The Swanton track and field teams will be relatively inexperienced entering the season, but do return some key members from the 2019 squads.
Leading the way for girls will be a pair of high jumpers. Seniors Jasmin Kenzie and Avril Roberts return for the Bulldogs after finishing as champion and runner-up at the 2019 Northwest Ohio Athletic League meet.
Both were also regional qualifiers in the high jump.
Samantha Taylor is also back in the throwing events. She was third in the NWOAL in the discus and a regional qualifer. She was also a placer in the shot at both the league and district meets.
In the middle distance events, both Macy Pawlowicz and Brooke Dockery return for their junior seasons.
Dockery was a regional qualifier in the 800m and 4×800 relay. Pawlowicz was also on the regional qualifying relay team.
Letter winners lost include Bobbie Oberle, Grace Oakes, Brooke Oberle, and Audrey Szalapski.
“We are very young, but experienced in jumps, throws, and mid distance, and will rely on our returning letter winners to guide us in hopes of competing well and getting better as the season progresses,” said Coach Kristina Newman.
Newcomers to watch include sophomores Lillian Alfsen in sprints, relays and jumps; Megan Haselman in sprints and relays; Katie Floyd in throwing events; Lexi Taylor in distance events; and Bailey DeKoeyer in middle distance.
On the boys side, three letter winners are back.
Senior Blaine Pawlowicz is back in middle distance events. He was part of the 2019 regional qualifying and league runner-up 4×800 relay team and placed in the league meet at 800 meters.
Senior Blake Szalapski is also back after placing seventh in the long jump at the 2019 league meet. He will also run middle distance events.
Junior Lathan Pawlowicz returns in sprints and relays.
Garrett Bradish is a letter winner lost from last year.
Newcomers to watch include sophomores Kayden Davis in jumps and middle distance; Kamon Molina, hurdles; Xander Wiemken, jumps and middle distance; Bryce Marvin, throws; Nathan Vance, middle distance; and Cole Mitchey in sprints and jumps.
“We are very young and will rely on our returning lettermen to guide us in hopes of competing well and getting better as the season progresses,” said Coach Ryan Borer.
Both the boys and girls teams will be competing in Division II this season.