Wakefield Track & Field Season Opens Tuesday

WAKEFIELD – Ahead of a six-meet month in April, the Wakefield track & field team has been working towards their season opening event this week.

NSAA spring sports practices first began on March 1 as the Trojans are gearing up for the Stanton Invite on Tuesday, March 30.

Coach Mike Hassler is in his 14th year as the head track & field coach in Wakefield. Coach Hassler said the group has been trying to figure out what they have.

“Especially having lost the track season last year,” said Hassler. “We’ve got two years of first year kids. So, we’ve got a lot of unknowns right now. We’re just trying to get out on the track and figure out where everybody fits and just try to get ourselves in position to be ready for our first meet.”

Assistant coaches include Austin Galles (sprints/jumps), Iris Borg (distance), Timarie Hansen (hurdles) and MJ Blankenfeld (throws). The Trojan track and field team consists of 22 girls and around 32 boys.

Last spring, the coaching staff sent workouts home and were in contact through email and phone. But when the season was officially canceled in 2020, they gave the kids the spring off.

“Kids these days are so busy and have such a load,” Hassler added. “The way it is we just kind of let them go. Then we were fortunate enough to be able to get back in the weight room in the summer so we just kind of picked up there. That’s kind of how we handled last season.”

Tuesday’s field events will begin at 12:30 p.m. with running events to follow at 2:30 p.m. in Stanton. Participating teams joining the host Stanton include BRLD, Clarkson/Leigh, Humphrey St. Francis, North Bend Central, Pender, Pierce, Wakefield, West Holt and Winside.

April invitational hosts will be Wayne, BRLD, Wisner-Pilger twice, Pierce and Norfolk. The Lewis & Clark Conference meet will be on Saturday, May 1 held in Winnebago while the Wakefield track & field team will compete in the C-4 District meet on Thursday, May 13 in Ponca.

Coach Hassler mentioned he’s really excited to see the boys team compete and the girls team will be young.

“The boys team is going to be pretty competitive from top to bottom,” Hassler mentioned. “I know we’re really heavy in freshmen and sophomores so we’re going to see a lot of girls running their first high school track meet.”

The Class C State Track & Field Championships will join Class B on Friday and Saturday, May 21-22 while Classes A/D will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, May 19-20 from Burke Stadium in Omaha.