- Distance crew leads strong girls team
While the number of graduation losses from last year's fourth place sectional team were few, the quality is something completely different.
The Knights distance team took a big hit with the graduation of Bryce Smith who won both the 1,600 and 3,200 meter events at sectionals last year and placed second in the 1,600 regional.
The team also graduated sprinter Ed 'Bubba' House and middle distance sparkplug Tim Chastain along with pole vaulter Jordan Brown.
While their points will be difficult to replace, several key newcomers and returnees will help offset the loss along with a large group of experienced veterans who return to the fold.
In the sprinting events, Matt McClellan, Chris Bowman, Shawn Piatt and Matt Brand return along with Devon Chamberlain and Ryan Thompson for a solid lineup.
McClellan placed second in the sectional 200 meter race and will get opportunities in the 100 meters along with relay action. Chamberlain joins him in the 100 meters this season, placing third versus Owen Valley and will run in the 400 and 1,600 relay with McClellan.
Piatt opened the season with a 400 meter win versus the Patriots and Matt Brand will work into the mix as well. Bowman will lead a talented hurdling group along with Ryan Thompson and Logan Whitman.
In the middle distances, freshman Hunter Reberger opened the year strong with an 800 meter victory with Kyle Colson placing third. Josh Timm could add strength in the event as well as the 1,600 meters.
Logan Wegner and Matt Miller will see action at 1,600 meters with Wegner also running the 3,200 meters with senior Justin Scherb returning to the fold and James Parvin lending talented depth.
In field events, Michael Landry will be the top long jumper returning after finishing fourth in the sectional and Jacob Reece will high jump with T.J. Black.
The throwing events should be strong this season as Nick Gebert and Neil Vanatti have improved a great deal in the offseason strengthening the discus and shotput events.
The Knights success in the postseason this year likely will rely on the depth provided by the younger members of the team. If early season results are any indication, the Knights should be well on their way to another excellent season.