Coach: Kim Cousin.
2013: Eighth in NBC.
Returning letterwinners: Seniors C.J. Matheny (mid-distance/distance); Kaleb Danko (HJ); Voshon Cousin (LJ/ sprint relays). Junior Rayshon Martin (LJ/mid-distance). Sophomores C.J. Twinning (HJ/sprint relays); Gabe Thompson (throws).
Others: Seniors Micah Randall; Keegan Green; Caleb Peace; Kaleb Gooding; Peter Nunez. Junior Jimmy Cooper. Sophomores Blake Bush; Christian Bailey; Kyle Kreh; Quentin Bunley; Tyree Ticey; Chase Garcia; Aquiles Estrada (distance); Elias Velasquez; Dylan Weimerskirch; Cruz Betancourt. Freshmen Jayden Stanton (HJ/sprints); DaeMeir Johnson; Tysen Latanasibounluang (mid-distance); Zach Jimison; Jaycee Fuerstenau; Skylar Cramer (sprints); Brady Fisher (sprints/mid-distance); Zach Blanton; Corey Gavin (distance); Jordan Bunley.
Outlook: It's not as if Fostoria doesn't have veterans or upperclassmen, it's just that the Redmen are youth-heavy this year. And that's not necessarily bad, coach Cousin said.
"Our numbers are great and we will have an opportunity to fill all the events. The freshmen we are gaining were standout athletes during their junior high experience," she said.
"They've had that experience of going further, so they know what it is to take it to the state level," she said of the freshmen. "I tell them they're going to be competing now against higher-ranked kids because you're going to be going against seniors now. The age difference is going to make a big difference, but they seem to have a good attitude. They're excited about the upcoming season. I'm just hoping that excitement carries over to when we get out there and start competing."
Twenty-two of the team's 32 athletes come from the freshman and sophomore classes, but there will be experience to lead them.
Matheny, who also ran cross country, returns after reaching the regional last year in the 800.
However, he's the only returning letterwinner for the boys with distance experience. Four of the other five veterans are sprinters and jumpers and the fifth is thrower.
Coach Cousin said she would like to see her letterwinners more spread out among the events because of the leadership they'll have to provide.
"The ones that we do have, they have a big job to do," she said. "They have to make sure that kids stay on task, they have to make sure they're good leaders for them."
And while the youth will bring challenges, they will also add a lot of needed depth, coach Cousin said.
"Showing up at NBC's is going to really be an eye-opener for some of the teams in the league. The boys should do well at relay meets," she said. "Not only that, we are going to have a decent number of guys that we will see and hear about in the individual events, as well as team [events]."