NEW CONCORD Veteran John Glenn High track coach Doug Joy recently welcomed 72 track athletes (42 boys and 30 girls) to pre-season workouts and was quick to point out that the Maroon and White thinclads have their sights set on Muskingum Valley League titles in both boys and girls track.
We should have real good depth on both squads, Joy stated recently, and have some really good kids returning who experienced quite a bit of success last spring.
Right at the top of that list is sophomore Haley Gregory, who tallied 40 points in the Muskingum Valley League meet and was a state qualifier in the 100-meter dash as well as the 100-meter hurdles. Gregory recently concluded a great winter indoor season, having posted the second-best 60-yard dash time in the state.
Sophomore Emily Brown also returns for competition in the middle distance and long jump events. Last spring, she was a Division II Regional qualifier in the 400. Senior Shelby Cole and sophomore Rheana Wilson were part of a 4x800 relay quartet which also went to the regional.
On the boys side, junior Woody Jamiel returns off a state qualifying 4x800 team last year. Senior Zak Geiger also ran a leg of that 4x800 race and also participated in the state 3200 event. Geiger also posted an MVL-high 32.5 points in last springs league meet.
John Glenns boys 4x200 regional qualifier team also returns intact with junior Grant Slack joining a trio of seniors, including Billy Shaffer, Evan Schiele and Kyle Johnston. Additionally, Shaffer holds the school record in the 200.
The 2012 John Glenn boys roster includes the following seniors (with number of letters and events listed): Karl Klein (one letter, sprints/long jump), Geiger (three letters, distance), Johnston (three letters, sprints), Dalton Parrish (three letters, pole vault), Zach Payne (sprints), Shaffer (three letters, sprints), Hunter Wilkins (throws), Nick Smith (three letters, hurdles/pole vault), Carl Wiencek (two letters, sprints/pole vault), Schiele (three letters/sprints), Corey Cale (distance), Michael Janosko (sprints).
In the junior class are Adam De Long (sprints), Jamiel (three letters/distance), Zakary Klies (two letters, distance), Grant Slack (two letters, sprints/jumps), Hunter Smith (one letter, sprints/long jump), Jake Swingle (throws), Andrew Caldwell (sprints), Travis Brock (throws), Kelby Gibson (sprints).
Sophomores on this springs team are Garrett Killian (sprints, long jump), James Lehner (sprints/long jump), Derek Stover (one letter, hurdles/high jump), Sean Whitlow (one letter, throws/long jump), Austin Cunningham (sprints), Stone Morgan (sprints), Brandon Bennett (distance), Blake Adkins (sprints/jumps), Tyler McGee (sprints).
Rounding out the squad are a dozen freshmen, including Trey Bennett (400/long hurdles), Sean Bradford (distance), Colton Devoll (sprint), Dylon Graham (distance), Nathan Law (hurdles/high jump), Tanner Morton (sprints), Zakary Powers (hurdles), Austin Snyder (distance), Paul Van Horn (sprints), Garrett Ross (pole vault), Ryan Hammer (sprints) and Ryan Fahey (distance).
With our boys, we feel we have good depth in the sprints and the distance events and we are getting great leadership from our seniors, said Joy. Our girls chances of team success will depend largely on how our sophomore class performs. We have good sprinters, hurdlers, jumpers and throwers. Right now, only Wilson and Cole are proven distance runners, so we are hoping they can post some good finishes until the lesser experienced runners catch up.
Currently nine seniors are listed on the Lady Muskies roster. They include Abby Bricker (one letter, throws), Cole (three letters, middle distance), Caylee Coulter (pole vault), Megan Heacock (three letters. hurdles), Julie Lewis (one letter, high jump/long jump), Julie Morgan (three letters, middle distance/high jump), Ashley Sayre (one letter, sprints/long jump), Bailey Stephens (three letters, sprints) and Marci Boyce (distance).
Only two juniors are out this spring Emily Andrews (one letter, sprints) and Demi Nicolozakes (throws).
The JG sophomore class includes Emily Brown (one letter, middle distance/long jump), Amanda Garretson (one letter, throws), Gregory (one letter, hurdles/sprints), Kirstyn Podojak (one letter, distance), Emma Retherford (sprints), Hannah Stewart (one letter, distance), Wilson (one letter, distance), Jacqueline Williams (hurdles), Lacey Lentz (throws) and Kaci Simms (throws).
Among the newcomers to the program are freshmen Blake Cummings (sprints/long jump), Jenna Durant (sprints), Samantha Green (throws), Marleigh Hofmann (throws), Kelsey Jenei (sprints/high jump), Shelby Watson (sprints), Kelsey Knellinger (hurdles), Madison Bundy (sprints) and McKenzie Wilkins (throws).
Joy will have a bevy of experienced assistant coaches Chris Merry with the throwers; Brian Fulks with the sprinters and throwers; Hariett Hunter with the distance runners; David Todt with the sprinters; and Mike Beam with the pole vaulters.
In addition to the usual triangular meets within the MVL, John Glenn will participate in local invitationals at Maysville, Meadowbrook, and St. Clairsville. JG will also host its invitational on Saturday, April 21. The other schedule highlight will be an out-of-state trip to the prestigious Eastern Relays on April 27-28, hosted by the University of Louisville.
John Glenn opens the season on Saturday at the Maysville Invitational.