Smith, a junior, set a single-season county record this fall with 2,005 rushing yards as the star of the Rebels’ football team. Now he’ll try to unleash that speed and strength at track meets.
“He’s still a work in progress, but he should be right up there,” Freeman said. “He works hard and always wants to be better. The sky’s the limit.”
Emily Ward was the 3A state runner-up in the 1,600 last winter, Michey Moody was the 3A West region champ in the 3,200 and Christine Randall was a solid performer in the sprints.
All three are now juniors and ready for more for the North girls team, which still has some growing to do.
“We have about 30 or 35 girls, but only one senior. Our bulk is freshmen and sophomores,” coach Brian Myers said. “We’re a very young team, but we do have a few standouts. I just don’t know much about the other ones. We have a lot of first-timers. We’ll see what we’ve got. Hopefully we can develop the kids and have a good season.”
No much is known about the North boys team either, other than “Diamond Campbell is going to be our workhorse,” Myers said.
Campbell, a senior, will compete in the sprints, hurdles, middle-distance events and high jump.
“He picked up some speed in the offseason, and we’re going to try to work him in as much as we can,” Myers said.
“We have a lot of new kids,” he added. “You never know, we could have some surprises this season. We’ll just have to wait and see.”
Jonas Horst and Jaime Mason have switched coaching positions at Clear Spring this season. Horst is now the head coach, while Mason is an assistant.
They have about a dozen boys and a dozen girls to work with, but just one senior — Tori Albert, who was a 1A state placewinner in the shot put last winter.
“We’re just feeling it out right now,” Horst said. “We only have a handful of kids returning, and we have a lot of younger athletes who are trying to find their niche.
“I think we’ll have our challenges, but I think we’ll have some events that we’ll be able to hold our own in.”
He said he’s hoping for big things from junior Juan Resendiz (middle distance).
“I think he’s really going to be a standout,” he said. “And I think the guys are also going to have some fairly decent relay teams.”
The Panthers also have a new coach as Elizabeth Rau has replaced Paul Norris, who spent the previous eight years at the helm.
“I’m excited and the kids are excited. They’re working hard,” Rau said. “Coach Norris did a great job of building the program. We just hope to continue to keep building and keep working hard and having fun.”
While Hancock only has six girls on its roster, two are standouts.
Senior Sydniy Mabey was the county champ in the high jump last winter, while senior Ally Childers was a state placewinner in the 300 hurdles last spring.
Of the 13 boys on Hancock’s roster, eight are freshmen.
Liam Faith, a senior, was an all-county second-team jumper last spring.
“We have a lot of underclassmen with room to grow and a lot of leadership from the upperclassmen,” Rau said. “They’re all just very excited.”
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