It is a sentiment that Ben Coy, Bluejays track head coach, will be preaching this season as the team gears up for the 2016-2017 campaign.
“For us to have a successful season we need guys who are going to step up and compete in multiple events,” he said.
Last year the team sent five boys to the state meet and Coy believes this year’s squad might close to double the number.
“I believe as a whole we have one of the best groups of 400 and 800 [meters] runners in the conference,” Coy said.
Spearheading the 4x400 team will be returning senior Adan Medina, and juniors Reece Dunlap and Alexis Garrido.
That team along with last year’s senior Jose Castellanos placed 13th overall at states with a time of 3:38.71.
Medina and Dunlap will also be looking to make a return to state after they combined for three individual state events. Medina competed in the 400 meter while Dunlap partook in both the 100 and 200-meter runs. Dunlap was also a qualifier in the 100 at last season’s Drake Relays.
Poised to join their 4x400 counterparts is the 4x800 team. Only two of the original four members are returning. Kaleb Olejniczak, sophomore, and Zachary Thompson, junior, will carry the torch left by seniors Jacob Thompson and Alex Long.
“When you have multiple guys that can run very good 400 and 800 times you can compete in many track meets,” Coy said.
Other Bluejays looking to add some excitement to an already experienced group of competitors are Juma Bushiri, Rashon Ivory and Brandon Kenyon, who Coy said have looked really strong so far this year.
“Physically I believe we can do it, it will be getting past that mental barrier and just going out and competing,” Coy said.