If last year’s version of Dallas Center-Grimes girls track and field didn’t fill you to the brim with excitement, the 2018 edition sure looks to clear that hurdle.
With the outdoor season a mere week away, excitement is already at a high level for the Fillies who look to improve upon what was a solid 2017 season which included a second place team regional finish. The Fillies then went on to send nine total athletes to participate in five individual and four relay events at the state track meet.
The Fillies have since followed 2017 season with a solid start to 2018 thanks to what head coach Rich Kloster mentions as a successful indoor season.
“I was pleased with the the results, I thought it was a successful run,” stated Kloster. “Didn’t have everybody there but it did give our younger athletes the chance to show us what they can do.” Kloster added.
The excitement level continues to grow as in his tenth year at the head coaching helm, Kloster will have an even more potent roster consisting of 48 athletes, marking the largest roster ever in Kloster’s tenure. There’s more to the Filly roster than just sheer numbers however yielding a good mix of talent and veteran leadership. From just four seniors a year prior, the 2018 DC-G girls track team wields 11 seniors, ten of which are returning letter winners with five of those ten having the title of returning state qualifier.
Kloster mentioned how nice it is to not only have senior leadership, but to have it in bulk and the positive effects that come with that.
“It’s nice to have more seniors out so that they can take turns being that role model and leader to more of our younger athletes,” said Kloster. “With some of our seniors involved in soccer, having so many seniors allows us to continually have that senior leadership when the dual sport seniors aren’t around,” stated Kloster.
If you need even more reasons to be excited about this years’ Dallas Center-Grimes girls track squad, refer back to that same senior class which will provide more than just talent and leadership but depth as well. In nearly every event Kloster will be sending out at least one senior, most of which have been regular starters. From sprint stars like Abby Ryan and Abby Weddle who’ve made the state meet all four years to distance machines like Lexi Smith and Kaitlyn Murano, the senior class alone adds quite a lot to this Filly roster.
Beyond the likes of a great senior group, what makes Dallas Center-Grimes even more dangerous is how much of that talent and depth is spread out among the other classes as well. Out of the many great youngsters, Kloster mentioned the likes of Natalie Paulson and freshman Emma Angus as just a few of the many underclassmen who will add even more to what looks to be a deep and potentially state meet bound roster.
In total the Dallas Center-Grimes girls’ track team brings back 19 letter winners and all but one athlete from last year’s state track meet.
The Fillies will be off to the races with their outdoor season starting on Thursday, March 29th in the friendly confines of DCG Stadium. The meet will kick off at 4:30 pm and will include a six team field consisting of A-D-M, Bondurant-Farrar, Ballard, Gilbert, Nevada, and Norwalk.