the high jump.

“Our horizontal jumps [long and triple] are real thin area for us. Hopefully several of our young athletes can help fill this void,” said the coach.

“Overall, we have to improve quite a bit in the next 11 weeks. We have the athletes and the work ethic to do it. We just need to stay focused and get great effort out of all 51 girls each and every day, and we will be happy with our season.”

Grosshuesch expects Sheboygan Falls, Kiel and defending champion Two Rivers to be strong in the conference.

“With some significant help from our young group we may be able to get in their league,” he said.


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