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Lakota Boys Track

March 28, 2014
The Advertiser-Tribune

Coach: Dave Ritter, fourth season.

2013: Ninth in MAL.

Returning letterwinners: Seniors Mac Flanagan (throws); Kevin Crowe (throws); Luke Baker (distance); Kevin Woodruff (sprints). Juniors Jon Moes (sprints); Drake Foos (sprints/field events); Isaac Ritter (sprints); Caleb Tolento (distance). Sophomores David Mason (sprints); Isaac Baker (distance); Patrick Shull (throws).

Others: Senior Julian Boose (HJ/sprints). Junior Seth Dauterman (throws). Freshmen Cory Ulmer (sprints); Gabe Boose (sprints).

Outlook: The Raiders will again battle small numbers, but experience does return, some of it after missing a year.

"Numbers haven't changed much, but where we're at as far as strength is different. We're just about the same in distance and middle distance. Most of the names haven't changed," coach Ritter said. "We're a year older and should be a year stronger and hopefully a year faster.

"Our strength for the boys is spread from the throws to the distance. Although not deep with numbers, we have very nice athletes in these areas," he said.

Tolento, Luke Baker, Isaac Ritter and Moes are back after placing eighth in the 4x800 at the district meet.

Crowe returns after reaching the regional in both the shot - he was district runner-up - and discus.

The sprinting corps will be bolstered by the return of Julian Boose, who took a break during his junior season, and Woodruff, who missed most of last year with a broken heel.

"I expect [Woodruff] to do something in the sprints this year and be part of the relay, which will strengthen the relay," coach Ritter said.

A handful of other athletes will fill out the roster, including a half dozen freshmen, but since the Raiders will struggle to fill each event, coach Ritter said they will have pick and choose where to score the most points possible.

"Our team numbers are terrible right now. It's been kind of a down trend," he said.

"When you've got that many events to fill, it'd be nice to have better numbers," he said. "I can understand what some of the coaches at the smaller schools can go through."



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