The Morrill High School track team is looking forward to a season of success after a solid first performance on March 16 at the Chadron indoor event.
“We had three first places at Chadron, so I though we did well,” said head coach Terry Miller. “They were Morgan Nortness in girls’ shot put, Jorge Lara in boys’ pole vault and Taylor Lackey in the boys’ long jump. Other people turned in some good performances as well.”
Although Taylor Lackey had some injuries last year, he returns for Morrill as a starter this year.
For the girls, Sabrina Austin will compete in the sprints, Raina Younkin in hurdles and Morgan Nortness in shot put. Jessica Strecker is also returning as a distance runner.
“For the boys, we’ll be leaning quite a bit on Taylor Lackey in the sprints and relays,” Miller said. “Jorge Lara is a 10th grader and he’s picking up some of the pace on pole vault after we lost a couple of good ones to graduation last year.”
Also competing for the boys is Matt Hessler in discus and shot put. Miller said they have some new members who are upperclassmen coming out for the first time.
Some of the big meets on Morrill’s schedule this year include two at Bayard and three at Mitchell. “Our whole premise is to continue to build so we peak at the end of the season at districts get as many people to the state tournament as we can,” Miller said. “The district tournament will tell us what we have, but we’re looking for some good finishes.”
In addition to Miller, Morrill’s track coaches include Nicole Fredrickson, Bobby Wiegel and Rick Sides.