Banner County ready for action
     2013-03-28      By Jerry Purvis    news at geringcitizen.com
Courtesy photo Members of the Banner County track team include front row from left, Michelle Molik, Abby Russell, Rebecca Brenner, Amanda Harrison, Ashlynne Hanan and Taylor Evans; middle row, Ruben Gomez, Noah Huber, Kadan Huber, Hesten Soule and Michael McKown; back row, Tyson Dahlgrin, David Gifford, Brenton Soule, Ben Hostetler and Wyatt Nielsen. Not pictured are Bryce Olsen and Allysa Matthews. 
By With a small team of 18 members, the Banner County Wildcats are looking forward to the competition of the upcoming season.
The boys’ squad returns eight letter winners from last year, with the girls returning three letter winners.
“We have seven girls on the team, so we won’t be competing team-wise,” said head coach Kari Gifford. “But we have some experienced kids who will do well in their events.”
One of those returners is junior Amanda Harrison, who qualified for state in cross country last year, but didn’t compete in track. She’s back for the 2013 track season.
Gifford said they’re looking for Harrison to have good performances in the distance events. She’s also optimistic about new freshmen coming out as she evaluated how they’ll fit in.
On the boys’ side, Mike McKown is returning for sprints and David Gifford in the throwing events. Tyson Dahlgrin, Kaden Huber and Ben Hostetler are also expected to do well in sprints and jumps.
Banner County was to open its season last weekend at Kimball, but that meet was postponed due to bad weather. So their first event is Thursday, March 28 at Bayard.
“The kids have been putting in some good practices,” Gifford said. “I think we’re ahead of where we were last year, but you never know until the meets. That’s what we’re looking forward to, getting into actual events.”
In addition to head coach Gifford, the team’s assistants include Sonja Lind, Bill Gifford, and Chelsie Thurin.

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