Mar 26, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorSHOSHONI -- First-year track and field head coach Brady Slack wants to keep the Shoshoni Wrangler boys and girls teams competitive in the Class 2-A division.
A year ago, the Shoshoni girls won the annual Roy Peck Invitational for a season highlight.
The SHS boys finished second in the field behind Wind River.
"In the past they have had a lot of luck," Slack said.
"I'm excited to be part of it as a new track coach. It's always fun to come in to what is established. It should be fun to try to keep moving forward with that."
The Wranglers are scheduled to open the season Friday at the Big Piney Invitational.
The SHS girls have 12 athletes working out for the track season.
"Our girls have been in the program for a lot of years," Slack said. "We have some great jumpers and long distance runners. We have a young sprinting crew."
Olivia Thompson will be one of the captains for the Wranglers.
"She has been at the top her whole career," Slack said.
Thompson should start off in the middle distance and distance events.
Raine Pingetzer had a solid performance last year as a freshman in the jumping events.
"We are excited to see her jump this year," Slack said.
Pingetzer will be in the high jump, triple jump and long jump.
"She is strong in all of them," Slack said.
In the sprints, the SHS girls have Katelyn Jennings and Taylor Vassalluzzo
"Taylor posted some times last year in middle school that were pre-qualified times in high school in the 100 meters," Slack said.
Slack said the 4x100-meter relay will be made up of Jennings, Thompson, Kourtney Tarango and Vassalluzzo.
"We are short on numbers a little bit, so the relays are going to be interesting," Slack said.
The 4x400-meter relay could have Tasha Maddock, Traungo, Jennings and Thompson in the lineup.
Shayde LeClair and Zareesha Mills should help out scoring points in the shot put and discus events.
Nathaniel Lutz, Walker Reynolds and Patrick Forester are top candidates in the boys shot put and discus.
"We should be pretty strong in the throws," Slack said.
Mason Steffen and Josh Oaks are posting quick times in the sprints.
Tristan Parrish is off and running in the 400 meters.
"I think that he will be competing for a state title at the end of the year," Slack said.
Parrish also has been practicing the high jump.
"He is a heck of an athlete," Slack said.
Zach Pickinpaugh will run the hurdles.
"He did post good times in middle school," Slack said.
Oaks, Steffen, Anthony Cousineau are going to be in the 4x100-meter relay, with the fourth slot up for grabs.
"Anthony is looking real good for a freshman," Slack said.
Patrick Cornell and J.D. Gaeger are going to be in the middle distances.
"They are both young, but I think we will have some improvement with them," Slack said.
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