MARCUS - Eight returning letter winners - including four State qualifiers last season - are back to lead the Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn girls track and field team this year.
Senior Erica Dreckman leads the group as a 2011 State qualifier in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and distance medley relay, and senior Carly Lehnhoff returns as a State qualifier in the distance medley relay. Sophomore Nicki Schwarz also ran on that State distance medley relay team, and senior thrower Brandi Orr is back after making State last year in the discus.
The other returning letter winners include junior Sarah Bird, and sophomores Sydney Roberts, Amber Neisius, and Liz Henke. In addition, veteran coach Ric Collins greeted seven promising freshmen who will add to the team's point totals this year.
Coach Collins lists 18 athletes out for the sport as among his team strengths, along with the skilled returning nucleus. He will work hard to develop jumpers and hurdlers, and will count heavily on his corps of runners with great abilities in the 200-800 meters.
Depth in that running stable is a team shortcoming, according to Collins, who will again be assisted by Lonnie Boekhout.
Those talented letter winners include three seniors and three juniors, with a couple of promising freshman also capable of impacting the Lady Eagles in 2012.
Senior letter winners back are Jill Addison, Brooke Robinson, and Casey Wurth; and junior letter winners returning include Alissa McDermott, Mallory Roseen, and Kayla Theisen.
AMong coach McDermott-Ebert's newcomers are freshmen Sarah McDermott, and Allison Meehan.
Theisen was a War eagle Conference first team pick her freshman year.
Among team strengths listed by coach McDermott-Ebert are experienced letter winners and incoming freshmen, while a team shortcoming is consistency on meet days.
"The girls have a great work ethic and are willing to work on their individual areas or weaknesses," lauded the coach.
MARCUS - Two War Eagle Conference all-conference players are among four lettermen returning to guide the fortunes of the Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn boys golf team this season.
Coach Joe Mohning greeted first team all-conference pick Zach Specht, and secind teamm all-conference selection Jared Gross back to the 2012 squad, along with lettermen Eli Hohbach, and Andrew Hoefling.
"Our team goal is to make Districts and State," said Mohning.