Central Montcalm track coach prepares for 2013


By Chip Burch • Last Updated 10:24 am on Monday, July 16, 2012

Central Montcalm’s Matt Barnwell attempts to clear the high jump bar during a meet early in the season. — File photo

STANTON — Central Montcalm track coach Kris Kolbe and his co-coach/wife Amy had some work to do with this year’s Green Hornet teams.

The boys finished eighth in the Central State Activities Association while the girls were fifth in the nine-team league.

“On the boys side I knew going into it we’d be young,” Kolbe said. “We graduated a lot of experience over the past couple of years. I knew the kids would be competitive and worked hard all year and that’s all I could ask for.”

The highlight of the boys track season was the shot put and discus, Kolbe said.

“We were competitive in shot and disc on a daily basis,” he said. “Brandon Antes and Jared Morris were competing in everywhere we went. Most of the time they won it or placed second at dual meets.”
The girls team was led by LaShae Wright, who ran hurdles and high jumped.

“LaShae, you can’t say enough about her. She’s a natural athlete,” Kolbe said. “But to go with her, Cierra Sutherland was a good long jumper for us and ran in a bunch of relays. Rachel Davis was another surprise. She came out this year and really helped us out in the relays and the 100 open. Brianna Collins in the shot and disc was very competitive all year long.”

Kolbe also cited the distance runners for their work.

“The girls distance weren’t huge in numbers but they worked hard and will continually get better,” he said. “If they keep working they will see a lot of good positive things come about.”

Kolbe sees good things for both the boys and girls as long as they are getting their reps in.

“I think it’s going to be another one of the years where as long as the kids keep working, we’ll continue to get better and better and we’ll win league meets,” Kolbe said of the Central boys. “I’m excited for them because I want to see how that young talent develops.”

As for the girls team, Kolbe said he thinks they will be good.

“Next year I think the girls can be competing for the top spot in the league,” he said. “Most of the teams are back and I

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