The track and field team at Glen Este High School is not large, but it’s capable of putting up large numbers.
Several of coach Ray Prueitt’s squad were active in indoor meets led by juniors Jacob Hamilton and Austin Snyder. Hamilton has soared 13’ 6” indoors in the pole vault and was Eastern Cincinnati Conference second team last season. Snyder was honorable mention in the shot put.
The Trojans also feature junior sprinter Brandon Holloway, junior field event performer Josh Stotler and senior Max Frisch.
“We have a strong core of juniors and seniors that work hard and support each other,” Prueitt said. “Our numbers will increase this year, allowing us to compete in more events and score more points as a team.”
After the Kings quad meet March 31, Glen Este is at Blanchester April 9.
Coach Shelby Pride’s New Richmond boys were second in the Southern Buckeye Conference-American Division just behind Western Brown a year ago. The Lions lost Runner of the Year Pierce Burnam to graduation, but do return Miles Burnam in the hurdles as a senior.
“Over the last four years he has really perfected his craft in going over the hurdles,” Pride said. “He has really good technique and is really fast.”
The Lions return several all-league performers and have added some new shot put and discus candidates from the football team (and basketball team) that might add some valuable points in meets. Pride also has added depth in the sprint races, particularly the 200 and 400 meters.
“We’ve had a few freshman that have come up and will help out,” she said.
Leading the distance crew are seniors Bobby Bingham and Charlie Spicker. In the pole vault are senior Tyler Anderson and junior Erik Anderson and both double as sprinters where they join another brother, Derik Anderson.
Pride’s Lions have already met with Western Brown this season and she figures on several encounters this season.
“I feel like it’s always going to come down to a footrace at the end,” she said.
One of the highlights of the season is April 14-15 when the Lions host the New Richmond Invitational. Prior to that, they’ll host the New Richmond Relays April 7.
Rick McMullen, a veteran Amelia coach, returns to take over the boys track team this spring after a 10-year absence. He previously coached track at Amelia for 17 years.
Returning starters for the Barons are seniors Cameron Behymer and Aaron Krebiehl and sophomore Blake Boykin.
Behymer was a Southern Buckeye Conference-American Division all-star and was fourth in the league in shot put and second in discus. Krebiehl was sixth in the 110 high hurdles and sixth in discus, while Boykin was 11th in the long jump.
Assisting McMullen and girls coach Amy Kemmer is Mark Thomas and throwers coach Ryan Danehy.
“With the decrease in pay-to-play fees, we have over 40 kids on the team this year,” McMullen said. “We feel we can be competitive in the league this year. The kids work hard and are looking forward to the season.”
Amelia will be at Georgetown April1 and at the New Richmond Invitational April 14-15.
First-year Batavia head coach Aaron Brose knows what he’s up against going into this sesaon and admitted it will be tough going up against the Western Browns and the New Richmonds of the conference.
But, with one eye to the future and one on the present, Brose said he likes what his has coming back.
The Bulldogs return a pair of runners in senior Ryan Cooper and Dylan Young who had success during the cross country season. Cooper, a first-team all-SBAAC American Division runner, will run sprints and middle distances.
Junior Andrew Truske will also run sprints and middle distances.
Young, a sophomore, was a second-team all-SBAAC runner and an athlete Brose pointed to as a leader on the team.
In addition to that foundation, Brose said he liked the freshmen coming into the program and believes they could contribute this season.
“I like what we have,” the coach said. “We have a good group of kids.”
Williamsburg also returns a strong core of runners for head coach Chris Rolph, which may help offset the overall youth of the team.
The Wildcats will be led by Nathan Webb, KC Jones and Landen Ridener.
Webb, a senior, will run the sprint distances such as the 200 and 400. Rolph is counting on him to be strong at those distances as well as those relay distances.
Jones, the National Division’s cross country runner of year, has a chance to break the school records in the 1,600 and 3,200 this season.
They add Ridener, whom Rolph said “is extremely good in the long jump” and will run sprints as well.
On the weights, the Wildcats feature Kurt Meisberger.
“He’s a brute in the weight room. He just doesn’t have the technique down quite yet,” Rolph said. “He’s just so explosive that we might even have him lead the 4×100.”
Last year, the McNicholas Rockets boys track and field team was stymied by its small number of participants.
Second-year head coach Kyle Jepson said the team couldn’t send a full complement of athletes to the district meet. This year, that changes a bit.
“This year, we’ve had a larger interest in track and field,” the coach said. “We’ll still be a very young team, but we should be vastly improved. It’ll be nice to be competitive again.”
Keeping the Rockets competitive will be senior thrower Will Allgeier, distance runners Jackson Durm and freshman Mason Elmer, junior sprinter Jonathon Wenzel and freshman pole vaulter Thomas Moore.
Allgeier and Moore are closing in on school records for the shot put and pole vault, respectively.
The Miami Valley Christian Academy track boys are coached by Steve Krebsfanger. Austin Privett and Adam Budzynski return as starters for the Lions.
MVCA will participate in the Deer Park Invitational on April 7. The coed squad will also be in the CCD Invitational April 11, the Reading Invitational April 24, the Seven Hills Invitational April 27, the Batavia Invitational April 29, the CHCA Invitational May 6 and CNE Invitational May 8.
ATHLETES TO WATCH
Glen Este junior Jacob Hamilton: Has cleared some of the top heights in the city and is coming off of a good indoor season.
Glen Este junior Austin Snyder: Like Hamilton has had much success and participated indoors in the winter.
New Richmond senior Miles Burnam: A first-team SBAAC-American hurdler.
New Richmond junior Austin Torrens: The 400-meter runner made SBAAC-American first team as a sophomore.
Amelia senior Cameron Behymer: Returning second-team SBAAC-American thrower.
Batavia senior Ryan Cooper: A first-team all-SBAAC American division runner during the cross country, will run sprints and middle distances.
Batavia sophomore Dylan Young: Was a second-team all-SBAAC runner and was one of the athletes head coach Aaron Brose pointed to as a leader on the team.
Williamsburg senior Nathan Webb: Will run the sprint distances such as the 200 and 400. Head coach Chris Rolph is counting on him to be strong at those distances as well as those relay distances.
Williamsburg sophomore KC Jones: Has a chance to break the school records in the 1,600 and 3,200 this season.
Williamsburg freshman Landen Ridener: Rolph said the freshman was extremely good in the long jump.