Girls’ HS Track and Field: Wiedrich focused on team aspect in first year as head coach

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For the first time in 38 years, the Mandan girls’ track and field team has a new head coach. Brooke Wiedrich takes over the program and she noticed things are different once you become head coach.

Brooke Wiedrich always dreamed of being the head coach for the Mandan girls’ track and field team.

“I didn’t think that it would come this soon to be honest,” Wiedrich said. 

Last May, Mike Kuhn retired after 38 years, which opened the door for Brooke.

“I just have an investment in these girls and them just in life,” Wiedrich said.

Brooke is a Mandan alum. She competed on the team for six years and then was an assistant for the last nine seasons.

“Definitely a different dynamic when you are responsible for 45 girls instead of three,” Wiedrich said. 

But that’s not the only thing new about being a head coach.

“Paperwork,” Wiedrich said. “There’s a lot more paperwork. There’s a lot of moving parts. There’s a lot more responsibility.”

And Brooke already has her first tough challenge.

“Really trying to build our numbers and get new kids to come out,” Wiedrich said. “Really focus on the team aspect.”

She feels her biggest recruiters are already in the program.

“It’s word of mouth,” Wiedrich said. “It’s getting your friends to come out and them having a good time. That work is worth it and that our team is worth it.”

Brooke feels if Mandan can accomplish that goal, they will become one of the best teams in the state.

“If we can build a strong team,” Wiedrich said, “going forward I see us being contenders in the State meet for years to come.”

Tomorrow, Mandan travels to Dickinson for a meet that starts at noon.

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