Reagan Weinheimer, Nodaway Valley

Pictured: Reagan Weinheimer, Nodaway Valley

(Greenfield) -- The Nodaway Valley girl’s track team is one of the hottest in the area as we head down the stretch.

The Wolverines are coming off a week where they won the Pride of Iowa Conference championship and another meet in Mount Ayr.

“We ran very well,” Coach Brett Welsch told KMA Sports on Tuesday’s sports feature. “It helped that Mount Ayr was down a couple runners, but I can’t discount what our girls did. They ran really well (at the POI), and that was a nice win.”

Now, Coach Welsch and his group will turn their attention to qualifying as much as they can for the state meet. The Wolverines will be in Griswold on Thursday and bring the top time in six relays and in four other individual events.

Junior Reagan Weinheimer is one of the leaders of this year’s group, posting the best time in the 200 and 400 and the second-best time in the 800 in this year’s district.

“She works very hard in practice,” Welsch said. “She is a really good leader.”

Sophomore Lexi Shike tops the district and the state in the 100 meter hurdles while Sophia Broers has been a key figure in the distance races, ranking fourth in the 1500 and 3000 in the district.

“Then the Yonker (Jena and Natalie) twins have filled in some nice needs in the running events and hurdles,” Welsch said. “Our freshman Maddax DeVault has really come on strong and runs well in the relays. She’s also been a real asset in the hurdles.”

Now comes the tough part for Welsch – figuring out which relays to really load up on when it comes to Thursday’s meet.

“I look at QuikStats and try to think of what other coaches are thinking of us,” he said. “We have some top spots in all of the relays, but I’m really looking at where we can score in state.”

Welsch said there are some obvious spots, like in the 4x100 and sprint medley relays and with Weinheimer in the 400. However, there will be some tough decisions.

“I’m not doing it with 10 girls,” he said. “I’m doing it with five girls, so I can’t just run them all in 20 events. It can be a bit of a guessing game, but I feel like there six events we can really be pretty strong in when it comes to scoring at state.”

Joining Nodaway Valley in Griswold are AHSTW, Ar-We-Va, Audubon, CAM, Coon Rapids-Bayard, Exira/EHK, Glidden-Ralston, Griswold, IKM-Manning, Orient-Macksburg, Riverside, Southwest Valley and Stanton.

KMA Sports will have coverage from the meet in Griswold on Thursday afternoon. Follow @d2mart on Twitter for all the latest. Listen to the complete interview with Coach Welsch below.