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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Thunderbird thinclads prepare for season

  • Skyline head track coach Summer Younie is blessed with good numbers this spring: 4 seniors, 6 juniors, 10 sophomores and 11 freshman have been working out in preparation for the upcoming season. Younie coaches running and jumping events while assistant Steve Little handles the throws.
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  • Editor’s note: The Tribune relied in part on an article submitted by Skyline senior Patty Ibarra for information in this preview.
    Skyline head track coach Summer Younie is blessed with good numbers this spring: 4 seniors, 6 juniors, 10 sophomores and 11 freshman have been working out in preparation for the upcoming season. Younie coaches running and jumping events while assistant Steve Little handles the throws.
    Weather has not been kind to the Thunderbird thinclads, as most of the pre-Spring Break practices were confined to the gym and the weight room.  Even the first day back from Spring Break, it was still too cold to venture out of doors. By Tuesday, however, T-Birds were able to get outside to work on their events in preparation for their first competition, which is Thursday at Kinsley.
    It is a relatively young squad for Younie this season, in contrast to last year’s senior-dominated team. The girls team will be missing state long jump champion Anna Petrowsky, who also racked up sprinting points; and the boys team will be without state qualifying sprinter/jumper Brandon Broce and reliable throwers Jake Harts and Easton Burgardt—all of whom graduated.
    Even so, Younie has high expectations for both the boys’ and girls’ teams and individuals. She thinks that she will have quite a few going to state if they make improvements as the season goes on.
    Two returners that should have continued success are senior Morgan Flowers and junior Brooke Fisher.  Flowers is a sprinter/jumper who qualified for state last year in the 100m and the triple jump. Distance runner Brook Fisher ran the 3200m at state.
    “I’m really excited for track this year because I think it will be a lot of fun and it will give me a great experience to end my senior year with,” Flowers said. “I hope our 4x100 relay makes it to state because it is my favorite event.” Coach Younie echoed that sentiment, saying she would also like to have a relay qualify for state this season as that was one area in which Skyline did not qualify last year.
    Coaches Younie and Little want their athletes to score points, but they get just as excited when an athlete gets a personal best in the individual events, even if he/she doesn’t place. “Track is a great sport,” Younie said. “Yes, the focus is on winning, but every athlete, good or not so good, can easily measure their success from meet to meet.”
    The Thunderbirds will get to see how they “measure up” Thursday at Kinsley beginning at 3 p.m.

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