Returning talent gives Bonduel high hopes

Menominee Indian built for success

By Morgan Rode

Contributed photo Menominee Indian’s Guadalupe Cruz will be the girls top thrower this spring.

With a blend of experienced upperclassmen and fresh new faces, the Bonduel High School track and field team is eager to get the spring season started.

The boys will be anchored by seniors Colin Ewing, Isaac Garside, Canaan Szoszorek and Jared Wondra, while senior Jessie LaBerge will help guide the girls.

Szoszorek is the boys top thrower. He made it to sectionals in both the shot put and discus last year and has even bigger goals this spring.

“I think one of my main goals this year is to make it to state. It’s setting the bar high, but it’s also my last chance at making it there,” said Szoszorek, who also mentioned he needs to get his sprained ankle from basketball season back to full strength. “Lastly, I set a goal this year to break the school records. I want to set my own legacy before it’s over.”

LaBerge was a sectional qualifier in the 300-meter hurdles last year. She came up just short of qualifying for state, which is a goal of hers this season.

She will also try and help the team achieve a goal set out by coach James Westrich — having the team post its best marks in the final weeks of the season.

“In order for the team to perform its best for conference and tournament season, we have to focus on getting in the weight room and doing all of our workouts correctly,” LaBerge said. “Along with that, we need to make sure that we’re training hard every practice and taking it seriously so when conference comes we are in shape and ready.”

Bonduel had its 4x400 boys relay team make it to state last year. Of the four runners that represented that team, sophomore Isaac Banker and Wondra are both back. Wondra will also compete in the 400, 800 and 1,600.

Ewing will serve as a distance runner for the boys, competing in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200. Garside will take part in the 200 and 400.

The girls 4x800 relay made it to sectionals last year and returns sophomores Kara Troxel, Madison Kurey, and Breanna Schnell.

Troxel also made it to sectionals in the 1,600. She will likely compete in the 800 and long jump this spring, too.

Schnell and Kurey will each run the 800. Schnell will also compete in the 300 hurdles, while Kurey takes part in triple jump.

Coach Westrich also sees some of the team’s younger athletes making impacts.

“We have a lot of young athletes that have the potential to help us out this season,” he said. “It will be exciting to see which students step up.”

Bonduel was placed in the Division 2 Oconto Falls Regional (May 20), with qualifiers advancing to the Freedom Sectional (May 23).

Menominee Indian

Like Bonduel, Menominee Indian will also compete in the Central Wisconsin Conference-Large Division this spring.

Coach Corey Webster has high expectations for the team.

“The Eagles have a very experienced team of throwers, while the runners are very young,” he said. “We are built to not only compete now in throwing but in the years to come as an all-around team. We believe that this group of athletes will compete for team titles every meet this season. Our throwers will help lead the team, while our young runners will surprise people this season.”

Leading the team’s throwers on the boys side is junior Pasen Waupoose and senior Darius Wayka. Waupoose qualified for sectionals in both events last spring, while Wayka advanced in the shot put.

After making it to sectionals last year, sophomore Guadalupe Cruz is the top girls thrower.

Senior Channing O’Kimosh and sophomore Mimi Beaulieu-Morgan will each be members on relay teams, while also competing in the 100 and 200.

Senior Jonathan Rojas will compete in sprints and relays for the boys.

Menominee Indian will take part in the Division 3 Oconto Regional (May 20), with qualifiers advancing to the Marathon Sectional (May 23).

Veterans Memorial Stadium in La Crosse will be the site for the 2019 State Track & Field Championships on May 31 and June 1.