"We lost 12 seniors last season, they were very talented and earned 30 track and field letters over their careers. Despite decent numbers, we are somewhat inexperienced in several events. We will need varsity level guys ready to fill out a relay, or become that 2nd varsity field event athlete," shared head coach Joel Rollinger.
This is Coach Rollinger's 34th year of coaching track and field for Decorah, 20th year as head coach. Coach Bill Post has coached 39 years and coach Dale Wilharm has coached 38 years. Jeff Wettach (former track coach at Luther College) is volunteering this year with the boys and girls teams.
Last year the Vikings were NEIC Champions, tied for 2nd place in the State Qualifier and placed 15th at state in Class 3A.
"The coaching staff and athletes are excited to kick off the 2019 track and field season. We hope the snow and cold will only occupy the early season, leaving April and May as outstanding months for outdoor competition. As always, we need to stay healthy during the stretch run, develop younger athletes, and find guys ready to grab their opportunity to compete at a high level," said Rollinger.
"We return 16 letter winners and have 53 athletes for the 2019 season. 12 of our returning athletes have been point producers at the conference or qualifying meets, and six have state meet experience. Hopefully, team depth will be a strength in 2019. I really like our team chemistry and attitudes towards improvement during the early season practices. We have 14 freshman that will be looking forward to their first taste of high school track and field. 24 other seniors--sophomores will be working hard to crack the varsity line-up in 2019," said Rollinger.
"The league will be very balanced this season. It will be a fun meet in Cresco May 2nd to determine the boys champion. Any one of 3-4 teams providing they stay healthy could win the NEIC," shared coach Rollinger.
"Our goal has always been to compete for the conference championship. Many people will count us out this season because of production lost to graduation. We'll show up in May and be ready to compete!" said Rollinger.
On Saturday at 11:00 a.m. the team will be competing at the Luther College indoor meet.