Coach: Rick Baldridge, 28th season
2013: 4th in MAL
Returning Letterwinners: Seniors Tommy Arredonodo (jumps/sprints); Jacob Goble (throws); Bailey Griffin (hurdles); Evan Hyatt (distance); Ben Kromer (sprints); Kyle Swartz (throws). Juniors Alex Distel (mid-distance); Zach Logsdon (md/lj); Evan Rymer (hurdles/pv).
Others: Seniors Adam Hyatt (hurdles/distance); Anthony Miller (throws); Riker Scott (throws); Andrew Stopfel (throws). Sophomores Garman Wagner (throws); Jocosa Way (sprints/discus). Freshmen Brandon Black (throws); Dakota Conley (sprints); Trevor Cook (distance); Dylan Kincade (sprints); Daniel Patton (sprints); Jevyn Pratt (sprints/pv); Dylan Quail (sprints).
Outlook: Parks. Roads. Parking lots. There are plenty of places to run, but thanks to the weather, a track isn't one of them. For Carey assistant coach Stan Stombaugh, that's caused a problem when it comes to getting a look at the athletes out for this year's squad.
"All we're doing is running the park," he said. "We haven't even been on a track, not having an all-weather track. Running on the road, you just don't get a good look at what some of the kids can do."
But with some of the returners, it's well known what they can do.
Goble was a regional qualifier in the discus and Arredondo finished fifth at regionals in the high jump. Swartz returns after taking second in the MAL in the shot, leading Stombaugh to call the field events one of the strengths of the team.
"We should be pretty decent in field events, should be placing well," he said. "We should be decent in the relays too. We have four decent kids in 4x8 and 4x2, and hopefully the mile relay."
That group includes Kromer, Logsdon and Distel were on the regional qualifying 4x800 team last year and Kromer went to regionals in the 800.
Arredondo is penciled in on the 4x200 and 4x100 teams, while a pair of freshmen will also be counted on. Stombaugh points to Patton as someone that can help in the sprint events, while Cook, a state cross country qualifier, can help rack up points in the distance events.
Stombaugh says his team sits on both ends of the spectrum with really good kids on the top side, and some others that are inexperienced in the sport. But he says from what he's seen in practice, the team is working well together.
"This is a good group. Everyone's working together really well," he said. "The good throwers are working with the freshmen. We got some good seniors, a nice bunch."