Posted 4/05/16 (Tue)
By Jody Michael
Practice began three weeks ago for Divide County High School’s track and field athletes, and one week ago for the golfers, with meets in both sports now coming up as the calendar has turned to April.
The head coaches of both programs previewed what’s to come in the spring sports season.
Track and field opens April 12
Divide County’s track and field programs get going with the 2016 season on Tuesday next week at 4 p.m. with a meet in Tioga.
Head coach Nate Nelson said 13 high schoolers are participating this year, six girls and seven boys, down from 18 total last year. The junior high team, however, has 19 students (12 girls, seven boys).
“The kids that are out for track, they are in it to improve their speed, strength, explosiveness and flexibility,” Nelson said. “They come to practice ready to work hard.”
The girls’ team returns four runners who represented the school at the state championships last year.
Alli McCoy finished fourth in the 200-meter dash with a school-record time of 26.22 seconds and finished fifth in the 100 with a time of 12.82. Divide County also sent its girls’ 4x400 relay team of McCoy, Emilee Johnson, McKenzie Hallgren and Lauryn Heide, which finished 20th with a time of 54.63.
The boys’ lone state qualifier last year has graduated, but Nelson said he is optimistic about their current roster.
“We have five returners from last year’s very young team, plus two newcomers that have the potential to score some points at varsity meets this spring,” said Nelson, whose assistants this year are Cody Roland and Brittany Harward.
The region championship meet is May 21 in Minot; the state meet is May 27-28 in Bismarck.
Golfers teeing off this week
The Maroons’ golf program is beginning its schedule with two junior high meets on Monday and Thursday of this week at Wildwood Country Club in Burlington.
A total of 16 students are golfing for DC this year among the high school and junior high boys’ and girls’ teams, head coach Lucas Schumacher said. KayCee Lindsey is the assistant coach.
“We’re excited that we’ve been able to practice outside,” Schumacher said. “Being in my third year of coaching the team, it’ll be nice to see how the kids who’ve moved into the upper grades do. We’re starting right where we left off last year.”
The Maroons will host two meets this year: the Northwest Conference boys varsity meet, on May 10, as well as the boys’ region meet, with a date yet to be determined.
“It’s good for us to have a home-course advantage,” Schumacher said.
The state meets are May 31 and June 1 in Jamestown (boys) and Carrington (girls).