With three lettermen back who competed in the WIAA Division 1 state meet last spring and another group who did well at other points in 2016, Arrowhead's boys track team should once again hold its own in the highly competitive Classic 8 Conference.
The state qualifiers back for the Warhawks are Dylan Richman, Cole Sandvold and David Widenski. Richman took part in the discus, Sandvold competed in the 1,600-meter run and the 4x800 relay, and David Widenski ran on the 4x400 and 4x800 relays.
At the conference meet last year, Sandvold won the 1,600 as the Warhawks finished second in the team scoring, while Mukwonago won the championship. Steven Gardner finished second in the pole vault, and David Widenski was second in the 1,600.
"We have some holes to fill from last year but hope to challenge for the top spot at the conference meet," said veteran AHS coach Chris Herriot. "Our conference has always been a great track conference and has been getting better every year."
AHS should be solid in the sprints with a talented relay pool that includes juniors Zach Hastings, Robert Tetzlaff, Tyler Zimmerman and Matt Prendergast and senior Bronson Esteves.
Gardner returns in the pole vault as the defending indoor champion, and senior Nate Schultz will be strong in the shot put.
Junior Jake Biewer will return in the hurdles and jumps after missing most of last year to injury.
Arrowhead has just over 100 kids out for track this year, including a large group of freshmen and sophomores.
"Mukwonago is always tough in the conference and will again be this year," Herriot said. "Kettle Moraine is coming off a second place finish at state, and Catholic Memorial has a tremendous tie in with their state football championship, so I expect them to make some waves. Waukesha North is the top up and comer in the conference. Coach Harris is working on both the football and track staffs, and they seem to be growing in numbers and talent each year."