Track and field preview: Esko returns 3 state qualifiers

The Eskomos' first meet is scheduled for April 13.

Esko senior Gage Stankiewicz practices throwing the discus Wednesday, April 6, 2021. Stankiewicz qualified for the state meet in the discuss as a sophomore in 2019. (Jamey Malcomb /

Head coaches:

  • Boys: Gary Beaudot
  • Girls: Matt Peterson

Assistant coaches: Jerimy Hallsten, Caitlin Lilly, Scott Arntson, Bill Hudspith, Dennis Rengo, Jill Harden, Kyle Schmidt

Returning state qualifiers:

  • Boys: Gage Stankiewicz, Dylan Edland
  • Girls: Zoie Johnson

First meet: April 13 at home.

Team strengths: "Gage Stankiewicz returns after participating in the discus at the state meet as a Sophomore," boys coach Gary Beaudot said. "Dylan Edland also participated in the state 4x200 race as a sophomore and should be a strong hurdler and sprinter for the Esko team. We're hoping to put together some strong relays as well as having nice depth in our field events."


Biggest challenge: "We have many athletes that will be learning events," Beaudot said.

Coach's assessment

"We're trying to make it a fun, hard-working atmosphere," girls coach Matt Peterson said. "That's our whole goal for the program and I think it's really worked out. These kids have been stuck in quarantine and distance learning and now we're all coming together and the boys and girls are getting a chance to just be kids. If we can develop that hardworking atmosphere we'll do well."

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