Rookies coach Carlton to solid performances at sections
By: Jana Peterson, Pine Journal
With three rookie coaches and a host of young athletes, the Carlton track team had a lot of fun running, jumping and throwing their way through the season.
“It’s always a learning experience your first year,” said head coach Adam Whelan. “But, it was a good one and several of our athletes made it to sections in addition to sending Lindsey Dahl-Holm to state.”
Holm, a freshman, finished as the runner-up in the 3200-meter run en route to advancing to the state meet, where she finished 16th.
“Lindsey also made it to sections in the high jump and that is another event she could have a lot of success in,” Whelan said. “She’s definitely an amazing athlete.”
Junior Hallie Raisanen advanced to sections in the 100-meter hurdles and just missed qualifying for state, while junior Jill Tomczak ran the 100-meter dash at that meet as well.
For the boys, sophomore Jacob Gran ran the 1,600 at sections while senior Sam Kavanaugh had an excellent performance in the 800-meter run, Whelan said.
Whelan, with help from his assistant coaches Matt Webb and Jared Pierce, hopes to keep coaching in the seasons ahead.
“Overall, it was very enjoyable with great kids to coach,” he said. “I know this is something I want to keep doing.”