Track team excited to begin 2021 season

By Marijka Michmershuizen/

Remember last year when COVID shut everything down?  Well, Pella Christian’s track team is back and ready to go.  They began practice on March 1, and are looking forward to their first meet of the season on March 30.  

Head Coach Keith Anderson is excited for the season to begin.  He said, “I want to see our athletes improve and compete. I think we have a great coaching staff that will be able to motivate and get the best out of each athlete on the team.”

There are ten regular track meets scheduled this season.  The track team may also participate in the Drake relays.  The state qualifying meet will be in mid-May, with state track in late May.  

Anderson stated, “I see many different strengths to our team this season. Most notably, the desire and work ethic of our athletes to put in the tough training and workouts to get better each day.”

Anderson pointed out that with the season being cancelled last year due to COVID, many of the younger athletes are lacking experience.  Both the freshmen and sophomores have never participated in a high school track meet.  One of their goals is to get back into competition. “This season I keep reminding our athletes to enjoy every day and every practice,” he said.

The outstanding senior leaders this year are Kayla Natelborg, Allison Van Gorp, Cody Boender, Carson Breon, Brayton Juffer, and Ethan Milligan.  

According to Brayton Juffer, “My goal for the season is just to have fun and compete well in meets.  I also hope to break some of my own personal records from years past.” 

Kayla Natelborg shared that she normally runs sprints but “I’m willing to try anything new this year! Our team did not get to participate in any meets last year, so I am eager to see how my times have officially changed from sophomore year.” 

It will be exciting to see how the team works and grows together over the season. 


One thought on “Track team excited to begin 2021 season

  • March 26, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    Love this article! The focus is on personal growth and the joy of the sport rather than killer competition. Isn’t that the point? Nice work everyone! Great article Marijka, thank you


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