Mixture of youth and experience has GCHS boys' track coach thinking state contention thoughts

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By Paul Gable

The Inside Lane with Michael Parker, Grant County boys' track and field coach

Q: Who are some of your top returning runners, and why?

A: Kody Thompson in the sprints, Jeffrey Covington in the distance events and Joe Soden should be the top returning field person for us this season.

Q: Who are some notable newcomers that could make an impact?

A: We have a lot of newcomers that will fill in this season. We should have an improved team this year. Michael Haubner is one newcomer that has been to every practice. He is a freshman and he can do sprints to mid-distance events.

Q: What are some of the goals for this season?

A: One of the biggest things is improving the 4x400 relay. It is probably the best event with the people we have coming back. Also, I hope Jeffrey Covington improves his times and competes for the region meet.

Q: What areas do you want to see improvement in throughout the season?

A: Sprinting has always been our weakest thing. We are starting to get some better athletes coming out due to the success the football team has had. I think we can gradually improve this season with our newcomers.

Q: What areas do you think are the strengths of your team this season?

A: The major strength this season would be leadership. Though the roster is not set, we have a lot of strong and talented upperclassmen that will lead this team this year.