Central Montcalm track teams made ‘huge strides’

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 9:28 am on Friday, June 21, 2013

Central Montcalm’s LaShae Wright, left, clears a hurdle during The Daily News Track Invitational in May. Wright placed third at the Division 3 state meet in the 100-meter hurdles.

STANTON — Central Montcalm’s track teams had some hiccups during the season, but co-coach Kris Kolbe was still happy with how things went.

“Starting with the boys, we knew we were young,” he said. “We only had one senior on the team, so we knew we were going to have some big shoes to fill with some inexperienced kids. We saw some huge gains at every meet, which will give us something to build on for next year.”

The Green Hornet girls were a little more experienced.

“The girls, we had a few more seniors there.” Kolbe said. “We had some seniors coming back, we just didn’t have the depth coming back. The younger girls, they made some huge improvements with the weather being difficult at times. But we were pleased with the strides they made during the season.”

Central sent a pair of athletes to the state finals. Senior LaShae Wright was third in the state in Division 3 in the 100-meter hurdles while Travis Reager (pole vault) qualified for the finals, but did not place.

But there were other athletes that Kolbe said were important to the teams.

“Cory Kindle, shot and discus, had a nice junior season,” he said. “I look for big things out of him as a senior. He placed in every meet we went to.

“Andrew Mason, who was a sophomore sprinter, had a decent year, along with Jason Beckley, a junior. He (Beckley) gives us a good foundation. Joey Baldwin was a distance runner in his first year of track and he made some nice gains throughout the year.”

On the girls side, it was all about the juniors.

“Ally James had a nice end of her junior season,” Kolbe said. “Ann Karwoski had a nice junior year. Gwen Parks had a nice year. Those are all kids that we look forward to going into the 2014 season. Taylor Miller had a pretty good junior year, as well.”

Kolbe said there is some work to do if the Hornets want to be in the mix of the Central State Activities Association next season in both boys and girls.

“My expectation for next year is that we have a lot of offseason work to do,” he said. “We have to have kids make improvements in the weight room and we’ve seen that so far. And just being active. I like to encourage kids to participate in multiple sports to get the athletic development. I hope to get the boys and girls in the upper echelon of the CSAA, which has been an extremely competitive conference over the years.”

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