WAYNE – With the Wayne High girls and boys track & field team enjoying their early spring outdoor practices, meet season is right around the corner with an outdoor meet at Wayne State College opening their schedule this weekend.
This year’s Blue Devil track & field program is made up from about 50 individuals.
Coach Dale Hochstein first coached the girls program in 1988 and has been a part of the girls program as a head coach for 34 years. When past head boys coach Rocky Ruhl switched positions in 2000, coach Hochstein took over both programs and has overseen both teams for the past 22 years.
The team is broken down into about 30 girls and 20 boys.
“About half of the girls are new and same thing on the guys side,” said coach Hochstein. “As far as freshmen and our other kids coming back out that maybe haven’t been out in the past.”
Coach Hochstein will lead the horizontal jumps as Christa Dutcher (distance), Mike Jaixen (high jump/relays), Brenden Dorcey (throws), Terry Beair (vault), Jacob Daum (hurdles), Mandy Stabler (volunteer coach) and Kiara Hochstein (volunteer coach) will be a part of the program while everyone assists with sprints.
The Wayne High girls 4×800-meter relay qualified for state last year which included then underclassmen Kiara Krusemark, Laura Hasemann, Kierah Haase and Faith Powicki.
“We’ve got a nice core of freshmen coming in,” coach Hochstein added. “We’ve got Brooklyn (Kruse) and a lot of good throwers. Her not making it to state because of an injury right before that, so she’s coming back looking for a good spring.”
For the Wayne High boys, Jesus Zavala qualified in the 1600-meter run and 3200-meter run while two legs of the eighth place 4×400-meter relay team (3:30.96) of Alex Phelps and Sedjro Agoumba are back.
Coach Hochstein mentioned they’ll be looking to find some more individuals on the boys team to fill in and add to the qualifying list.
“Daniel Judd came along really well in the throws and so forth,” coach Hochstein mentioned. “We got some vaulters like Eli Barner, Brogan Foote came out this year and he was a good junior high vaulter and so forth. So, that should help us out in those particular areas.”
The first day of NSAA spring practices began on Monday, February 28.
The team has been completing their interval workouts in preparation for their first meet which was moved to an outdoor meet at Wayne State College. A total of six teams will compete in the Invite with field events starting at 11 a.m. followed by running events beginning at 1 p.m. with a rolling schedule. Joining Wayne will be Boone Central, Columbus Scotus, Osmond, Summerland and Tekamah-Herman on Saturday, March 19 from WSC Memorial Stadium.
2022 Wayne State College High School Invitational
In the month of April, Wayne High will be hosting two meets on April 5 (Aurora, Boone Central, Columbus Lakeview, Pierce, Columbus Scotus and Wakefield) and April 12 (Archbishop Bergan Catholic, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge, Lutheran High Northeast, Stanton
Winside and Wisner-Pilger) from Kern Track & Field.
If you are interested in helping assist with the home meets, reach out to coach Hochstein or the school at 402-375-3150.
A goal from the coaching staff is to get as many kids to state as they can and have a good experience at Burke.
“As the season goes along, putting the pieces together is a little different in track than sometimes some of the other sports,” said coach Hochstein. “We’ve been fortunate to get a bunch of kids down there (State Meet) and come back with some medals every year and that’s kind of our overall goal.”
The Blue Devil girls and boys track and field team will participate in 10 regular season meets, Battle Creek will host the Mid State Conference meet on April 30 and Wayne will participate in the B-4 District hosted by Columbus Scotus from Pawnee Park in Columbus on May 10.
The 2022 NSAA Girls and Boys State Track & Field Championships will be Wednesday, May 18 – Saturday, May 21. Classes A/B competition will be in action on Wednesday, May 18 – Thursday, May 19 while Classes C/D will be on Friday, May 20 – Saturday, May 21 from Burke Stadium in Omaha.