East Butler has 40 athletes out for track and field this spring, 18 boys and 22 girls. The girls team is led by Amanda Aerts, who won gold in the 1600 meters and was third in the 3200 last spring at state.
Olivia Bohac, Sophia Bergman and Amanda were also part of the 3200 relay that earned a trip to Omaha as well. Distance events and relays again look to be our strength this year.
Whitney Spatz was a strong 1600 and 3200 runner last year, and we have some good cross country runners that should develop as the year goes on.
Erin Barta and Vittoria Ruffa look to be our best throwers at this point, and Allie Rigatuso looks like she will be our best jumper. Amanda Aerts is recovering from an injury, but hopefully by the end of April, our team is back at full strength.
Our boys team will be led by Matthew Janak, who placed in the 100 and 200 at state last year. Cristian Hofpar ran the 3200 at state and looks to head a strong distance group with Cody Heise.
Nolan Makovicka is recovering from a basketball injury to his throwing hand, but should be back to form by the middle of April. Jaden Rhynalds will lead our jumpers, and there are some promising freshmen that should add depth to our relays. We need to develop some field event points to be a well-rounded track team.
The kid's have a great work ethic, and a good attitude despite the cold snowy workouts that have plagued the first part of the season. Our goal as always is improvement, and our positive senior leadership will make this a successful season.