Big numbers will help Brady track team
When Brady’s track coach ordered new uniforms and sweats for his team members over the summer, he based the number he purchased on last year’s highest ever number of participants.
And then he put in a rush order for a few more as the 2011 season kicked off with 46 Eagle boys and girls.
Britten said the Eagles will see various benefits from the big numbers. Not only do more kids force better competition for meet entries but it also means a full slate with more opportunities to score team points.
“We can fill events,” Britten said. “That gives us more chances to score.”
He used the North Platte St. Pat’s Invite at Hershey this weekend as an example. When filling out the entries for that meet, every event had at least one and most often the maximum three Eagle entrants.
“I feel like we should be able to be competitive with anyone,” he said.
Among the Eagle boys, Britten expects the jumps to be the strong point for Brady. Seniors Kyle Pohlman and Brad Ward are each two-time state qualifiers—Pohlman in the long jump and triple jump with Ward in the triple jump and high jump.
More strength will come in the distance races with returning state qualifier Dalton Riedel.
For the girls, there were no graduating seniors last year so everyone is back from the district runner-up team with three individual state qualifiers and a relay.
“We’ve got strong kids across the running events,” Britten said.
Sprinter Megan Polt and middle distance runner Courtney Widick both qualified for state last spring. Molly Hannon was on the edge of making it as an extra qualifier in the distances.
Add to them returning qualifier Taina Taullie in the pole vault and some young jumpers with potential and Britten thinks the girls will be competitive also.
Because the Mullen Broncos also have quality numbers this season, Britten said they will provide the biggest challenge in the Sandhills Conference. The D-10 district includes all of the SHC teams with the addition of Paxton and Wallace.
“I feel like we’re in a good position with both the girls and the boys,” he said. “It should be a good season.”
The Eagles compete at Hershey beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at the St. Pat’s Invite and then a limited number will be in Cozad for a triangular with the Haymakers and Gothenburg on Tuesday.
Members of the 2011 Brady Eagle track and field team are (*denotes letter winner):
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