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Midgets enter girls season with plenty of questions

There are number of question marks as the Dickinson High girls track and field team begins its season.

The reason? The team is extremely young and lacks varsity meet experience.

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The Midgets only have four seniors and seven juniors. The rest of the roster is filled 18 freshmen, six sophomores and three eighth-graders.

“The girls are really, really, really young,” Dickinson co-head coach Jay Schobinger said. “They are very young, especially on the track. There are a lot of unknowns there.”

Nonetheless, Schobinger is excited to find out how the unknown unfolds.

“We definitely have some kids that work extremely hard,” he said. “It’s just a matter of waiting and seeing who develops.”

Though a majority of the team is youthful and inexperienced, the Midgets have a couple state qualifiers returning this season.

Elizabeth Adsero, a senior pole vaulter, finished fourth at last year’s West Region Meet. Her goal this season is to return to the state meet and place. She finished in a tie for 11th last year at a height of 9 feet, 3 inches.

“Last year was OK and all, but I felt I could have done better,” she said. “It was OK for my junior year, but this year I really want to compete well at the state track meet. I want to place in the top five.”

Adsero said it was strange entering the gym knowing this was her last year of high school track and field.

“It kind of put everything into perspective that this is the year I have to get all my work done, if I want to do well at the end of the season,” Adsero said. “It’s the year that you want to make your dreams come true.”

Dickinson sophomore Kelsey Calhoun didn’t disappoint at last year’s West Region Meet. Calhoun placed runner-up with a personal-best throw of 114-8. Calhoun said she gained a wealth of confidence after qualifying for state.

“I just want to improve this year and throw better,” she said. “It helped, making the state meet last year, because I know that I have the potential to throw far.”

Though a majority of Dickinson’s roster is underclassmen, Adsero said the seniors and juniors have helped assist the sophomores, freshmen and eighth-graders.

The Midgets are also returning junior Justice Dolajak, who qualified in multiple events at state last year, sophomore Tanner Stein and freshmen Aspen Galster, Elizabeth Yoder and Heather Hintz.

“We really need a lot of senior leadership out of us, because there is a ton of underclassmen,” Adsero said. “We kind of have to count on them a lot. I expect (the underclassmen) to be there for each other as much as they can. We’ve taught them that no matter how old you are, you can have school pride, school spirit and be respectful to the other teams.”