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West Hancock High School girls track team

The 2019 West Hancock High School girls track team. (first row, from left) Mackenzie Wood, Ryleigh Hudspeth, Jade Oberhelman, Jennifer Alonso-Lopez and Anahi Calles. (second row) Marissa Eekhoff, Madison Eisenman, Mahayla Faust, Emily Ryerson, Amanda Chizek and Riley Hiscocks. (third row) Alex Bruns, Rachel Leerar, Shae Smith, Mazie Erdahl, Grace Rosin, Ann Horstman, and Carlee Bruns. (fourth row) Quinn Harle, Makayla Hartman, Scout Johanson, Leah Aitchison, Kennedy Kelly, Paige Kudej and Parker Hiscocks. (fifth row) Phyllis Jordanger, Coach Mark Sanger, Bob Dodge.

BRITT | West Hancock’s girls track team will see a mix of experienced and new competitors this season.

Mark Sanger brings a decade of experience for the Eagles, which finished fifth among Top of Iowa West teams last season, as well as fifth in districts.

They also had a pair of top-20 finishers at state, as they were 20th in the 100-meter hurdles.

Emily Ryerson, now a junior, finished 19th in the shuttle hurdle relay.

Thirteen athletes who lettered return this season, including seniors Jennifer Alonso-Lopez and Jade Oberhelman. Three sophomores and eight juniors round out the group. The remainder of the roster includes eight freshmen and newcomers.

“Our team will be young but talented this year and looking for new leadership,” Sanger said. “We have two seniors that will lead the way with a sizeable junior class that will fill many spots in our lineup. Both the sophomore and freshman class will have some individuals that will see a lot of varsity action right away. We should be a well-balanced team through the field events and running events this year.

“There is talent on our team, we just need to find the best places for girls on the team as a whole. Should be a fun year, and we are excited to get the opportunity to compete.”

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