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Vick happy to be back with Hodags track teamSubmitted: 03/11/2014
Story By Joe Dufek

Vick happy to be back with Hodags track team
RHINELANDER - On Monday, a familiar sight was back at the first track practice of the season for the Hodags.

No, not the sun and 50 degree weather - although that was great to see too.

It was the return of Brad Vick as one of the coaches for the boy's team.

Vick was involved with Rhinelander track from 2008-2011. That included being the girls head coach. The last two seasons, he was not involved due to family matters.


Rod Olson coached the last two years. However, Olson decided to step down. Lack of time needed to commit to the sport was among the reasons.

Vick's team includes two state representatives from last year. Ryan Nehls finished fourteenth in the 100. And Vince Berry tied for eighth in the pole vault.

Vick says it's great to be back.

"I can't wait to have these athletes compete at a high level," Vick explains. "Hopefully, compete back at state again this year. Having guys that have been there before and knows what it takes to make it to state - I know they'll show it on the track again this year."

"Everyday is going to be a little different, but everyday (Vick) is going to push us," Hodag senior Vince Berry adds. "This year I believe we'll only have one meet per week. So we'll have a little more time to prepare and get going. Hopefully, we'll be more prepared for meets this year."

Megan Wagner is the new girls track coach for the Hodags. Rhinelander opens the indoor season at the Merill Invite on March 27th.



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