IRON MOUNTAIN - Iron Mountain's girls track and field team, like all area squads, has been limited to indoor practice so far this spring.
"Despite Mother Nature working against us, our girls have been working very hard to prepare themselves for competition," coach Tara Hartman said.
The Mountaineers bring back experience in mid and long distance, as well as throwing events.
"Seniors Hailey Lafleur and Abby Gerhard will be our spark in the longer sprints and mid-distance," Hartman said. " Ashlun Lofholm brings back some experience in the throwing events.
"I'm excited to see what sophomore Emma Lafleur and junior Molly Malone can do in the distance events."
Unable to get outside Hartman is still trying to assess the talent among newcomers.
"We have a few newcomers this year, and we are still trying to find out what their strengths are," she said. " It has been difficult to do without being on the track."
Iron Mountain will compete in Division 2 this year.
"It will be interesting to see how we fare against schools our size," Hartman said. "Our team is small, but we will work hard to improve as individuals and as a team."
SENIOR - Abby Gerhard, Hailey LaFleur, Ashlun Lofholm.
JUNIOR - Molly Malone, Emily Oberthaler.
SOPHOMORE - Randi Krasowski, Emma LaFleur, Bailey Lundholm, Jordan Wicke.
FRESHMEN - Kate Bungi.