Graduation leaves a big gap for Whitko
Whitko returns its top scorer from last season, senior Connor Stouder (above). Pictured, Stouder sets up hurdles at a home meet last season. Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitkoâ€™s boys track team comes off a successful campaign last year looking to continue a string of Three Rivers Conference championships that stretches back to 2008.
The Wildcats will need to replace a backbone of seniors from last yearâ€™s team that finished with a 9-1 record.
â€śWe lost a large, successful senior class and they will be difficult to replace,â€ť said Wildcat Head Coach Ron Cherry. â€śAlec Wilkinson was a pole vaulter who qualified for the state meet. Trapper Mize, Brody Wilson, Dallas Asher, Dylan Cozad and Jude Stieglitz were extremely successful and record-setting distance runners who all qualified for the regional.â€ť
â€śBrandon Nettrouer was a great 400 runner and regional qualifier, while Jordan Sims was a regional qualifier,â€ť said Cherry. â€śDerek Snep was a regional qualifier in the shot put. All of these guys will be difficult to replace.â€ť
The Wildcats will look for help in the sprint races from Connor Stouder, who was Whitkoâ€™s top sprinter last year.
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