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|LHS track and field teams building for future|
LAWRENCEVILLE - More than 40 Lawrenceville High School students are out for either the boys or girls track teams this spring, but only one is a senior.
That would be Jag Rich, a distance runner on the boys team. That would be Jag Rich, a distance runner on the boys team. The rest, LHS coaches hope, will return for at least one more season, making this a building year if there ever is one.
Junior Hannah Holmes, who re-wrote the record book in the distances races and participated in the state finals in the 3,200 a year ago, returns to the LHS girls team. The team is also bolstered by a large freshman class.
Second-year boys coach Chester Lewis has a large group of returnees, and features a large group of sophomores.
"It's been very positive," Lewis said of the Indians' early season practices. "We've got a young group this year, with only one senior, and we've been working hard. I'm really looking forward to the season and mentoring these young men."
Juniors out for the team are thrower Nick Clark, sprinters Zach Shoulders and Kasey Newlin and Tristan Davis, a hurdler and middle-distance runner.
The large sophomore class includes Will Fox (long jump, shot put), Dakota Chapman (throws), Kenny Waller (throws), Harry Loeb (sprints), Cody Steffey (jumps), Dylan Volkman (distance), Zane Green (throws), Ethan Moore (distance) and Zane Crossen (pole vault, shot put).
Throwers Austin Chapman and Andrew Piersen are part of a freshman class that also includes Seth Croslow (distance, throws), Daniel Salinas (sprints) and distance runners Jared Walker and Jake Seitzinger.
Coaches Michelle Bridges and Laura Seitzinger welcome more runners this season, which should provide benefits.
The Indians hope to field teams in all four relays this season, something they've not been able to do lately.
"That will be one of our goals this season," Bridges said. "We'd also like the girls who are coming back to improve on their personal bests from last year. Plus, this is one of the best freshman groups we've had in a long time and we're expecting them to contribute a lot."
Heather Holmes teams with twin sister Hannah to give the Indians a 1-2 punch in the distance races, while the other juniors are Jordan Walker (sprints, jumps) and throwers Kayla Potts, Emily Sutton and Emily Pargin.
Braylee Graman, a middle distance runner, leads a sophomore class that also includes thrower Lexie Gaither, Kelsey Goodwin (sprints, hurdles), thrower Jessica Dixon and exchange student Jasmine Liu (throws, jumps).
Freshman Brianna Mefford participated in the junior high state finals in the shot put a year ago and is joined by throwers Madison Decker, Brysa Lindsay and Shayla Lockhart and sprinters Annie Bellinger, Haylee Croslow, Brittany Clark, Victoria Stone, Lauryn Weger and Maritza Coronado.
The LHS teams will open the season Monday in a multi-team meet at Red Hill.
March 24 Red Hill, 4 p.m.
March 31 Marshall, 4 p.m.
April 2 Flora, 4 p.m.
April 5 ROBINSON, FAIRFIELD, 10 a.m.
April 14 Olney (girls), 4:30 p.m.
April 17 Paris, 4 p.m.
April 18 Robinson (girls), 4 p.m.
April 21 Red Hill, 4 p.m.
April 25 Olney (girls), 4:15 p.m.
April 28 Mt. Carmel, 4p.m.
April 29 Marshall, 4:30 p.m.
April 30 RED HILL, FLORA, 4 p.m.
May 2 Newton (boys), 4:30 p.m.
May 5 Newton (girls), 4:30 p.m.
May 5 Robinson (boys), 4 p.m.
May 12 Fairfield (boys), 4 p.m.
May 14 OLNEY, OBLONG, 4 p.m.
May 15 GIRLS SECTIONAL
May 22 Boys sectional