Lakeland head coach Joe Verellen had two runners reach the state meet last year.
Now he wants the whole team to go.
Jackson Grzymkowski, now a junior, ran a PR of 16:26 at last year’s state meet to finish 60th. Fellow junior Kyle Garbovits also went to state and finished in 102nd (16:44).
The Eagles have another runner on the team with prior state experience in senior Blake McComas. He was all-state as a sophomore, but he was hit by a car in March 2013, ruining his junior campaign.
Another senior, Trevor Learmont, qualified for states in track as part of the 3,200-meter relay squad in the spring.
Sophomore Zach Werth ran 9:56 for 3,200 last spring in track as well.
The five have been early standouts on a team Verellen is hoping can boast at least 10 runners who can finish the 5K in less than 17 minutes.
“Depth is huge for us this year,” Verellen said. “The guys have worked hard and put a lot of miles in this summer. I hope that they are able to cash in their efforts throughout the season.”
Waterford Mott won the division last year and finished runner-up to Milford at the state finals. The Corsairs are expected to be a force again this year.
“We hope to qualify for states as a team this year and give Waterford Mott a run for the division title,” Verellen said.
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