Whether it’s been watching Helen Giefer star in her distance events or seeing his freshmen athletes make constant strides, Trego coach Pat Haxton has had a blast coaching the Golden Eagles’ track team this season.

“It’s been a pretty good year for us, as far as the work and the effort the kids have put in,” Haxton said. “Man, it’s been fun. So much fun.”

Haxton is looking for his team to keep it going at the state track meet Friday and Saturday in Wichita. Trego will send nine athletes — five girls and four boys.

“I thought we got out (to state) the people who needed to get out and had a chance to get out,” Haxton said. “Overall, I was pretty happy. We ran into some winds in our faces and it’s a little tough with times. At this time of the year, you want to have good times, so a little disappointed with that, but at the same time, we were playing to get people into state. Overall, I was really pleased.”

Giefer has led the way for Trego this season, qualifying for state in four events in the Class 2A regional meet at Smith Center last Thursday. She won the 3,200 meter run in 11:57.26 and placed third in both the 800 (2:28.28) and 1600 (5:39.96). She also teamed with sophomore Sybil Giefer, junior Adrianne Carr and sophomore Libby Frost to qualify for state in the 3200 relay by placing third with a 10:38.63.

“We’re really excited about her chances,” Haxton said. “She’s a girl that runs four miles for us every track meet and competes hard in all of those events. She’s obviously worked extremely hard this offseason and during the season. That stuff rubs off and the kids see that.”

He also commended the leadership and work ethic of Carr.

“Adrianne Carr is another girl that comes to work every day,” Haxton said. “That young lady has put a lot of time and effort into the weight room for this moment.”

On the boys’ side, Bernard Giefer is returning to state in the 3200 while freshman Wyndom Giefer will compete in the 1600. Trego is also sending sophomores Cooper Desormiers and Hunter Price for the 110 hurdles.

Lili Shubert will be the only competitor in the field for the Eagles, qualifying for the pole vault.

“She has improved and worked so hard to get better at her pole vault,” Haxton said of Shubert. “I’m really excited about her.”

Haxton said one of the most satisfying parts of the season has been watching some of the underclassmen develop into state qualifiers.

“Cooper Desormiers has put so much time and effort into it,” Haxton said. “He goes to bed thinking about how he can make himself a better hurdler and wakes up thinking about what he’s going to do to make him a better hurdler. He’s progressed all year and gotten better.

“And Wyndom Giefer, he’s put so much time and effort in. He works so hard. I’m so pleased that he got there. He’s improved throughout the year.”

Haxton said he knows the state meet will be an eye-opening experience for Trego’s first-time qualifiers.

“It’s so much different than anything they’ve experienced,” Haxton said.

“Those young guys have to go run prelims on Friday. I told them, ‘It’s just a track meet. You have to understand that. It’s a track meet with several thousand people at it, but it’s still just a track meet and you’re competing with the seven dudes on the track and nobody else.’ ”