Ken East track looking for improvement
Last season was a rebuilding year for the Kenmore East boys track team. The goal for this season is to see tangible improvement. That seems plausible, considering the team is returning all but a half-dozen or so guys from last year.
“We definitely want to improve,” Kenmore East Coach Tim Metivier said. “Last year was a rebuilding season. We went 1-6 in dual meets. This year, we don’t face everyone. The schedule is different because Easter is so late. It would be nice to have a winning record. That would be a big step forward. The guys are one year older, so hopefully they are able to step up.”
The group of sprinters seems especially strong. Senior Zach Coburn is back after missing much of last season with a shoulder injury. Sectional qualifiers D’Anzo Young and Papouch Schmoyer are among the other returnees.
“We have a lot of sprinters coming back from last year. We’re a sprint-heavy team,” Metivier said. “Zach Coburn is a senior. He’s coming off a shoulder injury last year. He wasn’t able to run much because of that. He broke a couple school records in indoor. He was a finalist in the 55 for indoor. D’Anzo Young was a sectional qualifier last year. Sophomore Papouch Schmoyer was also a sectional qualifier in the 200 meter. Qedar Christia is a senior. He was a sectional qualifier in the 55-meter during indoor season. He was part of the school record 4x200 last season.”
Connor Alderman, who was a sectional qualifier in the 400-meter hurdles last year before injuring his shoulder, will run the 400 and 800-meter races. Sophomore Franc Schmoyer returns after qualifying for sectionals in the 100-meter dash during the last outdoor season and the 300- and 600-meter runs in the indoor season.
Sophomore Will Briggs will run the 800- and 1600-meter runs and potentially 3200, as will Ben Harper.
On the field side of things, sophomore John O’Connell will be a major factor in the jumps.
“He broke the school record in triple jump and was part of the 4x200 team that broke the school record,” Metivier said. “He qualified for sectionals in the long jump, too.”
Sophomore Nick Coburn will also be a major factor in field events. He’s the defending NFL champion in the pentathlon and broke the school record for high jump this past indoor season. Senior Kahlil O’Neal will return in the triple jump after qualifying for sectionals last season.
Junior Nolan DeJesus returns in the throwing circle, as does Owen Nadrowski. Both qualified for sectionals in the weight throw in the 2017 indoor and 2016 outdoor seasons, respectively.