By Nicole Minier
CHURUBUSCO — Churubusco track coach Zach Dock has his sights set on one major goal for the boys and girls teams, just as he does every year — winning a conference championship.
The teams return several key athletes from last year, including throwers Brayden Simmons (2017 state qualifier) and Garrett Horn, hurdler Mason Anderson, distance runner Sam Kiely, and state-qualifier Sam Wood in pole vault and hurdles on the boys’ team. Heidi Zeigler returns in hurdles, Brien Gross in sprints, Maggie Burrita in distance and Alayna Fulkerson in distance running.
The Eagles’ also have two incoming freshmen who are expected to make an impact: distance runner Eli Lantz for the boys and hurdler Audrey Zeigler for the girls.
Last year’s boys team was undefeated in the regular season and were the Northeast Corner Conference East Champions. The boys team lost 17 seniors to graduation and the girls’ squad lost two.
In order to be competitive this season, the Eagle boys are looking to improve their quarter-milers and distance runners, and the girls need improvements in jumping events.
Dock said the girls’ biggest strength is their work ethic.
“All the girls are very hard worker and spot great attitudes,” Dock said.
The boys have strengths in several events.
“We have top-end throwers (Horn and Simmons). We also sport two good vaulters (Wood and Branden Koolvord). We also have two good hurdlers in Wood and Mason Anderson,” Dock said.
Along with winning the conference, Dock hopes to send athletes to the state finals again this season.