While Boyceville's girls' track and field team lost the bulk of its points with the graduation of four-year state qualifier Miranda Retz last year, the Bulldogs may just fare better this season with the experienced trio of Katelyn Merten, Alex Wold and Karina Fuerstenberg leading the newcoming talent of sprinter Hope Chovan and middle distance runner Michaela Kegen.
"We are a well rounded, experienced team with a talented group of underclassmen contributing to our depth," said 15th-year head coach Joan Klassen, who led BHS to Dunn-St. Croix Conference titles in 2004, 2005 and 2006.
Merten shows her experience in the jumps while Wold contributes in the hurdles, jumps and vault. Fuerstenberg will lead the BHS throwers.
The late season warmup has thrown a wrench into the ordinary training practices, so Coach Klassen said creative training will be key to the Bulldogs' success. After finishing eighth in the conference last season, Boyceville has a lofty goal of moving up into the top three this season through the use of its depth.
Klassen picks Elk Mound, Spring Valley, Elmwood and St. Croix Central as the teams to beat in the DSC this season. Coach Klassen is assisted by Sherrie Lynch and Jake Dotseth.