Evergreen’s track and field team will have low numbers compared to other schools in the NWOAL, but there is a lot to be encouraged about.
On the girls side, the Vikings return three letter winners and also add four newcomers.
Their main strength is in hurdles where they have a pair of athletes back.
However, they do lose junior Alyssa Noe to injury. Noe qualified for state in the 400 meter dash and was a regional placer in the 100m and 200m in 2015.
“Our team is very small, but (we) return some experience in hurdles and throws,” said girls track coach Terry McIntosh. “Losing Alyssa Noe, the returning league champ in the 100, hurts too. She also scored in other events too, so replacing her will be difficult. Bailie Sutter and Amelia Kennedy return in the hurdles, where they both scored very high (at the league tournament). Sarah Schwan comes in to help in distance where she could score in (the) league. Deziree Jacobs returns also in shot put. We will be very competitive, just the lack of depth will hurt.”
The Vikings will also have to replace departed letter winners Taylor Fuller and Shawna Siefker (regional placer). They will look for production out of newcomers Sarah Schwan, Jade Stiles, Olivia Kennedy, and Emily Wheeler.
The boys team loses no one from last season and returns six letter winners.
Back for the boys are Josh Laux, Dylan Komisarek, Tyler Coopshaw, Peyton Pawlaczyk, Tyler Noe, and Sean Higgins.
“I think our sprints will be very competitive even though we are very young. Our team is very young with only four seniors, one junior, and the rest freshman and sophomores,” said boys coach Jared Walker. “Our throws (should be strong) with Tyler Coopshaw back after placing fourth in the shot put (in the NWOAL). Dylan Komisarek returns for us in distance and will look to place in the league meet after finishing top 10 last year in the mile. Josh Laux is back in hurdles after placing at the league meet last year.”
The boys team will be strongest in sprints and throws according to Walker. Their weaknesses lie in distance, as well as overall team depth.
Both coaches point to two teams in the league as being ahead of everyone else.
“Archbold and Wauseon will once again be very tough,” noted Walker. “The league should be competitive, especially in the sprints.
“LC will be strong in distance so it should make for a very good league meet. We have the ability to make a run in the middle of the pack.”
“Archbold and Wauseon will be strong again,” added McIntosh. “Archbold returns a lot of sprinters and Wauseon has depth in sprints and hurdles. Liberty Center also returns athletes in distance. Delta will be strong in hurdles also.
“The league meet will be very competitive and make for a great Friday night.”
Max Householder can be reached at 419-335-2010