Larger numbers boost EL-G boys’ hopes

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff


FINN SHIELDS, Elkhart Lake sophomore shown competing in the discus last season, was a state qualifier in the event in 2017. – Photo by Mike McGill FINN SHIELDS, Elkhart Lake sophomore shown competing in the discus last season, was a state qualifier in the event in 2017. – Photo by Mike McGill ELKHART LAKE – A much larger roster boosts the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah boys track team’s hopes for the 2018 season.

The Resorters have 14 team members, compared to only five last year. Elkhart has five returning letter winners in seniors Hunter Radloff and Noah Ruh, juniors Bryce Sitko and Ransom Yasko and sophomore Finn Shields.

“We have more participants this year, a talented freshman class and several returning athletes,” said Joe Greuel who is in his third season as the Resorters’ head coach.

Shields was a runner-up in the Big East Conference Championships and Division 3 regional competition and was a state qualifier in the discus last year. Radloff was a sectional qualifier in the 800-meter run.

Radloff will compete in the 400 and 800 this season. Shields will compete in the shot put and discus.

Greuel said the key returning athletes include Ruh (100 and 200 dashes this season); Radloff; Shields; Sitko (shot and discus); Jesse Guerrero, Raistlin Lopez- Lloyd and Austin Henschel (all in the sprints); and Alex Borisenko (distance races),

Greuel pointed out the team’s strengths.

“We have two good senior leaders in Ruh and Radloff. Shields and Sitko return in the shot and discus. Guerrero, Lopez- Lloyd and Henschel will provide more depth in the sprints,” said the coach.

Greuel said the team’s weaknesses are not having strong participants in the high jump, triple jump, 3200 run and relay; and having a young team with little experience. Elkhart has nine underclassmen and only one senior.

The coach said the keys for the Resorters to have success are having few injuries, a hard work ethic and confidence in the ability to succeed.


MIA RENTMEESTER, pictured in the 100-meter dash last year, leads the Elkhart Lake girls’ sprints this season. – Photo by Mike McGill MIA RENTMEESTER, pictured in the 100-meter dash last year, leads the Elkhart Lake girls’ sprints this season. – Photo by Mike McGill Greuel’s top goals are to finish at least in the middle of the BEC Championships and advance athletes to the state meet. EL-G placed 13th in last year’s conference meet. Oostburg is the twotime defending BEC champion.

GIRLS PREVIEW

The Resorters have only four girls on the roster, compared to 13 in 2017, but three of them were letter winners last season. Returning are junior Mia Rentmeester and sophomores Peyton Radloff and Sofie Sutcliffe.

Rentmeester ran on the 400 relay which placed first in the BEC Championships and qualified for state. She will compete in the 100 and 200 dashes this season.

Sutcliffe and Radloff will participate in the 400 and 800 races. Freshman Madison Avila will compete in the high jump and 200.

Greuel said the team’s strengths are the 100, 200, high jump and 800.

He said the team needs to stay healthy and work hard to have success. The outlook this season is promising despite the low number of athletes, said Greuel.

“My top goal is to perform well despite the low number of girls,” said the coach.

Elkhart finished sixth in the BEC Championships last year. Hilbert/Stockbridge won the BEC title the last two seasons.


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