Mitchell Tigers ready to roar
     2013-03-21      By Brian Hale    brianhale@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Mitchell Index - The 2013 Mitchell Tigers girls’ track team is front row from left, Hannah Jenkins, Morgan Michael, Taylor Peters, Havannah Newens, Sarai Espinoza, Deanna Irvin, Elysha Foster, Rebecca Bullock; middle row, Myranda Musfelt, Maddie Holstein, K’Lee Hasse, Dara Dappen, Vianney Garza, Ashlyn Einfalt, Gentry Ochs, Randee Schreiner, Elli Singpiel; back row, Jessie Nelson, Alex Smith, Hannah Haberman, McKenna Zulkoski, Aspen Reifschneider, Lauren Thomas, Kady Lower, Macie Alfred, Barbara Pieper, Michaela Gellerman, Mrgan Komarck, Brittany Sisson. 
The Mitchell Tigers Boys and Girls Track Teams are a force to be reckoned with this year with 70 kids out including a number of state qualifiers. Coach Michelle Peters is in her second year as Head High School Track Coach after heading up the Junior High program for 10­­ years. She feels very optimistic about the team this year and their chances to not only be competitive, but also to be in a position to win some meets. Coach Peters also has a solid group of assistants including; Mike Harriger, Jayson Gregory, Glen Eberspecher, Joe Yauney and Colynn Beaver.

According to Coach Peters, "The majority of our talent is back and we have some new transfers that came in. We should be able to score points in all events."

On the girls side of things, some of the names you'll hear about this year should include Taylor Peters (800 state qualifier), McKenna Zulkoski (recorded one of the fastest times in the state as a freshman), Aspen Reifschneider (less than an inch from qualifying in the long jump), Havannah Newens (state qualifier in the high jump) and Kady Lower (transfer from Morrill). The 4x400 meter relay team was also just two tenths of a second off the school record last year, so look for that record to go down sometime this year.

For the boys team, Robbie Burke was a state qualifier in the 400 and tied the school record in the high jump and transfer Tanner Whitten comes from Wilber-Claytonia where he qualified for state in the 400 and 800. Another big positive is the fact that the Cross Country team qualified for state last year. Coach Peters indicated that several of the Cross Country runners also compete on the track team, including Jeremy Carrizales, Nate Jenkins, Levi Avila and Tate Harvey.

In other events we should see some good things from Andrew Thomas in the pole vault, Garret Braman and Cole Beaver in the high jump, Adam Scholtthauer in the triple jump and long jump and Spencer Rien in the shotput and discus.

"Our new weights coach (Glen Eberspecher) really has the kids motivated," Peters said. With new found strength, a few key transfers, lots of depth with a strong freshmen class coming up and the Mitchell Tigers are ready to roar.

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