Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

Like father, like daughter
Girls track looking to repeat

by Mike Ramczyk

March 31, 2011

The torch has officially been passed.

This year, the Badger track program is saying goodbye to longtime boys coach Dave Jaeger. But the Jaeger name isnt going anywhere.

Thats because Daves daughter, Jenn, is taking over head coaching duties for the Badger girls track squad. With the departure of former head coach DeeDee Giovingo from last years squad, the team needed a new leader. When interviewing for a teaching job in January, Jaeger was offered the position as head coach. A former Badger track standout and assistant coach, she was ready for her first head coaching position.

It all happened very quickly, Jaeger said. There have been a whirlwind of changes, and its all very exciting. My dad is still available to me. Hes been great about assisting me, and he is available if we need him.

Jaeger was a hurdles coach at Badger two years ago before doing the same thing at Waterford last year. She has been coached by her dad and coached against him. Jaeger inherits a squad that sent several performers to state last year. Despite several players out due to illness, Jaeger has liked what shes seen so far from her squad.

We had a lot of success last year, Jaeger said. I was overwhelmingly surprised with our first meet.

Badger won its first meet of the season last Wednesday at Cudahy, the Packer Indoor Invitational, with 165 points, 51 points ahead of second-place Madison West.

Tristan Sproul grabbed first place in the 800 with a time of 2:30.97. Also, the 1600 relay squad of Sproul, Cricket Gelderman, Alyssa Olsen and Lana Wieseman took first with a time of 5:22.28. In the 3200 relay, Olsen, Gelderman, Carley Skates and Sydney Davis won with a time of 10:25.97. Wieseman leapt to a win in the high jump with a distance of 4-11. Also, Liberty Wieseman was second in the shot put with a toss of 30-4.

It was very exciting for us to win, Jaeger said. It was an overall great showing. Its hard to stress individuals right now, but we are showing amazing team effort. Im really pleased with our progress.

Jaeger said two of her teams top leaders are out currently, Megan Mulligan (injured) and Karina Reeves (sick). With only six seniors but 16 freshmen, Jaeger is focusing on the team concept in her goals.

We want to win conference again, she said. We want to support each other and continue our team chemistry. We also hope to send as many individuals to state as possible. We have a small group of seniors, and I hope they step up and play a big role. We have a target on our backs, and that is OK with me. Were ready for the challenge.

In the past, Jaeger has formed a strong bond with her hurdlers as an assistant coach. Now, she is hoping to do that with the entire squad.

The biggest reward is seeing athletes being successful as an athlete and person, she said. Im looking to having a close bond with the whole team. Most of the assistant coaches are returning, and they work with both the boys and girls. The assistant coaches have a good rapport with the athletes, and I cant say enough about them. So far, the girls have been incredibly supportive and accepting of me.

Badger will have its first outdoor event Saturday at the Waukesha South Invite.