The Evergreen track and field program has its sights set on greener pastures in 2017.
The Viking girls are shooting to finish as one of the NWOAL’s top teams. They finished fourth at the leauge tournament a year ago.
“We are projecting ourselves to do well overall,” said head coach Jared Walker. “The competition we face this year during the season will help us for league.”
Leading returnees are seniors Alyssa Noe and Amelia Kennedy; juniors Bailie Sutter and Courtney Krieger; and sophomores Sarah Schwan, Jade Stiles and Olivia Kennedy.
They also add newcomers Asia Gensch, Savannah VanOstrand, Alex Gillen, Emily Kerekes, Nicole Brand, Naomi Brand, Emily Pember, Ashley Garlick, Katie Fritsch and Trinity Welch.
The Vikings will not have to replace any girls off last year’s team.
Strengths for the girls include hurdles, distance and sprints according to Walker. Their main weakness lies in the high jump event.
“We are projecting a finish in the top half of the league,” said Walker on the NWOAL race. “A top three finish is very possible if things fall into place. Wauseon and Archbold will be at the top of the league.”
The boys team returns sophomores Hunter Van Wert, Hunter Svoboda, Kyle Smith, Jace Jenkins and Colton Pawlaczyk; along with juniors Grant Donnald and Nick Harsen. They are adding newcomers Ben Schwan, Kyle Bowser, Alex Majewski, Jack Krispin, Drew Donnald, Reece Serna, Shane Ruetz and Chandler Ruetz.
The Vikings will be looking to fill the production left behind by departed letter winners Sean Higgins, Peyton Pawlaczyk, Josh Laux, Tyler Coopshaw and Dylan Komisarek.
Their main strengths lie in the sprinting and distance events, while weaknesses lie in the high jump and hurdles.
“We look to finish in the top five in the league,” said Walker of the boys. “Wauseon, Archbold, PH (Patrick Henry) will be tough and should be up there for league.”
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010