Girls track qualifies for state at sectionals


Meghan Smith tackled by team after she clears qualifying height for pole vault

Emily Torok and Alyssa Degan

The Knights Prospect girls track and field team qualified for the Class 3A girls track and field state finals on May 10. The Knights impressively accomplished getting 14 of 18 events they competed in an invitation to state. Their coach, Pete Wintermute, is extremely proud of the team. 


“I mean this group is incredibly talented,” Wintermute said. “They showed up at sectionals and qualified a lot of events to give us a chance to make some noise down State.” 


To say they showed up at sectionals is an understatement. The team had a runner score 16 of 18 total events, won seven of 18 events, and scored 165 points total as a team. Meanwhile, the team that placed second, Hersey High School, scored 91 points lower than their first place score. 


Wintermute believes that the team’s success comes from team chemistry. According to Wintermute, they are passionate about the sport, and run for one another. 


“I really believe this group enjoys training with each other,” Wintermute said. “They’re at a high level because they train every day together and they trust each other. They trust the process, and I think all that just makes things like our track meets that much smoother.”


The sky’s the limit for this talented team, but Wintermute makes sure they stay in the moment and take it each race as a time. As the state finals quickly approach, he is helping the team stay in this mindset to start state strong. 


“I think we have a great chance to be first in the state,” Wintermute said. But ultimately, we gotta get through Friday first. We talked this week about how there’s no next week unless we take care of things at sectionals…We got to take care of the same type of things on Friday downstate and prelims and give ourselves the best opportunity to compete on Saturday.”