Jenna Short, Hayden Simons and Abby Belschner are all expected to be among the key contributors to the Cedarburg girls track and field team.
Short, a sophomore, qualified for the WIAA state meet last season in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs and Simons, a junior, went to state in the triple jump. Belschner, a sophomore, was cited by coach Paul Smith as being one of the athletes who will step into larger roles this season.
All three earned third place finishes at the Oshkosh Large School Invitational on March 27 at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Short was third in the 1,600 with 5 minutes, 30.82 seconds, Belschner in the high jump with 5 feet, 2 inches, and Simons in the triple jump at 34-9.
They helped lead the Bulldogs to a strong eighth-place showing with 27 points in the 25-team meet.
Smith is optimistic about the coming season.
"We return a ton of talent across the board from last year's group," he said. "They are focused and have their sights set on accomplishing things that have never happened in our program's history. We have the right mix of talent and depth, and are set up to have a pretty exciting season.
"We will be led by our talented group of captains. Senior Megan Asplin is a natural leader, junior Abbey Kuborn and sophomore Mia Ketelhohn both lead by example and will be huge for us. Key newcomers are sophomore Morgan Harrison, junior Kira Lynch and Abby, along with freshmen Cassidy Darling and Olivia Greymont."
At Oskhosh, Kuborn came in fifth in the 1,600 run (5:35.85), Simons sixth in the long jump (15-11¼) and Ketelhohn seventh in the shot put (33-11).
The 4x400 relay finished 10th (4:24.72) and the 4x200 team 11th (1:57.48).
Lynch placed 12th in the long jump (15-5¼) and 16th places went to Graymont in the 800 run (2:37.44) and senior Brittney Deboer in the triple jump (31-1).