2013-04-18 / Sports

G-L boys ready to get back on track

By Patti Brandt Of The Enterprise staff


GLEN LAKE’S boys track team is counting on several returnees. From left are sophomore Spencer Query, juniors Nick Butts and Carter Lee and seniors Tyler Stachnik and Tristan Wikle. 
Don Miller Photo GLEN LAKE’S boys track team is counting on several returnees. From left are sophomore Spencer Query, juniors Nick Butts and Carter Lee and seniors Tyler Stachnik and Tristan Wikle. Don Miller Photo With most of Glen Lake’s track team returning from last season, coach Jason Bradford has high hopes for this season. Now if the Lakers can just get the season started.

The Lakers had their first two meets canceled along with a scrimmage due to inclement weather.

Only three seniors were lost from last year and five of the returnees made it to states last year. Overall the team has 27 runners this year, up two from a year ago.

“We have most of our team returning this season,” said Bradford, who is in his second year of coaching. “And we have a few new athletes this spring. Numbers are strong and the kids are working hard.”

Top returnees include seniors Michael Aylsworth, who runs the 400, 800 and 1600 meter relays, as well as the 100 and 200; Kurt Kalis, who runs the 800 and 1600 relays; Parker Kokowicz, whose events include the 400, 800 and 1600 relays, the 400, the long jump, and the 100 and 200 runs; and Tyler Stachnik, whose events are the 400 and 800 relays, and the 100 and 200.

The roster also includes juniors Nick Butts and Carter Lee, and sophomore Spencer Query.

“All of these runners went to states last season except Tyler due to an injury and Kurt because of illness,” said Bradford, who will work with assistant coach Jerry Angers. “They have all been working extremely hard and it will be interesting to see how they do this season.

“We are expecting great things out of everyone this season.”

Bradford said he also expects several of the newcomers to make an impact this spring, like junior Logan LaCross, who will be working on high jump, hurdles, and discus; freshman Colton Schopieray, a sprinter; sophomore Travis Wiltjer, also a sprinter; freshman Jarred Ritter, who does the high jump; and senior Tristan Wikle, a distance runner.

In all, the team is made up of nine seniors, four juniors, nine sophomores and five freshmen.

While none of Glen Lake’s athletes run indoor track, as most are busy with other sports in the winter, Bradford is confident they’ll do well.

“We are always working for that Northwest Conference title,” Bradford said. “It will be interesting how we tally up against Benzie and Kingsley this season.”

He said he is expecting the Lakers to return to the state track meet this year with the team’s 400, 800 and 1600 relays.

“We are also working towards getting a few running in some open events down at state too,” he said. “We will strongly compete with every other team in our region this season.”

And like most other teams in the area, the team has been hampered by the cold weather.

“It is hard to get a lot of miles in while running in the hallways,” Bradford said. “It’s very different compared to the 80 degree weather we had prior to spring break last year.”

Bradford is hoping the team can get outside for a meet next week — Tuesday at Kingsley.

“It doesn’t look good for this week,” he said. “We will see what Mother Nature has in store for us next week.”

Glen Lake Track Schedule

April 23 — @ Kingsley
May 1 — @ Frankfort
May 4 — @ Brethren Invite
May 7 — @ Kingsley
May 9 — Garland Invite
May 13 — @ Central Lake Invite
May 22 — NWC Championships
May 28 — Honor Roll Meet @
Traverse City Central

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