(Top) Hannah Hunter will be a big key to Northview's track success.
(Bottom Left) Chris Smith will be one of the top distance runners for the Knights.
(Bottom Right) Hunter Reberger will help anchor Northview's relay squads and middle distance squads.
The high school track and field season is the first Spring sport to get their season rolling and the Northview Knights have been busy for several weeks already.
Northview athletes have already competed in the indoor track season with a couple of NSR qualifying meets along with the Greencastle High School Invitational. The first outdoor meet on Wednesday was canceled after Tuesday's snowfall.
Plenty of talent returns to both the track and field events for Northview with a handful of regional qualifiers on the boys side coming back and top candidates for this year's regional on the girls side.
Beginning with the field events, the Knights have talent on both sides as Neil Vanatti and Nick Gebert are both back in throwing events and both Ashley Davis and Ashley McDonald return on the girls side.
Vanatti qualified for the regional in both the shot and discus events and already has surpassed his own school record in the shotput during the indoor season and Gebert is a regional discus qualifier as well. Vanatti's throw of 51-11 1/4 in indoor competition is ninth best in the state this year. Joe Evinger comes in this year and has displayed the ability to add serious depth to the Northview cause.
Davis and McDonald were a troublesome duo for opposing throwers last year and McDonald has already registered a personal best in the shot this year. Davis brings state capability to both throwing events and was 22nd in the state finals last year with a throw of 113-2 in the disc.
Track newcomer Kaley Huffman has currently taken over the longjump responsibilities from the graduated Kelsey Scroggins and has shown the ability to contribute strongly in the sprinting events as well. She was the quickest of the Knights in the 55 meters in Greencastle, placing sixth and both Andrea Thomas and Elle Kleiber will also be counted on. Thomas and Renee Leslie teamed in the 100 meters last year and Leslie joined Hannah Hunter to run the 200 for the Knights.
Hunter has already improved her 200 time from last year's sectional and Huffman has also been running well in the event.
On the boys side, Devon Chamberlain returns for his senior season with plenty of help in the sprints.
Chamberlain qualified for the regional in the 200 last year and teamed with Broc Miller, Jamie Bays and Brian Walden on the regional 4X100 squad. He also ran a leg during the 4X400 team with Cody Jones, Brodee Miller and the graduated Ryan Thompson.
Last season, Chamberlain and Jones were both 100 meter standouts for the Knights while this year, Shaun Hardey has already made an impression by finishing just behind Chamberlain in the 55 at Greencastle.
In the middle distances, Jared Timm and Zach Sanabria will help spread out the load in the 400 meters for Northview and in the 800 Drew White has joined with Hank Weishaupt early in the season. Hunter Reberger and Landry Moore were 800 runners for Northview last year.
For the girls, Brittney Spugnardi has gotten the early time in the 800 with youth making up the remainder of the distance group for Northview.
Gone is Emily Pugh, who has taken her talents to the Indiana State program, but Northview adds in freshmen Allie True and Cassandra Barnett along with sophomore Jennifer Jeffers and junior Abby Birkey has joined the squad as well.
State cross country qualifier, James Grounds, leads the Northview boys distance squad along with freshman Chris Smith. Another freshman, Ryan Lutes, adds more depth for the Knights in the 1,600 and 3,200 meter events. Logan Wegner, Eli Kirby and E.C. Moody will also contribute for the Knights.
In other field events for Northview, Robert Van Buren has been a part of long jumping for the Knights early this year with Jared Timm and Jamie Bays also experienced in the event. In the high jump, Brodee Miller and Van Buren will both be contributors.
Northview's next scheduled track meet will be at Owen Valley on April 6.