Waukon girls track team returns more than half its squad with letterwinning experience, including 10 such veterans at the ultimate level of competition

2023 Waukon girls track team ... Left to right - Front row: Olivia Marti, Katerina Kovarik, Jayden Knox, Paige Hansmeier, Maggie Criswell, Kloe Hemmersbach, Avalea Burns; Middle row: Cameron Johnson, Mia Kurth, Mallory Berns, Trudy Baxter, Emma O’Neill, Willa Troendle, Elle Wilkins, Claire Schulte, Peyton Smedsrud; Back row: Breckan Stewart, Olivia Bossom, Kaitlyn Krambeer, Ava Bossom, Taylor Jackson, Reese McCormick, Breelyn Dahlstrom, Danika Reiser. Not pictured: Bailey Sherman, Mari Delaney.

The 2023 Waukon girls track team will benefit from having more than half of this season’s squad of 26 young ladies reporting for early-season duty returning with letterwinning experience. Furthering that benefit is the fact that 10 of this spring’s returning letterwinners bring back with them at least one year of State Meet experience, and in most all of those cases multiple years of competing at that ultimate level of competition.

All five of this year’s senior competitors bring back letterwinning experience, including Maggie Criswell, Paige Hansmeier, Jayden Knox and Katerina Kovarik as two-year State Meet participants and Bailey Sherman competing in that season grand finale last spring. “I look for the seniors to be the leaders on the team,” Waukon girls track coach Bob Wasson said. “All five of the seniors have run at the State Track Meet, so they know the work that needs to be done to reach that goal.”

The Lady Indians were scheduled to get their team competition season underway Tuesday, March 21 at the Northeast Iowa Conference Indoor Meet at Luther College in Decorah. The Waukon girls will then begin their outdoor schedule at the Sumner-Fredericksburg Invitational Tuesday, March 28.

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