AHSTW Boys Track & Field Profile

2020 Spring Sports - What Might Have Been

2020 Roster
 Seniors: Joey Cunningham (S), Gavyn Fischer (T), Michael Shiffer (S).
 Juniors: David Johnson (S/H/J).
 Sophomores: Jack Burns (S), JJ Madsen (S/J), Quintin Nissen (T), Nathan Mastin (T), Gavin Weber (T).
 Freshmen: Hayden Ayers (T), Adam Barta (T), Joey Brenneis (S/MD), Jacob Coon (S/MD), Ethen Gubbels (T), Jaicob Madsen (T), Aidan Martin (S/H), Bryce Mourick (D/MD), Cole Scheffler (S/J), Kaedan Schmitz (S/MD), Kyle Sternberg (S/MD/J), Titan Trail (D/MD), Ryan Wedemeyer (S/MD).
S - sprints; MD - mid-distance; D - distance; H - hurdles; T - throws; J - jumps.

Returning Western Iowa Conference Medalists
TEAM PLACED 7TH (47 POINTS)
 200 Dash - 7th: JJ Madsen, 24.93.
 4x100 Relay - 1st: AHSTW, 46.47 (Joey Cunningham, Madsen).
 4x200 Relay - 1st: AHSTW, 1:35.0 (Cunningham, Madsen).
Returning State Meet Qualifiers
TEAM PLACED 12TH IN CLASS 1A (20 POINTS)
 4x200 Relay - DQ: AHSTW (Joey Cunningham, JJ Madsen).
 4x100 Relay - 13th: AHSTW, 44.89 (Cunningham, Madsen).

Comments from Head Coach Jackson Renberg
 “This team was young, but it had three seniors that showed great leadership and had a lot of experience. The season was still pretty young and we were still looking at how things were going to play out in our relays and field events, but there was a lot to look forward to and a lot of good competition as well. The seniors - Michael Shiffer, Joey Cunningham and Gavyn Fischer - were all great vocal leaders and leaders by doing. I felt very strongly that those three were progressing along and had a good shot at doing some really great things. Shiffer was a transfer from Papillion-La Vista and was going to give us a boost in the sprints. Michael was working hard and determined to make it to state this year and he was going to be a key in our sprint relays as well. Cunningham was a key part of our success the past two seasons and was ready to finish out his senior year strong. I was looking forward to seeing what Joey was going to be able to do in the 100 and 200-meter dash. Fischer was not out for track last year because of injuries, but he looked very strong in the discus specifically. Things started to click for him with his form and footwork. I was really looking forward to seeing what he could do with the discus.
 “The team following the seniors was young, but did have some good experience from the previous year. JJ Madsen ran at state in two relay events last year and we were trying him out at the high jump this season as well. I thought he was making some good strides in both areas and I was curious to see what his sophomore year had in store. Jack Burns was another sophomore that had a good finish to his freshman season. Jack had a lot of potential this season as a 400 runner and was starting to look better in his form and getting in better shape.
 “The freshmen class gave us a lot of depth this year and they were going to allow us to possibly get points in areas at meets we recently have not been able to because of low numbers. However, the class did not just give us numbers, but they had a lot of potential as well. I was looking forward to seeing specifically which freshmen were going to fill themselves into some of the key relays for our team. Some of those athletes that were competing were Kyle Sternberg, Cole Sheffler and Aidan Martin. Kyle was going to high jump and run some 800s for us, but he also was getting faster and could have been a key part in some of our relays. Similar to Kyle, Cole was a versatile runner that was going to be able to help us out in some field events and some relays. Aidan was looking fast before we were forced to stop practice. Aidan was working on the hurdles and that was really helping his running form as well.
 “Some other freshmen runners that were going to help out in various areas were Jacob Coon, Ryan Wedemeyer and Kaedan Schmitz. Those three athletes were working hard and I was seeing a lot of growth during the first month of practice. They were definitely going to help us out in some relays, possibly the sprint medley and distance medley. In the long-distance area, Bryce Mourick was working on his pace, gradually looking stronger every day. I felt like Bryce was going to have a good first season as well. For throwers this year we had several sophomores and freshmen that were progressing. Jaicob Madsen was working hard in the weight room and on his form. I felt like he was going to help us out in some meets and has a lot of potential for the future.”

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