FOREST CITY — Coming off an ankle injury at the end of the indoor season, Waldorf University long jumper Abbey Buehler is looking to reach or beat her personal best this weekend at the Warrior Invitational Track Meet.
Buehler, who made all North Star Conference in the long and triple jumps, was injured at the final indoor meet of the season. Her spring has been filled with recovering and strengthening the ankle.
“I haven’t quite reach my PR (personal record) yet this season, I’ve been close and I’m confident I’ll get it,” she said. “I’ve just started jumping again and I’m improving.”
Buehler, a senior, is also involved in sprints and a couple of relays for the Warriors.
Peyton Russell is a new member of the Warrior team. She throws javelin and the hammer.
A sophomore transfer from Southwestern Community College, she captured first place in the collegiate division of the javelin as she turned in a mark of 36.92 meters (121 feet, 2 inches) to set a new school record on April 9 at the Norse Relays at Decorah.
It has been a good outdoor season for Russell. The sophomore from Bedford opened the year taking fourth in the javelin at 30.41 meters (99 feet, 9 inches) during the Grand View Invitational on March 25 at Des Moines. She continued her success in the event with a sixth-place finish, recording a distance of 34.08 meters (111 feet, 10 inches) in the Washington University Invitational on April 1-2 at St. Louis.
Russell did not have a specific throwing coach at Southwestern. Riggins said she has been working with coach Ashley Conway and the results have been noticeable improvements.
“I’ve been working with the full approach technique,” she said. “I had never done that before and I’m starting to get it. I’ve improved each meet.”
Waldorf track coach Kelsey Riggins said the two athletes are good team leaders.
“As a senior, Abbey has been involved with the team and is very encouraging to the other members.”
Riggins called Russell a good addition to the team. “Usually during meets, she gets around to the different events, asks good questions and supports team members.”
Comparing this year’s team, which is larger and more experienced than last year, Buehler said, “The bus is a lot fuller this year. Last year we had three girls, this year we have 9 or 10 girls and we actually have a team impact. We have more of a team atmosphere. And this year’s men’s team is a lot bigger.”