Every team comes into their season hoping their mixture of experience and talent are just enough to take them to the next level.
For the Woodward-Granger Hawks’ track team the key to their success might also include their depth.
With the crop of young athletes last season, the Hawks made some successful strides, which their coaches hope will continue this upcoming season.
At the helm of this endeavour are head coaches Brent Achenbach and George Ashman. Each coach will handle different events but both feel confident their team will be impressive.
“Boys’ team has very good numbers so we have more depth,” Achenbach said. “We are looking for several kids to step up and lead us on meet nights.”
For the girls’ squad, Achenbach looks to his runners to lace it up against the competition and mentor the younger girls.
“Girls will be lead by our middle distance runners who have the most experience on the team,” he said.
Carrying that baton will be the 4x800 team including junior Katelyn Peters, senior Reagan Kaufman, and freshman Emma Drake.
“Peters is our top returning middle distance runner from last year,” Achenbach said. “Kaufman ran at state as a freshman. Drake is a freshman that has been leading the pack in a lot of our early mid-distance workouts.”
In the 800-meter run, Peters posted a personal best of 2:40.73 and along with Kaufman and two others recorded a season best 10:53.18 in the 4x800-meter relay.
It will be a combination of runners and a field competitor who the coaches are counting on to help lead the boys’ team.
“Sprints are young but have a lot of potential,” Achenbach said.
Juniors Brendan Bird, Ian Thompson and Chandler Cavanaugh might become the mentors their younger inexperienced teammates need.
Bird came off a solid season where he led the team in the discuss throw with a personal best distance of 123 feet and 6 inches.
Thompson takes over the soles of last year’s senior Johnnie Morgan. As the season progressed Thompson improved his 800 meter time, posting a personal best of 2:15.60 back on May 5, 2016.
Cavanaugh sprinted his way to two separate personal best times. A 11.90 in the 100-meter dash and a 25.04 time in the 200-meter dash.
“We have a lot of competition going on which should make us better,” Achenbach said. “A lot of new faces in the field events. It will be fun to see who steps up.”