Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Young Pioneers in the Running

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Young Pioneers in the Running

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The Duchesne High track and field program has suffered an epidemic of senioritis.

The Pioneers have just one senior - sprinter Eric Stevens.

"I don't know what it is about this sport, but the kids just don't want to stick it out," Duchesne coach Stan Westhoff said. "Unless you're somebody who has a chance to do something at state, I guess nobody wants to sweat and work to be a track athlete. But that's all right; the kids we have are the kids who want to be here. "We're young, but we're talented. And we're looking forward to a better season." The Duchesne program received a boost with the return of junior distance runner Kristen Bruening, who was sidelined in cross country due to asthma-related health problems. "Having Kristen on the team is an inspiration to everyone," Westhoff said of Bruening, who won state titles in the 1,600 and 3,200 as a freshman and won the state cross country title as a sophomore. The Lady Pioneers also won the team cross country title that season. "We'd like Kristen to take it easy, but she always seems to go hard. She's such a great competitor, even in practice." Freshman Jenny Noelken gives the Lady Pioneers another solid threat in the distance events. Juniors Abby Hollander, Francie Linsenmeyer and Tina Thomure are leaders in the sprints and relays while sophomore Gena Lange will compete in the long jump and shorter sprints. In the shot put and discus, the Lady Pioneers look to juniors Sarah Reschke and Erica Oetker and sophomore Katie Hollenberg. Hollenberg could also run the 400. "Those are some of our key returnees, but we also have a good crew of sophomores and freshmen in the program," Westhoff said. "We have a bunch of young kids who are working hard and improving all the time." Stevens, who runs sprints and competes in the long jump, is one of several top speedsters on the Duchesne boys roster. Others include sophomore Kevin O'Sadnick and juniors Chris Pierson, Todd Covilli and Dan Widaman. "These guys all have talent and they're all going to help us," Westhoff said. "I've really been encouraged with the progess the boys have made since last year and I think we can be a competitive team. …

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