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Buckeye Central Track

March 28, 2014
The Advertiser-Tribune

Coach: Joe Wiles (boys), Joy King (girls)

2013: Boys eighth NCC, girls 10th NCC.

Returning letterwinners: Seniors Alec Baldosser; Graham Lewis; Stone Wurm. Juniors Karsen Kaple; Lane Sautter. Sophomores Carter Bishop; Brice Brenneman; Lizbeth Figueroa; Laura Metzger.

Others: Jacob Burton; Wyatt Kisor; Reid Martin; Ross Martin; Tim Showman; Wyatt Delarber; Avery Garberick; Derek Kalb; Trevor Reed; Mark Robertson; Owen Ackerman; Trenton Langjahr; Conner Lewis; Tyler Trapp; Wesley Stewart; Emma Breyley; Sydni Brown; Sydney Moore, and Lydia Shealy

Outlook: The Bucks have 32 athletes (23 boys and nine girls) between the teams, so depth is an issue. Winning dual meets will be difficult; however, according to Wiles, "We have a small team and we know it. Our team record is important, but it is more important that with the limited numbers we have, we get our strong individuals to perform well."

The girls have seven returning letterwinners led by senior distance runner Amy Rietschlin.

The strength of the boys team comes in the distance and long jump with veteran distance runners Stone Wurm, Graham Lewis, Alec Baldosser, and jumper Bryce Brenneman. Also back is junior Lane Sautter, taking the throwing for the Bucks.

Returning letterwinners also include Carter Bishop, Karsen Kaple, and Warren Wechter.

Wiles said the sprinters, for the most part, are a new group headed by Graham Lewis and Alec Baldosser.

"Lewis is a great role model and example to our younger class. His work ethic is undeniable," Wiles said. "Baldosser is another leader on our team that really sets the pace at practice each day. Our group looks up to these guys and we are coming together as a team."

After finishing eighth at conference championships last year, Wiles believes the focus has shifted from how the team finishes; to getting his athletes to regionals.

"As a team, we can get it done, but our numbers may affect our meet scores," Wiles said. "But, the athletes we do have are more than capable of achieving big things this season."

"The focus and the goal is getting certain kids to regionals in events we know they can strive in. At the end of the season, all of our hard work will show us where we are and where we need to be."



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