Swanton boys track and field loses some key pieces off last year’s squad, but they hope for others to step up in 2018.
“We will lean on our returning letter winners to lead us and as the season goes, compete well and get better each meet, hoping to make a solid tournament run,” said Bulldog boys coach Ryan Borer.
The Bulldogs will be without three-time state qualifier in the high jump, Gunnar Oakes, and two-time regional qualifier Jonny Shanks.
However, they return six letter winners for the upcoming season. Back for Swanton are Dylan Gilsdorf (high jump), Brett Bettinger (3200m), Anthony Howard (800m), Bruce Vidak (pole vault), Garrett Bradish (3200m) and Xavier Williams (100m).
Bettinger was a district placer in the 3200 a season ago, while Howard was a regional qualifier in the 800m.
“Our mid-distance and distance will be our strength, along with high jump,” explained Borer.
Newcomers to the squad are Eric Bettinger (sprints), Devon Crouse (long jump/sprints), and Josh Vance (high jump/mid-distance).
The Dogs look to steadily improve as the season goes on, leaving their best efforts for the Northwest Ohio Athletic League meet and beyond.
“We will compete and hopefully surprise people at the end of the season,” said Borer on his league outlook.
Swanton begins the season with a meet at Evergreen Tuesday, April 10 at 5 p.m.