Track & Field
National Spring Preview Series Admin
Thu, February 15, 2024 at 13:46 PM
As the track and field season gears up, there is excitement and anticipation brewing at Lincoln High School. The Fighting Zebras are looking to continue their legacy of success and cement themselves as a top team in their league. I had the opportunity to speak with Coach Dan Friese about his expectations for the team this year and what fans can expect from the Fighting Zebras. One of the main goals for the team each season is to win a league championship and develop their athletes not only on the track but off of it as well. Coach Friese has set specific targets for his team, looking for 6 individual league champions, and ultimately, moving 12 athletes on to Sections, 4 to Masters, and 1-2 to the State meet. This shows the high expectations and standards that the team sets for themselves. The keys to achieving these goals, according to Coach Friese, are hard work, good health, a positive attitude, and strong mental fortitude. These are all crucial elements in the grueling and often challenging track and field season. Those who can push through and remain focused on the positives will have strong performances throughout the season. The Fighting Zebras have a strong core of returning league champions this year, with the exception of the 400m champion. Mallory Kuehl is back to defend her back-to-back high jump titles, while Maya Hodge, Mateo Biagi, Autumn LaMontagne, and Maya Hodge also return to defend their titles in the triple jump, high jump, 100m hurdles, and 300m hurdles, respectively. Coach Friese emphasizes that what makes these athletes special is their hard work, perfectionist mentality, and commitment to the team and its culture. These athletes personify what it means to be a Fighting Zebras track and field athlete. Coach Friese is also excited about the continued development of several athletes, including Josiah Morales in the 110m hurdles and 300m hurdles. Other athletes to watch for include Daniel Dern in the 400m, Katelyn Lauderdale in the discus and shot put, and Kaylee Jensen in the 800m. Additionally, the team is looking for an influx of eager and hungry freshman athletes to add competition and depth to the team. Leadership is a crucial aspect of any successful team, and the Fighting Zebras have a strong group of captains in place this season. These captains have to understand the team's culture and be selfless individuals.