Genoa’s Logan Bryer, and Woodmore’s Andrew Shrewsbury and Megan Pendleton return after qualifying to the state track meet last season.
Bryer was second in the discus (177 feet, 1 inch), Shrewsbury was fifth in the 200 and sixth in the 100, and Pendleton was 11th in the discus.
“I want to repeat going to state and become an overall, more consistent performer,” Bryer said. “I want to be a leader for my teammates as a junior. Just get more consistent and become a better thrower.
“I’m proud of what I did but I’m not done. I’m not the best thrower I can be. I can be a better thrower in the future.”
Bryer’s career best is a program-record toss of 189-10. His mentality has shifted so that he realizes it’s not about reaching 189 every time but simply consistency.
“I know I can throw that far,” he said. “I don’t push for that every time anymore. I just want to push my consistency out. It’s not about throwing (189). I want to throw far consistently and then PR at state.”
Bryer relishes the target on his back that comes with his recent success.
“I love it. I’ll get the best from everybody. I have a target so if someone is losing to me, they’re still throwing their best. When I win, I can say I beat opponents’ best performance.”
The Wildcats’ Allie Wank won the 800 in the Northern Buckeye Conference while the Comets’ Madison Sheahan took the 1,600. Woodmore’s Karli Keaton was second in the 400.
Oak Harbor’s Rebekah Rayburn was third in the 100 while Chris Tabbert was third in the 110 hurdles for the boys at the Sandusky Bay Conference Meet.
Port Clinton’s Brock Moore won the long jump in the SBC and qualified to regionals.
The Redskins’ Jessica Lorensen (pole vault) and Cody Smith (shot) advanced to regionals. Abbi Pitts and Hannah Weaver reached regionals on a relay.
Freshmen Athena Eli and Andrea Cecil (Oak Harbor), Courtney Burner (Woodmore) and Carly Gose (Genoa) are likely to be among those to have an impact as newcomers.
Coach: John McKitrick
2012 Finish: First in Sandusky Bay Conference
Returners: Seniors Allie Dombrowsky (100 and 300 hurdle), Jordan Giesler (throws), Sidney Allen (100 and 200) and Allie Dresser (800 and 1,600); juniors Cydney St. Clair (400) and Coral Petersen (hurdles); sophomores Rebekah Rayburn (100), Allie Jett ( 200), Ivy Martin (high jump), Jordyn Thorpe (high jump) and Addie Barton (long jump and pole vault).
Newcomers: Maria Boers (distance and hurdles), Lexie Kadlubowski (pole vault), Karis DeWalt (sprints), Jordyn Dunn (throws), Andrea Cecil (sprints and hurdles), Athena Eli (mid-distance), Tori Shiets (hurdles) and Paige Velliquette (sprints).
Graduates: Sinae Choe, Amber Moomey, Morgan Turnow and Katie Lowe.
Outlook: A total of 14 letterwinners return for a Rockets’ squad that was extremely consistent a year ago at placing girls in the top five. Allen was fourth in the 200 and fifth in the 100 last year in the SBC. Rayburn took third in the 100 while St. Clair was fourth in the 400 and Jett was seventh in the 200. Gephart was fourth in the 800 and runner-up in the 1,600 with Dresser going sixth in the 1,600. Barton took fourth in the long jump and sixth in the pole vault. Some combination of Eli, St. Clair, Dombrowsky, Cecil and DeWalt could comprise a strong 1,600 relay. “This year’s team will look to add a fourth consecutive SBC championship, but in order for us to do that we will have to prepare to compete against the conference’s top teams — (St. Mary Central Catholic), Port Clinton, Margaretta and Edison,” McKitrick said. “The team will look to strengthen relays with the addition of several new athletes.”
Coach: Seth Benner
2012 Finish: Fifth in SBC
Returners: Senior Abbi Pitts, Jessica Lorensen, Tori Koebel; juniors Kayleigh Householder, Claire Zielinski; sophomores Hannah Weaver, Kiya Brown.
Outlook: Lorensen qualified to regionals in the pole vault last season. “Returning Jessica in the pole vault will be our bright spot in the field events,” Benner said. The Redskins graduated 12 seniors from last year’s team. “On the track we have some members of the cross country team that will solidify our distance team. I am looking for some good things from our young up-and-coming sprinters.” Pitts and Weaver ran on a 3,200 relay that broke the program’s 20-year old record and qualified to regionals. “With three seniors and three juniors, and only 23 on the roster, there will be holes in the lineup,” Benner said. “The girls are working hard and hopefully they can put together a successful season.”
Coach: Randy Grosjean
2012 Finish: Fifth in Northern Buckeye Conference
Returners: Karlie Borowicz, Nicole Blausey, Emily Novotney, Jodi Bays, Jordyn Kreager, Nicole Dominique, Madison Sheahan, Hannah Verdugo
Graduates: Missy Clough, Alysa Malcolm, Jane Schlievert, Bethany Skees
Outlook: Grosjean takes over as head coach for both of Genoa’s teams. The girls team is a youthful group with 14 freshmen and sophomores and just four juniors and seniors. Karlie Borowicz (shot/discus) and Nicole Blausey (high jump/long jump) look to break out as seniors. Distance will be a strength for the Comets with the return of NBC 1,600 champion sophomore Madison Sheahan and the addition of frehsman Carly Gose, who qualified to state in cross country in the fall.
Coach: Brian Ryman
2012 Finish: Seventh in NBC
Returners: Seniors Karli Keaton (middle distance/jumps), Megan Pendleton (throws), Mikayla Baer (throws); juniors Allie Wank (middle distance), Sarah Alexander (sprints/hurdles); sophomores Makayla Datkun (throws) and Kanna Sasscer (distance)
Newcomers: Freshmen Courtney Burner (distance), Sarah Blausey (sprints), Brittany Brugger (throws), Claudia Chavez (throws)
Graduates: Taylor Avers, Olivia Czeczele, Cassandra Heidebrink
Outlook: Pendleton was 11th in the discus at state, Wank won the 800 at the NBC meet and Keaton was second in the 400. “With seven returning letter winners, we have some talent,” Ryman said. “And those returning athletes are spread out among the events so we are counting on their performances as well as leading our talented group of younger athletes. Our better numbers this season should give us some needed depth in events and help fill out some relay teams.”
Coach: Drew Wicks
2012 Finish: Third in TAAC
Returners: Seniors Kelsey Clemons, Andrea Dodd, Mollie Knighton; juniors Alyssa Almendinger, Katie Almendinger, Erin Lavelle, Lindsay Mark, Alexis Williams, Tori Wright; sophomores Lauren Kalinoski, Ally Kennedy, Megan Stephens.
Newcomers: Juniors Jetta Gerber, Caitlynn Thompson; freshmen Bri Adams, Ciarra Bly, Alexis Dayton, Shelby Edwards, Gina Moravec
Graduate: Kyleigh Hemmer
Outlook: Wicks takes over as head coach for both of Danbury’s teams. Clemons returns from a knee injury that forced her to miss the basketball season. “We are looking to remain competitive in the conference with so many girls returning from last season’s team,” Wicks said. “A strong junior and senior class, complimented well with some talent among the sophomore and freshman classes should provide for some competitive meets. There is potential of some regional qualifiers after some performances last season.” Wright qualified to the district finals in the shot. Gibsonburg and Toledo Christian are the preseason conference favorites.
Coach: Andy Augsburger
2012 Finish: Sixth in SBC
Returners: Seniors Chris Tabbert (hurdler and sprinter) and Zach Seaman (middle distance); juniors Cliff Biggert (sprinter), Aaron Hopkins (thrower) and Elijah Klenk (thrower); sophmores Cole Weirich (sprinter and jumper), Tyler Sievert (distance and middle distance), Tim Poiry (distance and middle distance), Jake Wistinghausen (distance) and Brandon Schimming (sprinter).
Graduates: Jake Hetrick, Nick Bowlick and Michael Hasselbach.
Outlook: The Rockets struggled in 2012, as youth and inexperience took over the roster. Tabbert, a senior, was the top finisher in last season’s SBC championships, taking third in the 110 hurdles. “With a good group of senior leaders and talented underclassmen, this year’s team aims to improve on performances in every meet,” Augsburger said. “We do have some talented throwers coming through the program. Our team will be mostly composed of younger athletes but many of them have a goal to be competitive in any meet.”
Coach: Seth Benner
2012 Finish: Seventh in SBC
Returners: Seniors Robert Beck, Cody Smith, Jonathan Youngbar; juniors Brock Moore, Peter Ladd, Jimmy Olsen; sophomores Ty Gallogly, Justyn Holmes, David Leone, Keegan Lowe, Nick Reineck, Jack Warner
Outlook: Moore, the Redskins top scorer last season, qualified to regionals and was SBC champ in the long jump while Smith advanced to regionals in the shot last year. “He will also be a major contributor on the track,” Bennere said of Moore. “Cody would have been a state qualifier in any other region.” Benner said the team has the potential to improve in the conference. The boys have a well-rounded team except for pole vault. “We have a good balance of track and field,” Benner said. “We’ll see if the offseason work of some of them will hold up throughout the season.”
Coach: Randy Grosjean
Returners: Kyle Farrell, John Takas, Jared Lesniewicz, Ben Bricker, Logan Bryer, Nick Mortensen, Austin Schnabel
Graduate: Jaron Bintz
Outlook: The team will look to veterans such as Logan Bryer and Trey Fairchild to lead by example. Both competed this past winter during the indoor season. Bryer finished the indoor season with a sixth-place finish in the shot and a fourth-place finish in the weight at the state tournament. “The Comets will be a mixture of both experienced athletes and eager underclassmen,” Grosjean said. “With many underclassmen, there is great potential for growth within the program.”
Coach: Brian Ryman
2012 Finish: Sixth in NBC
Returners: Seniors Andrew Shrewsbury (sprints), Michael Travis (hurdles), Kaleb Perez (distance); juniors Dan Sprinski (jumps), Malachi Brown (sprints), Deric Anthony (middle distance), Jordan Buck (distance)
Newcomers: Freshmen Zach Sandwisch (sprints), Todd Williams (sprints), Dustyn Sprinski (jumps)
Graduates: Nathan Wright, Jacob Icsman
Outlook: Ryman will coach the girls and boys for the first time this season after serving as boys coach in 2009 and 2010. Shrewsbury was fifth in the 200 and sixth in the 100 at state last season. He holds the school record in each event. “We have eight returning letter winners to build around led by Shrewsbury in the sprints,” Ryman said. “We have a good blend of talented younger athletes and a veteran returning group who should combine to give us an improved team. We have more athletes out this season which should help our depth.”
Coach: Drew Wicks
2012 Finish: Sixth in Toledo Area Athletic Conference
Returners: Seniors Tyler Arquette, Chance Mackall; juniors Jim Chamberlin, Cooper Eller, Cody German, John McClellan, Austin Morin; sophomores James Dorko, Zach Ward.
Newcomers: Seniors Brandon Bahnsen, David Gast; sophomores Caleb Gerber, Tyler Waggoner; freshmen Eden Flynn, Marcus Funderwhite.
Graduates: Jacob Fultz, Ben Adams
Outlook: “We are looking to improve our standing in the conference,” Wicks said. German advanced to the conference finals in the 110 hurdles. “The addition of some new athletes will improve our team speed and depth.” Toledo Christian is the preseason conference favorite.