By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:
Two West Delaware High School Track and Field senior athletes signed letters of intent Thursday evening inside the commons at the high school to perform at the next level for two Iowa division-three colleges. Abby Loecke will participate in the Track and Field and Cross Country programs at Simpson College in Indianola. Cole Engel will take his talents to Coe College in Cedar Rapids.
Loecke said seeing teammates Jamie Glanz, Katelyn Mangold and Ryan Trainer on the boys side pick the Simpson Track and Field program last spring definitely influenced her decision but there were other factors as well:
WD Girls Track and Field head coach Doug Engel said for Abby to be able to reunite with both of those girls is a huge plus, he adds that he has a connection with both of Abby’s future coaches and feels it will be a great fit for her:
Coach Engel comments on the type of athlete that Simpson is getting in Loecke:
Loecke has been a 400 meter dash and 800 meter run performer for the Hawks, she has appreciated the support from those around her and talks about what she enjoys most about competing:
The daughter of Don and Deb Loecke of Manchester, Abby, will major in teaching History and Social Studies at the Secondary Education level.
Cole Engel, the son of Doug and Lynette of Dundee, talks about why he chose Coe:
Engel comments on his experience at WD and what the immediate future could hold this season:
Coach Engel is proud of his son for being able to compete in Track at the college level just as he did and thinks he made the right choice of where to go:
WD boys track head coach Doug Winkowitsch talks about the attributes that Cole has brought to his program the past several years:
Coach Wink adds to what else has helped make Engel successful in athletics:
Engel has participated in the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdles, shuttle hurdle relay and the 4×400 meter relay. He will major in Kinesiology.