2017 Preseason Practice At De Pere

Monday, March 6, 2017 at De Pere High School

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Lindsey Mirkes a Marquette University recruit is a Top 50 All-Time athlete in the High Jump

Left - Silver Medal in the HJ at the 2016 WIAA State Meet. Right - At UW-Oshkosh in the 2015 Titan Invite. She won that event.




Wisconsin Track Online Feature For 2017


De Pere

Division: 1

Enrollment [2015-16]: 1349

Head Coach: James Boyd has been teaching and coaching track and field at De Pere for 31 years with the last 5 years as head boys and girls track and field coach. Boyd is also the head boys and girls cross country coach.

Conference: Fox River Classic

Conference Schools: Ashwaubenon, Bay Port, De Pere, Green Bay Preble, Green Bay Southwest, Manitowoc Lincoln, Notre Dame Academy, Pulaski, Sheboygan North, and Sheboygan South.

2016 Fox River Classic results.


Left: Grace Kowalkowski at the 2016 WIAA State Meet. Kowalkowski is a Top 50 All-Time athlete in the Pole Vault.


Right: Olivia Fabry at the 2016 WIAA State Meet. Fabry is a Top 50 All-Time athlete in the Pole Vault.


Grace Matzke at the 2015 WIAA State Meet. She finished 4th in the 400m. She anchored the Redbird 4x4 to a Top 50 time of 3:55.26 at the 2016 WIAAState Meet.


Above: Grace Kowalkowski at the 2016 WIAA State Meet. She won the Silver Medal with a vault of 12' 00. Teammate Kylie Swiekatowski [GRAD] won the Gold Medal.


Above left: Lindsey Mirkes in the 4x4 at the 2016 WIAA State Meet. She helped her team to a 7th place finish.

Above right: Grace Matzke in the 400m prelims at the 2016 WIAA State Meet. Matzke had a 2016 season 'PR' of 57.60 at the 2016 Seymour Invite.

Left: Olivia Fabry at the 2016 WIAA State Meet. Fabry took 9th place with a vault of 11' 00. Her 2016 'PR' was 12' 00.00 at the 2016 Seymour Invite.

Fabry [2016], Matzke [2015, 2016], and Mirkes [2015, 2016] were runners on the Redbird 4x4 which posted Top 50 All-Time athlete marks of 3:57.35 in 2015 and 3:55.26 in 2016.


Above left: Building where the AP Vaulters practice. Above right: Runway in the warehouse used by AP Vaulters.

John Opichka, Bill Swiekatowski, Ryan Fabry, and Don Penza have helped coach the vaulters at the club. Opichka's daughter Shaelyn and Fabry's daughter Olivia are Top 50 All-Time Athletes in the PV and Swiekatowski's daughter Kylie is the D1 PV Record Holder and a Top 50 All-Time Athlete in the PV.

Don Penza [left] is a school liason police officer at Ashwaubenon High School and has coached State Champion vault athletes at Ashwaubenon and De Pere.




Day 1 Of The 2017 Preseason



AP Vaulting is a pole vaulting club located in Green Bay, WI.

Vaulters from all over the state have jumped at the AP Vaulting Club. All levels are welcomed, beginner to collegiate.

Vaulters practice on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday nights in the off-season


Success Is No Accident


Above L-R: Austin Gokey who is on the UW-Green Bay Cross Country team [UW-GB does not have a track and field team] helps with the distance runners, Parker Hanson works with the sprinters and sprint relays, Matt Van Effen works with middle distance runners, throws coach Ross Helein, and strength and conditioning coach for De Pere High School Andy Krautkramer. Krautkramer led the Redbirds in their warmups prior to the athletes splitting up into skill groups.


De Pere head boys and girls coach James Boyd [right] and his staff led a large group of track and field athletes through day one drills in the De Pere High School field house.

Boyd is shown on the left with Don Penza who coaches the vaulters at De Pere. Athletes benefitted from a large staff of coaches when they split up into their skill groups.









Above L-R: Father and son coaches Jim and Joe Hodgson work with the hurdlers and horizontal jumpers, and distance coaches Jackie Joseph and Chris Hendricks.


The throw athletes worked on footwork and body and foot position for throws.


The Redbird distance runners. The weather turned cold and rainy for their outside workout.



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