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Old Fort Boys Track

March 28, 2014
The Advertiser-Tribune

Coach: Tony Miller, 29 years.

2013: Seventh in the Midland Athletic League.

Returning letterwinners: Seniors Hunter Perry (HJ/LJ/sprints), Brad Bannister (mid-distance), Tito Lopez (sprints/relays). Juniors Matthew Kelbley (throws), Jon Miller (throws), Adam Alexander (PV/sprints), Elliot Phillimore (relays). Sophomore Marc Harris (sprints).

Others: Juniors Till Krueger (throws), Jeremiah Miller (distance). Sophomores Jacob Vandergriff (throws), Dylan Mowery (HJ/sprints). Freshmen Jacob Clark (distance/LJ), Hunter Davidson (hurdles), Eric Bell (PV/sprints), Hootie Cleveland (HJ/relays), Cole Manasian (distance/relays).

Outlook: No one is uppity on the Old Fort track team.

Not even Alexander. He may have a desire to get up higher but certainly not uppity.

Alexander, a state qualifier a year ago in the pole vault, leads a team that has more new faces than old.

He'd like more company at the state meet this spring and there are a number of people who could do so.

Bannister, Phillimore and Lopez were all on the 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams.

But there are some new faces who could make some noise too.

"Hootie Cleveland looks real good in the high jump and he was good in the high jump in junior high and he did some sprints," Miller said. "Jacob Clark has really stepped up well as well as Cole Manasian. Those three freshmen are going to make a dent."

Coach Miller said Kelbley and Miller have improved "immensely" in the throws and Perry looks a lot stronger in the high jump and long jump.

Those growth rates could mean a move up in the standings.

"I figure we'll be mid pack. I have 17 guys. They're hard workers but we don't have the depth like Hopewell-Loudon or Seneca East," coach Miller said. "Seneca East is a great team. I went against them when I ran. I'm sad to see the MAL dissolve the way it did. But things move on. I do believe Seneca East will win the league."

But there are individual goals to achieve as well.

"Individuals like Tito and Brad and Adam would definitely like to get back down and I'd like to see Hunter make that next step from regional to the state meet," Miller said. "As a team, they just want to do the best they can."



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