CAMDENTON GIRLS

From Head Coach John McNabb:

Class/District: Class 4, District 5

2016 Finish: The Lady Lakers finished 5th in the Ozark Conference, 3rd in districts and 10th at state

Moved/Graduated Athletes: Maisy Borden, Charley Blair and Stefanie Baker

Top returners and any accolades: Defending 300-meter hurdle state champion Kylie Meier, All-State 300-meter hurdler Natalie Basham, Grace Wormek who competed in the state 100 and 200-meter dash and long/triple jumper Mariah Hadfield who qualified for sectionals

Q: What are you looking forward to as your team returns for the 2017 season?

A: This team should improve upon our conference and district placing over last year’s finishes. It is always exciting to see returning athletes improve over last season’s performances. Several returners look to have improved their abilities over the offseason.

Q: Are there any definite strengths with this team at this point in time?

A: Strengths of this team should be in both hurdle races, the sprints and sprint relays and the jumps, especially the long and triple.

Q: As the season goes along, what are you hoping the team can improve upon?

A: Areas where we hope to improve include all the throwing events, middle-distance races and the 4x400 relay. We will also need to improve our depth in all events.

Q: Are there any specific goals and what would you say the keys to success are for this year?

A: We always want to compete for the conference and district championships. We also want to get as many athletes as we can to the state track meet. Keys for the season are athletes continuing to work hard and improve. Track is a unique sport in that every athlete has the chance to show measurable improvement as they compete during the season.

CAMDENTON BOYS

From Head Coach Nick Bruck:

Class/District: Class 4, District 5

2016 Finish: The Lakers finished sixth in districts and 27th at state with senior Alec Burris and sophomore Todd Simpson making All-State in the triple and long jump.

Moved/Graduated Athletes: Alec Burris

Top returners and any accolades: Todd Simpson, Zack Wise, Braxton Shamburg, Zack Howery, Dyllan Decker, Nick Salsman, Coleman Roberts, Jacob Hill, Lincoln McGuire, Jay Griffin, Jackson Ezard, Alex Amsberg, Seth Harris, Gabe Kurtz, Andrew Butts, Kyler Wilson, Chris Morgan, Luke Eveland, Garrett Mason, Tristan Stark, Parker Ray, Zack Trusty, Marlin Briggs, John Gopar_Ortiz and Riley Head

Q: What are you looking forward to as your team returns for the 2017 season?

A: Last year’s 2016 track season was a huge success. The Laker boys qualified in four events at the state track meet. Alec Burris earned an eighth place medal in the triple jump and Todd Simpson earned a seventh place medal in the long jump. The 4x100 relay team of Zack Wise, Jay Griffin, Jake Hill and Simpson finished in 12th and Hill finished in 12th in the 100-meter dash.

This year’s 2017 track season will return a talented senior class. Zack Wise returns to a relay team that qualified for state. Braxton Shamburg and Zack Howery will anchor the throws and they have steadily improved each year. Expect to see Dyllan Decker attempt to throw the javelin in his senior year. Distance runners Nick Salsman and Coleman Roberts will be the core of the distance races.

There are a few returning juniors faster than Hill. Jacob will be returning after a state track meet appearance in the 100-meter dash and as part of the 4x100 meter relay team. Simpson will be a leading jumper in the area as well and add relay depth. Lincoln McGuire is expected to earn several medals in varsity meets this year after earning a few medals as a sophomore. Griffin contributed to a state 4x100 meter relay team and had success running the 200-meter dash as well. Jackson Ezard contributed to the relay teams and should be a “year faster” this season. Alex Amsberg battled injury, but, when healthy, contributed to our relay teams. Pole vaulter Seth Harris also battled injury and came through to earn several varsity medals.

Sophomore Gabe Kurtz improved all season in the pole vault and javelin and should contribute to team points in all varsity meets. Andrew Butts returns after qualifying for the sectional meet in the high jump. Kyler Wilson had success in the junior varsity meets and should help give the varsity relay teams some depth. Our hurdle races should be led by sophomores Chris Morgan and Luke Eveland. Distance runners Garrett Mason and Tristan Stark will run all varsity meets this year after a successful freshman year. Young throwers Parker Ray, Zack Trusty, Marlin Briggs and John Gopar-Ortiz will be a year stronger and better. Riley Head improved all season in the jumps, so we have high expectations for him this year.

With the talented, experienced group returning on the boys’ side, the Lakers should be strong once again. We hope to compete at the top of the district and conference level this spring in track and are anxious to get ready for spring weather and spring sports.

OSAGE GIRLS

From Head Coach Miriam Hill:

Class/District: Class 3, District 5

2016 Finish: Tied for 27th at state with junior Jordyn Bartlett making All-State after tying for eighth in the high jump

Moved/Graduated Athletes: Distance runner Gabrielle Hill, sprinter Skylar Webb and thrower Emily Abbott

Top returners and any accolades: Jordyn Bartlett, Clare Colonius, Rose Colonius, Kerrigan Gamm, Cecilia Verslues, Micah Hill and Karlie Minnehan. All qualified for sectionals or state

Q: What are you looking forward to as your team returns for the 2017 season?

A: We had several athletes qualify last year for the sectional meet and then state. Most of those girls are returning which add strength to the team and hopefully the continued success that they saw last year in their respective events.

Q: Are there any definite strengths with this team at this point in time?

A: Our strength will be in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, hurdles, sprint relays, high jump, javelin, 800-meter dash, 1600-meter and 3200-meter.

Q: As the season goes along, what are you hoping the team can improve upon?

A: We need to improve on our depth. We have a strong freshmen group that will fill in the holes from last year and are starting to show their abilities based on their work ethic these last three weeks.

Q: Are there any specific goals and what would you say the keys to success are for this year?

A: Our goal is to be conference and district champions as a team and for each individual athlete to improve their personal records set from previous years. The key to our success will be the base that we have established these past three weeks and expanding on that base throughout the season.

OSAGE BOYS

From Head Coach Devin Johnson:

Class/District: Class 3, District 5

2016 Finish: We finished with two all-state athletes in three different events. It was a good season that saw tremendous growth throughout our program. We look to continue the success that we had last year through this season. We finished 19th in the state track meet by scoring 12 points.

Moved/Graduated Athletes: Charles Kempf was second in state in the discus and Hayden Drace was a state qualifier in the long jump.

Top returners and any accolades: Jason Edwards was fifth in the state pole vault and second in the state javelin.

Q: What are you looking forward to as your team returns for the 2017 season?

A: I am really looking forward to how we progress as a team throughout the year. We have solid depth with 46 boys that are out for track this spring, so the fun part will be trying to put all of the pieces together to create the best team we can. I have loved our kids work ethic early this season and really look forward to being with these guys throughout the spring.

Q: Are there any definite strengths with this team at this point in time?

A: Right now I believe a big strength we have is our depth. We have a big team with a lot of kids that are wanting to try different events. We have the ability to be pretty deep in our relays and jumps.

Q: As the season goes along, what are you hoping the team can improve upon?

A: Like most teams, we are hoping to improve our speed and jumps and our consistency in our approach. Mentally we have to be consistent in how we approach each event. This group has shown that they are wiling to put in the work needed to improve, but one area we need to focus on is our mental approach.

Q: Are there any specific goals and what would you say the keys to success are for this year?

A: Our goal is really simple. We want to see consistent improvement throughout the year. The stopwatch and tape measurers rate our performance at each meet. As the season progresses we want to see improvement each week.

ELDON GIRLS

From Head Coach Tobby Eldridge:

Class/District: Class 3, District 5

2016 Finish: Tri-County Conference champions for the third straight year, district champions for the second straight year and tied for 27th at state

Moved/Graduated Athletes: We graduated a senior class that included state qualifiers like Vivian Partridge, Logan Reed, Sydney Prater and Rachel Leffert.

Top returners and any accolades: Madeline Partridge (4x400 relay state qualifier), Nicole Reynolds (4x400 relay state qualifier), Halle Herbert (4x400 relay, 300-meter hurdles and 4x100 relay state qualifier), Grace Baucom (4x100 relay, long jump and triple jump state qualifier), Hannah Ruark (javelin state qualifier), Haley Clifton (Shot put district champion), Libby Cochran, Jada Sullens, Macie Halderman, Rachel Hanks, Faith Parrent, Mariah Wardenburg, Haley Thompson, Alyssa Neighbors

Top newcomers: Lauren Imler should make an impact with her 400-meter dash and 800-meter dash; Kenzi Bustamante will have a chance to do well in the shot put and discus and Anna Herbert will be a good hurdler.

Q: What are you looking forward to as your team returns for the 2017 season?

A: We will have tremendous leadership with this year track team. This leadership should help us compete well in conference and districts.

Q: Are there any definite strengths with this team at this point in time?

A: We have returned a large number of athletes that have had experience at the sectional and state track level.

Q: As the season goes along, what are you hoping the team can improve upon?

A: We hope to continue to help girls become high character individuals who love to compete for themselves and for their team.

Q: Are there any specific goals and what would you say the keys to success are for this year?

A: Health is always crucial. If we are able to stay healthy, we should be able to make a run for a fourth straight conference championship, along with a third straight district title.

Our previous three seasons have been some of the most successful in school history. The returners that we have combined with our new athletes should help us to be strong once again. We look forward to making an impact at district and sectionals and hope to achieve a top 10 finish at the state meet.

ELDON BOYS

From Head Coach Shannon Jolley:

Class/District: Class 3, District 5

2016 Finish: Tri-County Conference Champions and 11th at state

Moved/Graduated Athletes: Levi Shinn, Zach Schaeffer and Ryan Bennett

Top returners and any accolades: Trenton Dillon (state relay qualifier), Jacob Whittle (state relay qualifier) and Caleb Cotton (distance)

Q: What are you looking forward to as your team returns for the 2017 season?

A: I am looking forward to watching our kids progress from day one. We will need to be patient early to find the best event placement for our athletes. I am looking forward to a great group of young men putting it all together at the right time for another great season.

Q: Are there any definite strengths with this team at this point in time?

A: Our strengths will be in our sprint relays again this season.

Q: As the season goes along, what are you hoping the team can improve upon?

A: I am just looking for daily improvement and tremendous work ethic. Our field events could possibly start slow, but I am confident we will be ready when it counts at the end of the season.

Q: Are there any specific goals and what would you say the keys to success are for this year?

A: My goal is to develop all of our young men on the track and in the classroom as well. Our keys will be our ability to strive for delayed gratification.

VERSAILLES GIRLS

From Head Coach Mark Garcia:

Class/District: Class 3, District 7

2016 Finish: Versailles finished 24th at the state meet

Moved/Graduated Athletes: Kaylee Howard

Top returners and any accolades: Tessa Edgar (3-time state qualifier) and Allison Taylor (state qualifier as a freshman last year)

Q: What are you looking forward to as your team returns for the 2017 season?

A: This is my fifth year with the track program here in Morgan Country and first as the head coach. I can honestly say this is the most talented squad I have seen from top to bottom on both the boy's and girl's side. This year we are looking toward building a program with increased numbers of athletes, and with continuity among coaches. This year we are trying to make sure that all of the coaches from the middle school level to the high school level are all on the same page and are working together, and so far I feel we are doing a great job coordinating workouts and communicating.

Q: Are there any definite strengths with this team at this point in time?

A: Depth in each event is a big strength we have this year. We have a huge increase in the number of sprinters and jumpers we have this year. We have a lot of 9th grade girls this year we are going to lean on to score points and fill gaps in our lineups that we have had the past few years. We have Keely Gustafson, who is only a freshman, and could help us all the way from the 100-meter to the 800-meter and on relays. We have Adaya Comer who is a freshman that is one of our best sprinters so far in practice. Lauryn Shewmaker is another freshman who could help us in the longer sprints. And we also have some upperclassmen who are not only looking to improve upon good past seasons, but who are also becoming leaders who are helping our freshmen grow and learn in practice. Tessa Edgar is going to be a force for us in the high jump, short sprints, and relays. If us coaches can keep her healthy, Allison Taylor may be All-State this year as a sophomore. Even areas where we did not score points last year such as hurdles, looks stronger this year with incoming freshmen Gracie Hamrick and Allison Foley. I would definitely say youth and depth are our strengths this year, and that will probably show most in our sprints.

Q: As the season goes along, what are you hoping the team can improve upon?

A: As the season progresses I hope that we can improve upon our times, our preparation in practice and our ability to make adjustments where adjustments are needed (both as coaches and as athletes).

Q: Are there any specific goals and what would you say the keys to success are for this year?

A: This year I have three goals for the girls’ team: improve in (nearly) every meet, have our girls team finish in the top half of our conference and qualify more girls to the sectionals and state meet this year.

VERSAILLES BOYS

From Head Coach Broc Silvers:

Class/District: Class 3, District 7

2016 Finish: Versailles placed 11th at the district meet

Moved/Graduated Athletes: Jordan Jeffries and Ethan Carden

Top returners and any accolades: Shane Randall, Kooper Wilson, Chase Hyman, Kendall Reger, Jonathan Miller, Adrain Buehler and newcomer Coby Williams

Q: What are you looking forward to as your team returns for the 2017 season?

A: This is my first year as a track coach. That being said, we are a deeper boys team this year than in the past four years I have been at Versailles. We will have quality varsity competitors in every event this year, which should allow us to compete at a higher level as a team this year.

Q: Are there any definite strengths with this team at this point in time?

A: Our distance program has the most stability. We also have a lot of people returning in our jumps this year.

Q: As the season goes along, what are you hoping the team can improve upon?

A: Our relays and throws have a lot of new faces and I think we will see them improve as the season goes on.

Q: Are there any specific goals and what would you say the keys to success are for this year?

A: We want to increase our team points total at the conference and district meet. Achieving that goal may or may not increase our standing in the team standings, but allow us to show improvement as a team this year. (We finished 7th last year in the conference meet).

MACKS CREEK PIRATES

From Head Coach Kevin Powell:

Class/District: Class 1, District 5

2016 Finish: With only four athletes competing in the 2016 district, we did not place high as a team. However, we had individual athletes do very well. Braden Bowman, a sophomore, placed fourth in the 100-meter dash and qualified for sectionals. He then went on to qualify for state in the 100-meter dash and placed 16th in the state.

Moved/Graduated Athletes: We had one senior graduate from 2016, Vanessa Cortez. She threw the shot put and competed in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. She was very consistent and will be missed in 2017.

Top returners and any accolades: We have two top returners: Xabier Montez (senior) and Braden Bowman (junior). Xabier has been a solid contributor in the discus (Personal Record of 107') and the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. Braden, as mentioned above, is a state qualifier in the 100-meter dash. He also competes in the 200-meter dash and the high jump, where he has set personal records in each over the last year.

Q: What are you looking forward to as your team returns for the 2017 season?

A: The returning athletes have been putting in extensive training so I am excited to see the culmination of that training. I am also excited about the freshman class coming in. Though we will not have a large contingent, there are some good athletes. Kaiedon Bentch, Cody Thompson, Tyler Rea, Jonathan Ramirez, and Jacob Wilson will be solid contributors for us moving forward.

Q: Are there any definite strengths with this team at this point in time?

A: Work ethic is a strength of ours. The guys have a desire to improve every day at practice. They are excited about competing at the high school level. The experience our two returners bring allows them to mentor this new group and fuels the excitement even more.

Q: As the season goes along, what are you hoping the team can improve upon?

A: First, I am hoping the training now will keep us healthy throughout the season. Eventually, I would like to see consistency in the freshmen. In track, that can be very difficult. Experience will help them and hopefully this will be a strength down the road.

Q: Are there any specific goals and what would you say the keys to success are for this year?

A: We try to keep the goals simple. Obviously, our first goal is to improve every day. Second, we want to be consistent in our performances from meet to meet. Each individual, especially the returnees, will strive to set new personal records throughout the season. If we could do that, the team points will continue to rise. Lastly, Braden and Xabier would like to qualify for sectionals in the 100-meter dash and discus, respectively. I know Braden would like to compete for the state championship in the 100-meter dash.