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Young BHV track team looks to sprint past competition

Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale's Lindsey Ervasti paces herself during an early season track workout.1 / 2
Amos Schmidt hands the baton off to Josh Farber during a Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale practice session.2 / 2

Dale Finck has proven talent in the hurdles, sprints and weights as the 2009 track and field season gets underway for Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale.

Sophomore Hannah Barrett is a solid hurdler for the Raiders and Finck will be counting on her for more consistency and scoring.

Returning sophomore letterwinners Morgan Kapphahn and Rose Shaw will spearhead BHV's sprinters. Kapphahn and Shaw will also see plenty of action in the sprint relays.

Senior Janessa Weaver is BHV's top athlete in the weights.

Despite having freshman Kathryn VanDenheuvel back to run the distance events, Finck believes the Raiders will have a challenging time putting together enough distance people for the 3,200 relay. The club has a mixture of runners will little experience so Finck is still in the dark about what he can expect from them.

Rounding out this year's team will be senior Nikki Forcia; juniors Kendra Stokes, Sammie Ruter and Alida Moenkedick; sophomores Anna Anderson, Chaitra Collison and Lydia Alexander; freshmen Brittany Block, Brittany Schmitz, Cecilia Wood, Hareigh Davidson and Brenna McKnight; eighth-graders Alexsis Copa, Jenny Kern and Heather Lipinski and seventh-graders Josie Schmitz, Kasey Willis, Lindsey Ervasti and Miranda Miller.