Soaring high in Crivitz
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 7:00 PM
CRIVITZ - While Jake Wiedemeier and Treven Gezella soar over the track, the Crivitz Wolverines will be pretty fast on the track, too.
Tanner Thoreson of Crivitz works on his discus technique during the team’s first outdoors practice Tuesday afternoon. EagleHerald/Jody Korch
Crivitz has good numbers and promising potential on its track and field teams this spring. While Peshtigo and Suring are favorites to win the M&O Conference boys' track title, the Wolverines will do well.
"I think that we could be in the running if everything goes right," Crivitz coach Glen Treado said.
The Wolverines return four state qualifiers, including Wiedemeier, a two-time state champion pole vaulter. Gezella also is a two-time state pole vault qualifier.
"They're so good because of so much dedication they have for the event," Treado said of his two senior vaulters. "They're very self-motivated and dedicated."
Gezella and Wiedemeier also compete in sprint relays.
Other senior boys include George Beattie and Tyler Murray in the distance events, Tristen Oleck in the sprint relays, and throwers Joe Rodriguez and Dustin Marlott.
Junior Ben Fischer is a returning state high jump qualifier.
Other juniors include Cody Bates in the sprints and relays, Zach Timblin and first-year track athlete Sam Banaszak in the throws, and Adam Stady, who has been a pleasant surprise in the middle distances and relays.
Sophomores include Alex Wiedemeier, Josh Spink and Tanner Thoreson in the throws, Alex Barley in the distance races and pole vaulter Tyler Montgomery.
The strong group of freshmen is led by Ryan Padgett, a standout sprinter. Other freshmen include Tyler Slaby in the distance relays and pole vault, sprinters Micah Sessler and Nicholas Chapman, Tom Kelly and Arthur Dama in the throws, and Billy Retza in the distances and 300 hurdles.
The Wolverines have questions in the distance events and high hurdles. "Other than that we could field a pretty good team," Treado said.
Senior Theresa Orlando, a returning 400 dash state qualifier, leads the Cirivitz girls' team.
"Theresa is a really neat kid," Treado said. "She's just a self-motivated, coachable kid who will do anything you ask her to do."
The other seniors are Kelsey Fickler in the shot put and discus and McKenna Kelly in the distances. The juniors are pole vaulter Amanda LaFave and sprinters Kate Kitchenmaster and Pauline Berna.
Sophomores include Leanne Orlando and Victoria Newman in the middle distances, Brianna Kopp in the jumps, and Tiffany Sanders in the hurdles and Tiffany Sanders in the hurdles and jumps.
Freshmen include Taylor Gezella and Sierra Kopp in the sprints, and Haley Moriva in the sprints and pole vault.
The Wolverines finally got to practice outside for their first time on Tuesday. To break up the monotony of seemingly endless indoor practices, the athletes have been running fun relay races and doing circuit training. The Crivitz gym has an indoor pole vaulting pit.
"The kids have had really good attitudes about practicing indoors," Treado said.
Ryan Reichardt and Rick Kamps are also assistant coaches.