Track team’s enthusiasm makes up for weather’s lackluster conditions

 By Kay Braddock

        Spring conditions may not have completely sprung, but Terry High School’s track and field season has and according to head coach Leann Lantis this year’s team will be an exciting one to watch.

“It’s a strong group,” Lantis said of the 18 competitors who make up this year’s high school team. 
The group, which lost key players like last year’s senior Mike Poucher who ended as the Class C state champion in the javelin competition with a 166’9” throw, consists of 10 freshmen, one sophomore, five juniors and two seniors.
Lantis, who has headed up the sport for the past six years, is already beginning to anticipate team points that will likely be garnered by strong showings in the individual competitions, like javelin, shot put and discus.
Senior Taylor Pisk suffered a shoulder injury last year, requiring him to sit out most of the season, but he’s “back strong this year,” Lantis said, noting Pisk’s strengths to the team will be in field competitions.
Other strong contenders in field events will be junior Jerett Freiboth and sophomore Weston Luedtke.
Senior Tanner Stickel will likely continue to excel in hurdles, the 400m relay and triple, high and long jump events.
“It’s just good to have an athlete that is strong in all five events,” Lantis said of Stickel, pointing to the points garnered for the entire team.
With only two practices under their belt, both held indoors due to outside weather conditions, Lantis is enthused by the determination demonstrated.
“It’s already making it an exciting year to see them work this hard,” Lantis said, adding efforts in last sets of drills are as strong as those of the first set.
Preseason conditioning includes focusing on four core areas, according to Lantis, which are lower body, hip flexors, abdomen and upper body. Drills have included circuit training in the gym and medicine ball exercises – all focused on building the four core areas.
The team breaks up into three groups of six to work-out in 20 minute intervals using a variety of exercises, Lantis said. Assistant coach Casey Klasna is on hand during practices, along with others who are assisting in specific events including Gordie Stickel and Greg Poucher.
The Terry team will have two weeks of practices before heading to their first meet hosted by Wibaux, held in Glendive on Thursday, April 1.
Other meets will include the Glendive Elks Meet, Miles City Invite, a meet in Beach N.D. and a Sidney meet, which is new for the Terry team.
The state track meet will be May 28-29 held in Great Falls.
Published March 17, 2010

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