Mar 21, 2013 - By Randy Tucker, Staff WriterThe oval at Leroy Sinner Field is full this spring, with 41 boys and girls out for Wind River High School track.Â Cougar head coach Dirk Gosnell has 24 boys and 17 girls on the roster this spring.
The Wind River boys will vie for the title in many meets this season, and if everything falls right with no injuries and steady improvement, the Cougars will be a contender for another state title in May.
The boys picked up a nice surprise when standout Dubois trickster Jesse Hawk transferred to Wind River in the middle of the year. Hawk is fast and a talented hurdler with enough speed in both events to win or finish near the top.Â Add the odd combination of being possibly Class 2-A's best pole vaulter in a school that doesn't even have a pole vault facility, and you have an interesting mix.
"Jesse won't get to practice the vault much," Gosnell said, "He'll have to do it at meets."
Wind River returns a solid group from last year, led by junior sprinter Tyler Rupe in the 100, 200 and 400.Â Dylan Lookingbill qualified in the hurdles, and Shep Campbell will contend in the high jump.
The Cougar throwing crew of Joe Lupher, Tim Dwyer and Kaden Koenig should contend in the shot, with Lupher a force in the discus,
Cole Bossert is recovered from an earlier season injury and will compete in the sprints. Freshman Caleb C'Bearing may surprise many middle-distance runners in the 800 and possibly the 1600.
The girls are young this season but will be competitive in the field events and should develop on the track as the season proceeds.
Michaun Yellowplume qualified last year in the shot and discus and could have a breakout year.Â Megan Longtine also throws.
Danielle Giles is a versatile athlete in the long and triple jumps and qualified in the 800 in 2012.Â Cora Johnson should compete well in the horizontal jumps as well.
Gosnell is assisted by Justin Walker and Jennifer Campbell.
The Cougars travel to Greybull on Saturday for their opening meet of the season and host their own Wind River Invitational next Thursday at Pavillion.
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