Humboldt girls will challenge in NCC

Humboldt's girls begin their first full week of the 2017 track season this week. Independent photo.

Humboldt has occupied the upper division of the girls’ North Central Conference track and field championships each year for the past decade.
But winning the meet has been a different story as the Wildcats’ last NCC title came in 1989. Humboldt veteran head coach Dean Clasen feels his 2017 squad has the ingredients to come out on top.
To do that, they’ll have to knock off Algona, which has won the title the last seven straight seasons.
“Algona, until somebody knocks them off, they will continue to be the favorites. Last year they didn’t have anybody outstanding but they have a tremendous amount of depth,” Clasen said. “We have eight girls that can run 65-second quarters and Algona has been similar where they have enough quality individuals that they end up double scoring.”
“I do think we are in a position where we can challenge more than what we have in the past,” Clasen said. “We’ve been close to winning a few times in recent years.”
“We have a stronger than usual senior class this season. We’ve got some committed individuals, a quality group that has been a key part of our success the last few years,” Clasen said.
“We also have some younger girls, even going into our freshman class, that have come in and helped fill some of the gaps,” Clasen said. “As I look at the situation, I’ve always said that if you can get about four or five girls from each class, you have a chance to be pretty successful.”

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April 4 at Clear Lake
April 7 at Hampton-Dumont
April 11 at Algona
April 18 at Pocahontas Area
April 20 at Fort Dodge
April 24 Humboldt Relays
April 27 at Storm Lake
May 5 NCC at iowa Falls
May 11 Regional
May 18-20 State meet, Des Moines

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