Kee girls track team looks to build on last season’s team State title, returns 15 letterwinners including three from championship relays

2020 Kee girls track team ... Left to right - Front row: Reagan Mudderman, Rachel Walleser, Jaylyn Walleser, Brooklyn Bakewell, Phoenix Crass; Middle row: Jenessa Stussy, Jersey Mathison, Haley Meyer, Elena Rolfs, Abby Wood, Neva Peterson; Back row: Alaina Bakewell, Alison Wagner, Alexis Johnson, Macy Manning, Makayla Peters, Jada Mitchell, Monica Davis. Not pictured: Kristina Dibert, Jenna Rethwisch, Mado Shako, Laurel Scott, McKinley Sisson. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook.

Coming off an historic season that saw the Kee girls track and field team share its first-ever team State Championship, the Lady Hawks are looking to continue to build on their recent string of history-making feats during their 2020 campaign. A total of 15 returning letterwinners from last season’s squad will certainly provide a solid foundation upon which to try and continue to further build that track and field momentum, including some returning pieces of last season’s State Championship puzzle that will headline this season’s group of 23 freshman through senior competitors.

Those 15 returning veterans offer a perfect balance of competitors in each of this season’s top three grade levels with five each in the sophomore through senior classes. Led by a senior group of Kristie Dibert, Makayla Peters, Jenna Rethwisch, Elena Rolfs and Rachel Walleser, the Lady Hawks will further benefit from the veteran experience of juniors Alexis Johnson, Macy Manning, Jada Mitchell, Mado Shako and Jenessa Stussy, as well as the sophomore quintet of Haley Meyer, Reagan Mudderman, Laurel Scott, McKinley Sisson and Abby Wood.

The Lady Hawks were scheduled to get their 2020 season underway at an indoor invitational at Wartburg College in Waverly Tuesday, March 17 and the Upper Iowa Conference Indoor Invitational at Luther College in Decorah Friday, March 27, but both of those meets have been canceled due to concerns and precautions regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. Kee’s first outdoor meet was scheduled for Thursday, April 2 at the West Delaware Invitational in Manchester but has also fallen victim to the pandemic.

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