Experience a plus for Elkhart teams

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff


EMILY HOLZMANN, shown competing in the 100-meter high hurdles last season, will be a key member of the Elkhart Lake girls track team this year. Holzmann earned a sixth-place medal in the 100 highs at the 2014 Division 3 state track meet. – Photo by Mike McGill EMILY HOLZMANN, shown competing in the 100-meter high hurdles last season, will be a key member of the Elkhart Lake girls track team this year. Holzmann earned a sixth-place medal in the 100 highs at the 2014 Division 3 state track meet. – Photo by Mike McGill ELKHART LAKE – Chris Petrie, head coach for the Elkhart Lake- Glenbeulah boys and girls track teams, is upbeat about the the 2015 season.

“It will be fun to watch the hard work of athletes come to pay dividends over the course of this season,” said Petrie who enters his third season at the helm.

“We have athletes that have committed themselves to multiple years of hard work and their times/distances should reflect their dedication. We also have some young newcomers who will add to our strengths.”

Petrie said the program’s strength is having solid, experienced athletes. The boys team has eight returning letter winners and the girls squad, six.

He indicated that the weakness is low numbers compared to the other teams in the Central Lakeshore Conference. Both Resorter teams’ rosters are smaller than last year with both having only 12 athletes.

The girls team is led by junior Emily Holzmann and sophomore Sonia Schubert who competed in last year’s Division 3 state meet. Holzmann earned a sixth-place medal in the 100-meter high hurdles and Schubert finished 10th in the long jump at state.

Schubert led the Resorters in the 2014 CLC Meet with 23 team points, led by a winning performance in the triple jump.

The top returnee for the boys squad is senior Logan Knepfel who was a sectional qualifier in the 110 highs and the 200 dash last season. Knepfel was the Resorters’ top finisher in the CLC Meet with a second in the 110 highs.

Surveying the teams, Petrie thinks the program will be strong in the hurdles, jumps and sprints. He said the distance events are starting to develop.

The coach mentioned the key athletes he expects to lead the program this season.

“Logan Knepfel, Emily Holzmann, Sonia Schubert, Andrew Sitko and Gunnr Johnson are athletes with experience and solid results behind them to help lead the team in a positive direction,” he said.

Petrie pointed out the newcomers who have impressed him thus far.

“Camrie Schmitz [sophomore] had a great first outing in the sprints [at Sheboygan North Invitational]. It will be fun to watch her progress over the course of a season. Hunter Radloff [freshman] ran a solid first race in the mile at Oshkosh [Invitational] and is a hard worker,” he said.

“My top goals are to perform well at conference and WIAA meets, and make sure every athlete advances in track-and-field knowledge and results.”

He said the keys for the teams to have success this season are hard work and dedication.

Looking at the CLC competition, Petrie favors Howards Grove and Oostburg as the top title contenders for the boys and Random Lake as the girls’ championship favorite. Oostburg and HGHS finished 1-2, respectively, in last year’s CLC Meet. Random Lake is the eight-time defending girls champion.


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