Freeman’s boys and girls track team week opened the Northeast A League season Thursday against Colfax and Medical Lake.
The boys lost twice, including to Colfax by four points. A relay disqualification cost them victory.
Despite leading comfortably, the 4x100 relay team was guilty of passing the baton out of the exchange zone, a 10-point swing in the meet.
The girls, however, won once despite the fact there are only nine on the team, seven of them freshmen.
“This is a very, very solid nine girls,” said Scotties coach John Hays. “Every one is a point getter.”
Included are lone senior Becky Brown, a state qualifying distance runner who can do anything from the 400 meters on up and who can jump and throw as well.
“We’re trying to find a niche for her in league,” said Hays.
Sophomore Jordan Moberg puts the shot and is nearing 100-feet in the discus.
Freshmen include sprint phenom Sarah Pratt, whose goal is to break her mother’s school records.
Hillary Adams is a shot putter, discus and javelin thrower and high jumper. Bobbi Donnelly sprints, long jumps and puts the shot. Traci Duncan runs distances and 300 hurdles. Jami Harless hurdles, Sadie Kalstad runs the 400 and relays and Kim Davey runs the 800.
“This core group dominated the junior high league,” said Hays. “They haven’t quite figured out high school competition. As they get more experienced they’ll get down there.”
The boys have a bigger turnout, including senior sprinter-jumper Marc Reed, a state-qualifier last year in the triple jump.
Versatile junior Andy Schmidt sprints, pole vaults and puts the shot.
A 12-6 vaulter, Schmidt will go it alone now that state qualifier Ryan Bates, who injured a shoulder, can’t compete.
Another senior, Andy Hill, returns to the distances after a two-year fling with baseball.
Among the 20 on roster are junior hurdler-javelin thrower Jason Harless and event mates Justin Greger and Pat Erickson.
Freshmen sprinters are Jeff Wigen, Scott Zeiler, Wade White and Jared Valacity, joined by Chris Meenach and first-time senior Matt McCormick.
Freshmen John Russell and Ian Higgins are in the distances.
Throwers include Jordon Bullough, senior Geoff Morton, sophomore Nathan Donnelly and freshmen Ross Ennis, Josh Johnson and Dan Van Voorhis.
Jumpers are Reed, Higgins and Greger.