Head coach: Jon Zellers, 3rd season.
Last year's record: 3-6 PAC-10.
Bears to watch — Sprints: Adam Gehret (So.), Alex Baldassarre (Sr.). Todd Schott (Fr.). Hurdles: Eli Mercado (Sr.), Titus Foglia (So.). Mid-distance/distance: Dylan Eddinger (Jr.), Eli Mercado (Sr.), Dalton Meredith (Sr.), Chris Miller (Sr.), Brad Strouse (Sr.), Dylan Weiser (Jr.). Jumps: Dave McLarnon (Jr.), Adam Gehret (So.). Throws: Josh Ward (Sr.), Elijah Shalaway (So.). Pole vault: Dave McLarnon (So.).Outlook: Bears suffered a big loss in team leader and javelin standout Ethan Shalaway, now throwing at Pitt. But younger brother Elijah Shalaway should be an excellent replacement. Dylan Eddinger is an excellent mid-distance and distance runner while Eli Mercardo shines in mid-distance and hurdles. "(We are a) very young team that is depending on a few juniors and seniors as leaders,' Zellers said. "Seventy percent-plus consists of juniors and sophomores. Who will step up is the big question. It is going to be up to an experienced group of coaches to pull this group together into a team. Josh Ward had a great winter season in the shot put. Eli Mercado has stepped up in the 800 during the winter season coming in eighth at states and setting a new school record. Eli was also an 800 and 300 hurdle District 1 qualifier last year. Elijah Shalaway will start the season trying to fill his big brother's shoes. I am anxious and excited to hit the track and field with a great group of kids.'
Head coach: Russ Keith, 3rd season.
Last year's record: 5-2 Berks Conference.Blazers to watch — Sprints: Xavier Smith (Sr.), Matt Galanti (Jr.), Chris Ford (Jr.), Jay Carter (Fr.), Jon Coaxum (Fr.), David Lewis (Jr.). Hurdles: Anthony Kahn (Sr.), Cedric Mann (Sr.). Mid-distance: Stevie Sievers (Sr.), Devyn Glenn (So.), Levon Kelsey (Sr.), Zack Reagan (Fr.). Distance: Robby Miller (Jr.), Aaron Higgins (So.), Ethan Shane (Fr.), Diego Santos (Fr.), Jack Zummo (Fr.). Jumps: Kenny Worthington (Sr.), Cmane McFadden (Sr.), Hillary Gilbert (Sr.), Solomon Ramsey (So.). Throws: Adam Myers (Sr.), Dylan Marquette (Sr.), Kevin Plageman (Sr.), Drew Kresge (So,), Nick Hughes (So.), Kurt Gheer (Sr.). Pole vault: Adam Banks (Sr.). Outlook: Name a sport and Xavier Smith is a standout in it. Not surprisingly he is also one of the area's best in sprints. The jumpers are led by basketball standout Kenny Worthington and the Blazers are very deep in throwers this year. They did lose distance standout Matt Sankey, but are loaded with senior leaders while they've added many talented freshmen. "(We are) led by an outstanding senior class. The Blazers are contenders this season,' Keith said. "With over 60 guys out for the team, we will need to rely on our young talent and newcomers to provide depth in many events.'
Head coach: Bill Yinger, 11th season.
Last year's record: 4-1, third in MAPL, fifth in PAISSA.Blues to watch — Sprints: Ross Lomire, Trey Humes. Hurdles: Berenger Wegman. Mid-Distance: Braden Cordivani (Sr.), Preston Tietjen (Jr.). Distance: Luke Andersen (Sr.), Nick Pearson (Jr.). Jumps: Grant Smith (Sr.), Liam Mccartney (Jr.). Pole vault: Liam Mccartney (Jr.). Javelin: Grant Smith (Sr.).Outlook: Hill football standout receiver Grant Smith also continues to be the big point scorer on the Blues track and field team as their standout jumper and javelin thrower. The Blues biggest addition is that brand new track. "The season outlook is positive with a new track and some new guys that we are excited to learn more about,' Yinger said. "We will challenge for second in MAPL and top three in PAISSA. We need to stay healthy and should be solid.'
Head coach: Christian Stamm, 1st season.
Last year's record: 8-1 PAC-10. Warriors to watch — Sprints: Kevin Capizzzi (Sr.), Nick Shaffer (So.), Griffin Bilicic (So.), Trevor Chew (Jr.). Hurdles: Stephen Fiorentino, John Lozinak (So.), Chris McGinley (So.). Mid-distance: Matt Schulz (So.), Tom Duffy (Sr.), Dillon Hafflefinger (Jr.), Nick DeFilippis (Fr.), Basel Karim (So.) Distance: Pat Hopkins (Jr.), Rich Ruebe (Sr.), Izaiah Bokunewicz (So.), Jeff Kirshenbaum (So.). Jumps: Kevin Capizzi (Sr.), John Lozinak (So.), Dontae Thomas (Jr.), Nick Nwankwo (Jr.). Pole vault: Mayur Bahandary (Sr.), Adam Friend (Jr.), Revans Shah (Jr.). Throws: Mike Cassidy (Sr.), Brett DeGemmis (Sr.), Jordan Hammond (Sr.), Zak Weigand (Sr.), Nick Nwankwo (Jr.), John Koehler (So).Outlook: Team's only dual loss was to Spring-Ford. Christian Stamm takes over as head coach from retired Mark Constable who, along with his four-year tenure as the Warriors boys head coach, had been a mainstay at Methacton for nearly half a decade. Stamm certainly is familiar with the Warriors team as the head indoor coach for the past two years and as a spring track assistant for the past six years. His specialty is the sprints, hurdles and relays. Warriors did suffer major losses in sprint standout Brandon Bossard, jumper Kevin Kennedy, and distance standout Curtis Watro. But in distance, sophomore Jeff Kirshenbaum came up big last season and the team still has plenty of talent remaining, including a number of good distance runners led by Hopkins and Schulz. "We also added a number of talented football players that will add some depth to the throws, sprints and jumps,' Stamm said. "The leadership from the senior class, the addition of some talented junior athletes and the strong sophomore class should allow for the Warriors to match up well with some of their PAC-10 opponents. State qualifiers Curtis Watro and Kevin Kennedy contributed a lot of team points in 2013. Their performances will be difficult to duplicate. We'll be counting on Pat Hopkins and Mike Cassidy to lead in their events. Our young sprinters are working well together and appear ready to contribute a lot of points. Junior transfer Trevor Chew has the potential to be a top sprinter if he can recover from some indoor and early season injuries. District qualifier Stephen Fiorentino is back from being sidelined by an injury last year and had a strong indoor season. He looks to establish himself as an elite hurdler.'
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Head coach: Eric Wentzel, 11th season.
Last year's record: 5-4 PAC-10.Wildcats to watch — Sprints: Brett McConaghy (Sr.), Eric Gift (Sr.), Alex Jennion (Jr.), Nick Malcolm (Fr.), Max Willis (Fr.). Hurdles: Nate Smith (Jr.), Brian Brady (Jr.). Distance: Baxter Rechtin (Sr.), Steve Daloisio (Sr.), Kevin Lutz (Jr.), Abe Van Helmond (So.), Ethan Conway (So.), Connor Murray (Fr.). Jumps: Travis Wunderlich (Sr.), Shane Kelly (Sr.), Nick Simonetti (Jr.), Kahseem Broghton (Sr.). Throws: Christian Marks (Sr.), Steven Myers (Sr.), Matt Lane (Sr.), Kolton Hainsey (Jr.), Matt McCollum (So.).Outlook: Suffered some big losses in Noah Greenblatt, Taggart Houck, Torin McFarland, Andrew Serbin, Jack Zimmerman and Zach Jennion. Young athletes will have some big shows to fill, but seem ready and willing. "We are looking forward to a very exciting season,' Wentzel said. "I have been really pleased with the boys' desire to work hard and get better every day at practice. We have a lot of new athletes that are learning and getting better each and every day. Our expectations for this team are very high and we expect to do well. It should be a fun season. We hope to make the Final Four and be competitive in every track meet. Our league schedule did us no favors by having us open with Methacton and Perk Valley the first two weeks.'
Head coach: Joe Petsko, 8th season.
Last year's record: 6-3 PAC-10.Vikings to watch — Sprints: Chad Keller (Sr.), Leigh Kelley (Sr.), Grayson Muia (Sr.), Wilmont Osei-Bonsu (So.), Dave Williams (Fr.). Distance: Dave Garton (Sr.), Matt Town (So.), Jeff Montgomery (So.). Jumps: Joe Adigibe (Jr.), Darrell Randall (So.). Pole vault: Josh DiJohn (Sr.), Leigh Kelley (Sr.). Throws: Thomas Jaworski (Sr.), Tyler Kane (Sr.).Outlook: Suffered big loss in hurdle standout Ryan Heimbach, who graduated, but the Vikings did pick up several sprinters. Mid-distance standout Dave Garton, a state qualifier and one of the league's best since his freshman year, returns. "The team looks to improve on last year's third place finish in the PAC-10,' Petsko said. "It will have some shoes to fill as some key pieces have left due to graduation. But the team had a strong indoor season and looks for some newcomers to step up and make a name for themselves this spring. The team will be led by senior leaders Dave Garton, Chad Keller and Thomas Jaworski.'
Head coach: Justin Winters, 1st season.
Last year's record: 1-8 PAC-10.Phantoms to watch — Sprints: McKenzie Thomas (Sr.), Saybrim Medina (Sr.), Michael Stokes (So.), Theo McLemore (Jr.). Hurdles: Saybrim Medina (Sr.), Galen Rogers (Sr.). Andrew Tran (So.), Brandon Chang (So.), Eric Teumissen (So.), Mid-distance: Matt Chiappetta (Sr.), Sean McGinnis (So.), Mike Shaw (So.). Distance: Matt Chiappetta (Sr.), Conner Herring (Sr.), Adam Yosua (Sr.), Nick Kissel (Jr.), Liam Darcy (So.), Kevin Colbert (So.), Dylan Smiley (So.). Jumps: Saybrim Medina (Sr.), McKenzie Thomas (Sr.), Michael Stokes (Sr.), Treyshawn Rebalsky (Sr.). Throws: Colin Mea (Jr.), Garrett Rogers (So.). Dave Rosati (So.), Brian Deyo, Theo McLemore (Jr.).Outlook: Winters, also the Phantom boys head cross country coach for past three seasons and very familiar with team, takes over for former veteran coach Jack Kraynak. Team is very deep in numbers this season and also has some excellent talent returning. "The boys have experienced a huge jump in numbers this year, with about 75 boys out for the team,' Winters said. "With those new numbers, though, comes a lot of inexperience. The early part of the season will be largely a learning experience and rounding athletes into form. The boys definitely have the chance to be a strong and very competitive group by the time PAC-10's roll around. The team expects to be competitive and build for future success in a short time.'
POPE JOHN PAUL II
Head coach: Ed Dobry, 4th season (36 previously at St. Pius X).
Last year's record: 1-8 PAC-10, 2-9 overall.Golden Panthers to watch — Sprints: Dan Fenstermacher (Sr.), Charles Lake (Sr.), Mike Marazas (Sr.), Mike Mead (Sr.), Jonathan Mehallick (Jr.), Ryan Nicholas (So.). Mid-distance: Jeffrey Eichelman (Sr.), Mark Player (Sr.), Greg Everett (Sr.), Andrew Spielberger (Jr.). Distance: Brendan Csongradi (Sr.), Steve Kushenerick (Sr.), Connor Salas (Jr.), Chris Trianosky (Jr.), Tyler Way (Jr.), Nick Kropp (So.), Andrew Thomer (So.), John Conner (So.). Jumps: Marcus Dade (Sr.), Mike Marazas (Sr.), Jack Martin (Sr.), Mike Mead (Sr.), Kyle D'Ambrosio (So.). Pole vault: Adam Krulewicz (Sr.). Throws: Kirk Cherneskie (Sr.), Charles Laughlin (Sr.), Liam Steiert (Sr.), Mark Cirino (Jr.), Tom Kuklinski (So.).Outlook: Suffered major loss as hurdler Blaise Deveney graduated, but the team is loaded with seniors, sprinters and distance runners this season. Throwers are led by senior and three-event thrower Kirk Cherneskie. Overall, the team should improve on last year's dual record. "We had 75 boys sign up for the track team this year,' Dobry said. "We want to continue to improve on a weekly basis, and get as many athletes into the district meet as possible.'
Head coach: Larry Rechtin, 25th season.
Last year's record: 7-2 PAC-10.Falcons to watch — Sprints: Marquis Barefield (Sr.), Dakari Rome (Jr.). Tyrell Barr (So.). Hurdles: Devon Fink (Jr.), Owen Agnew (Jr.), Anthony Lopez (Jr.), Christian Pace (So.), Nate Yuchumiuk (Fr.). Mid-distance: Sean O'Brien (Jr.), Austin Eaton (Jr.), Matt Harp (So.), Ky'lif Underwood (So.), Bryce Winston (Fr.). Distance: Josh Toth (Sr.), John Garges (Sr.), Evan Cook (Sr.), Derek Lopez (Jr.), Kyle Reed (Jr.), Joe Drager (So.). Jumps: Aaron Webb (Sr.), Matt Kennedy (Sr.), Isaiah Luna (Jr.), Eric Mitchell (Jr.), Nikolas Cortez (Jr.). Throws: Kristian Cortez (Sr.), Maxton Wickward (Sr.), Chris Haslam (Sr.), Madison Kelsey (So.).Outlook: Had one of their best seasons last year with a 7-2 record. Falcons return most of their team. Distance runners are led by cross country standouts Josh Toth, John Garges, Evan Cook and Derek Lopez. Sprinters are led by football standout Marquis Barefield. "We have a team that can do well in dual meets as we cover all the events,' Rechtin said. "But due to relatively small numbers, just 45 athletes, we will really have to get a lot of crossover events from this group. These guys are very good athletes and they can do it, but it means being very careful to not over run them and them buying into sacrificing some specialization for team wins. We are returning a strong distance team from XC that placed second in the AA State Meet. But we are not as deep as we traditionally have been in sprints; however, we do have some strong top end athletes. Hurdles look good and the jumps and throws are solid. If our second tier athletes step up, it will give us this depth. Our goal is to get through the dual meet season healthy, make improvement and then take our shots at post-season success.'
Head coach: Mary Ann Hill, 23rd season.
Last year's record: 4-5 PAC-10.Trojans to watch — Sprints: Khalil Baker (So,). Jaylin Beasley (So.), Jaeden Beasley (So.), Jon Charles (Jr.), Denzel Harvey (Sr.), Jordan Jackson (Sr.), Julian Martin (So.), Dexter Miller (Sr.), Eugene Nelson (So.), Jeffrey Phillips (Sr.), Bryant Quill (Jr.). Distance: Justin Beasley-Turner (So.), Dyshon Gibson (Sr.), Nick Parson (So.), Paul Sabold (So.), Donta Smith (So.), Brandon Wilson (Jr.), John Jefferson (So.). Jumps/Hurdles: Solomon Baily (Jr.), Devon Clary (So.), London Gregory (So.), Jake Fetterman (So.), Matt Wood (So.), James Wood (Jr.) Justin Stewart (So.). Throws: Chad Brown (Sr.), Auston Debnam (Sr.), Shane Dugan (So.), Ben Habekost (Jr.), Alex Huma (Jr.), John Johnson IV (So.), Alec Krause (So.), Galen Shirey (Jr.), Josh Slody (Sr.), Michael Stillwell (So.), Seth Thomas (So.).Outlook: As always, the Trojans are loaded with standout sprinters. And thanks to James Wood and Mark Agnew volunteering to keep the Trojans cross country program going, which is no longer funded by the district, they will also have a good and deep field of distance runners. Team is also loaded in good throwers. "We have also added a number of new athletes who have been working hard,' Hill said. "Best of luck from all of Trojan Track to the PAC-10 teams as we attempt to hurdle the worst winter I ever remember and try to jump into spring.'SPRING-FORD
Head coach: Ken DeAngelo, 16th season.
Last year's record: 9-0 PAC-10, Three-time defending PAC-10 Champions. Rams to watch — Sprints: David O'Such (Sr.), Jared Schoemaker (Sr.), Hurdles: Ryan Connelly (Sr.), Bryan Leacraft (Jr.). Mid-distance: Josh Tupper (Sr.), Josh Miller (So.), Stone Scarcelle (Fr.). Distance: Paul Power (Jr.), Chase Parr (Fr.), Raghav Jain (Jr.), James Falcone (Sr.). Jumps: Joe Bush (Jr.), Eric LaCava (Sr.), Ryan Grosshanten (Sr.). Pole vault: Andrew Alban (Jr.). Throws: Brandon Leacraft (Jr.), Matt Goodrich (Jr.), Bryan Leacraft (Jr.), Jack Andrews (Sr.), Brandon Palaia (Sr.), Nick Perri (Sr.), Chase Stine (Sr.).
Outlook: Rams are going after their fourth straight PAC-10 title after losing a lot of standout seniors — its biggest loss being standout pole vaulter Ryan Pierson. Rams still have a lot of standouts back, including distance standout Paul Power, sprint standout David O'Such and hurdles standout Ryan Connelly. "We have a large group of boys, many new to track,' DeAngelo said. "We are looking forward to our first meet on March 26th to give all an opportunity to see what they can accomplish. Our goals are to compete for the championship and advance as many as possible to districts and states. Our main goal is to work hard and have fun through individual and team achievement.'UPPER PERKIOMEN
Head coach: Todd Niemann, returns after 3-year hiatus.
Last year's record: 1-8 PAC-10.Indians to watch — Sprints: Jake Rubin (Sr.), Alex Soto (Jr.), Justice O'Donnell (Jr.), Quinn Bilger (Jr.), Elijah Soto (So.), Barry Singleton (So.), Gorden Stewart (So.), Matt Elderhorst (So.), Matt Antino (Fr.), Brent Haring (Fr.). Elijah Wadsworth (Fr.). Hurdles: Logan Mauer (Sr.). Distance: Mike Meacham (Sr.), Luke Gates (Sr.), Jake Keiper (Jr.), Ryan Dockery (Jr.), Vaughn Seling (Jr.), Mike Stewart (So.), Joe Schermer (So.), Marcus Sobetsky (So.), Eli Barker (Fr.), Sam Daub (Fr.), Landon Detweiler (Fr.), Jake Dockery (Fr.), Luke McGrotty (Fr.), Nick Tedesco (Fr.). Jumps: Travis Kline (Sr.), Elijah Soto (So.), Christian Zera (So.). Mike Stewart (So.). Pole vault: Levi Homan (Jr.), Trevor Weeks (Jr.). Throws: Dan Jordan (Sr.), David Weller (Sr.), Mitch Fretz (Jr.), Christian Zera (So.), Joe Schermer (So.), Julian Liguaro (So.), Andrew Frantz (So.), Gordon Stewart (So.), Matt Elderhorst (So.). Javelin: Elijah Soto (So.).Outlook: Indians are way deeper this season as Niemann returns after a three-year hiatus, determined to build the Tribe back into a contender. Niemann kept coaching cross country during his hiatus, and this spring the Indians are loaded with distance runners. "I helped out another school in the PAC-10 for those three years and learned a lot,' Niemann said. "I hope what I have learned will assist me in building a successful program here. The numbers are low and I feel as if we are starting from square one. But the kids are working hard. We have an excellent veteran coaching staff and the team is loaded with younger and/or first-year athletes. I'm hoping we can all grow together into one of the more competitive teams in the conference. The weather hasn't helped but I think everyone else is in the same boat. It will take some time to figure out what we have and hopefully we can stay healthy enough to make some noise at the end of the season. We look forward to the challenge ahead of us.'
— Compiled by Rosemarie Ross
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