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Boys track: Three Rivers preseason capsules

Published: Thursday, April 3, 2014 11:30 p.m. CDT

Amboy Clippers

Coach: Jeramey Wittenauer (7th season)

2013: Seventh at 17-team 1A Oregon Sectional

Roster

Ben Hosto sr. distance

Skylar Wheeler sr. distance

Luke Becker jr. distance

Jason Benhoff jr. throws

Nick Bickett jr. distance

Braedon Bonnell jr. distance

Jeffry DeLong jr. sprints

Austin Henkel jr. sprints

Kyle Kemmerer jr. throws

Nate King jr. sprints

Sam Klein jr. distance

Griffen Kozeal jr. sprints

Levi McCoy jr. sprints

Liam Ohlendorf jr. sprints

Colton Pohl jr. throws

Zack Becker so. distance

Romeo Blackburn so. distance

Koty Conderman so. hurdles

Josh Gross so. sprints

Iain Hoy so. throws

Paul Meyer so. distance

Brian Wittenauer so. throws

Alan Stamberger so. distance

Clay Stuepfert throws

Matt Fawkes fr. distance

Kyle Gascoigne fr. throws

Robby Goatcher fr. sprints

Joseph Patrick fr. sprints

Cole Stewart fr. throws

Troy Weber fr. throws

Outlook: The Clippers' strength will be their distance and middle distance events, with some throwers ready to make their marks. The small senior class is joined by a strong group of juniors, which should provide plenty of leadership for the younger athletes.

Bureau Valley Storm

Coach: Jeff Ohlson (1st season)

2013: Fourth at 14-team 1A Bureau Valley Sectional

Roster

Jeremiah Blackert sr. sprints, jumps

Justin Buckman sr. throws

Kody Church sr. distance

Kane Eastwood sr. mid-distance, sprints

Joe Fisher sr. sprints

Andrew Jacobs sr. throws

Thomas Jarigese sr. sprints

Colton Peterson sr. mid-distance

Tucker Schoff sr. hurdles, sprints

Austin Seitter sr. throws

Andrew Smith sr. distance

Ryan Taylor sr. mid-distance

Daniel Trone sr. mid-distance

Evan Frank jr. mid-distance

Tyler Gonigam jr. throws

Charlie Lotspeich jr. distance

Keegan Mooney jr. throws

Chase Pierce jr. throws

Trey Dale so. jumps, sprints

Will Konneck so. sprints

Yulian Osorio so. mid-distance

Alex Cady fr. sprints

Michael Eastwood fr. sprints

Alex Elmore fr. sprints

Lee Eshelman fr. throws

Nicholas Glubczynski fr. sprints

Cole Kaiser fr. distance

Hunter Lewis fr. mid-distance

Hunter Schoff fr. hurdles, sprints

Outlook: The Storm lost three-time state medalist Logan Hoffert, but have a strong stable of talented and experienced athletes to fill any void left behind. Distance and middle distance will be a strength, and BV also has quite a bit of depth in the jumps and throws.

Erie-Prophetstown Panthers

Coach: Jon Schlagheck (1st season)

2013: Won 14-team 1A Bureau Valley Sectional

Roster

Chris Bauer sr. sprints

Jace Bright sr. throws

Austin Cowley sr. sprints

Devin DeShane sr. sprints

Tyler DeVault sr. distance

Michael Gul sr. sprints

Kyle Pannier sr. pole vault, sprints

Josh Paul sr. sprints

Grant Ames jr. high jump, sprints

Jared Cole jr. pole vault, sprints

Tanner Shipp jr. distance

Travis Shipp jr. distance

Dvaree Thompson jr. high jump, sprints

Lucas White jr. distance

Jack Bauer so. hurdles

Kyle Behrens so. distance

Dylan Binion so. triple jump, sprints

Seth Cameron so. sprints

Austin Frytag so. sprints

Brad Green so. hurdles

Jonah Green so. discus, sprints

Pedro Herrera so. throws

Logan Holland so. triple jump, sprints

Brad Hufman so. distance

Tyler Naftzger so. pole vault, sprints

Dominic Dopler fr. sprints

Collin Patton fr. sprints

Conner Reiley fr. distance

Jackson Westen fr. distance

Kody Wetzell fr. long jump, sprints

Outlook: The Panthers are still loaded after a third-place finish at the Class 1A state meet last year, but the names filling several events are different. Gone is Devin Johnson, the perennial state performer, but there are many young faces eager to step up in his spot. The track is where EP usually makes hay, but pole vaulters Kyle Pannier and Jared Cole – both state qualifiers a year ago – will lead a strong contingent in the field events.

Fulton Steamers

Coach: Mike Ankrom (2nd season)

2013: Ninth at 14-team 1A Bureau Valley Sectional

Roster

Weston Dixon sr. distance

Bryce Holesinger sr. hurdles, sprints, jumps

Devin Kuehl sr. sprints

Austin Regenwether sr. throws

Issac Schmidt sr. sprints

Seth Brown jr. distance

Thomas Hand jr. sprints

Shawn Hintz jr. sprints, jumps

Brevin Mason jr. distance

Kyle Mathews jr. sprints, jumps

Jason Osborne jr. sprints

Justin Shaffer jr. throws

Aaron Abbott so. distance

Kyle Alstead so. distance

Jeff Banker so. throws

Tanner Brainerd so. distance

Ryan Dail so. jumps

Michael Dixon so. jumps

Rodney Gossard so. sprint, jumps

Storm Hoover so. throws

Sam Lenz so. sprints

Kegan North so. throws

Hobs Winter so. distance

Jacob Hartman fr. distance

Kyle McLuckie fr. throws

Sam Norman fr. distance

Jacob Schmidt fr. distance

Akif Zendeli fr. throws

Outlook: Bryce Holesinger was the Steamers' lone state qualifier last year, but the hurdler hopes to have some company in Charleston next month. Coach Ankrom likes what he's seeing from Fulton's sprint relay teams, and is excited about up-and-comers in the distance, middle distance and triple jump events.

Morrison Mustangs

Coach: Scott Rickels (12th season)

2013: 13th at 14-team 1A Bureau Valley Sectional

Roster

Ryan Mayberry sr. sprints, high jump

Lucas Peppers sr. sprints

Noah Blacklock jr. sprints, triple jump

Scott Ferry jr. high jump distance

Drew Screnock jr. throws, sprints

Eric Mulnix so. distance

Mason Muur so. distance

Emmit Shepard so. sprints

Darrin Bielema fr. sprints

Payton Cook fr. sprints

Joe Eads fr. distance, triple jump

Eric Kull fr. sprints, long jump

Brandon Meier fr. throws

Matthew Nichols fr. distance

Jesse Peppers fr. throws

Outlook: The numbers are down a bit, but the Mustangs have plenty of talent to make some noise in the Three Rivers. Sprints will anchor Morrison's performances, but look for the jumps and distance runners to improve as the season goes on.

Newman Comets

Coach: Andy Accardi (21st season)

2013: Second at 14-team 1A Bureau Valley Sectional

Roster

Andrew Kobbeman sr. distance

Josh Lehrke sr. distance

Warren Melton sr. distance

Lars Roleder sr. throws

Micah Trancoso sr. sprints

Quincy Coomes jr. distance

Matt Johnson jr. throws

Nolan McGinn jr. sprints, jumps

Jamie Nelson jr. jumps

Loren Newberry jr. throws

Bryson Reyes jr. distance

Drew Rosengren jr. distance

Regan Todhunter jr. sprints

Chris Wilson jr. throws

Jared Brauman so. throws

Braydon Delgado so. sprints

Jax Fane so. sprints

Jeremy Henson so. distance

Clay Jungerman so. distance

Ethan Nash so. sprints

Brady Rude so. sprints

Chris Ahlers fr. distance

Mateo Cortez fr. sprints

Jacob Heiderscheit fr. jumps

Aaron Scroggins fr. sprints

Outlook: A Class 1A state title last season has spirits high amongst the Comets again this spring. While most of the medalists from last year's championship have moved on, look for the distance races and field events to provide plenty of support for the loss of depth in the sprints. Brady Rude and Nolan McGinn ran on state-title relays a year ago, and will anchor what coach Accardi calls a "strong core" of experience and talent.

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