2022 Region Boys Track Preview | Evening Star



Co-trainers: Mark Cockroft

and Troy Smith

The Hornets were the Northeast Corner Conference, East Noble Division and Marion Area champions, and the goal will remain the same despite losing their three state qualifiers from last year to Izaiah Steury, Tim Macomber and Garrett Sauter.

Joining the team will be Cameron Steury, Zach Buell, Lincoln Schreiber and Trey Soulliere, who will compete alongside comebacks and regional qualifiers in Landon Herbert, Alex Meyer, Brandon Villafuerte, Gabe Cruz, Sam Yarnelle, Griffin Michael and Aiden Shannon.

“We obviously had a great year last year with Coach (Brad) Peterson,” said Smith, who is in his first season as head coach. “We are bringing back a group of experienced and competitive guys who have talented newcomers. Hopefully we can continue to develop a consistent level of success. We are focused on becoming a more balanced team that can score in all events. »

Central Noble

Coach: Clint Lighthouses

Central Noble plans to step up this season with several returns to the varsity team this year.

Ashton Smith and Cameron Elias will lead the Cougars in sprints and some field events.

Jonah Hopf and Jaxon Kitchen will participate in the pole vault and Riley Bremer and Isaac Clay will lead the pitchers.

Other Central Noble scorers this season will be Ethan Skinner, Josh Thompson, Hunter Wait, Keith Knafel and Ashton Dunlap.


Coach: Zach Dock

The Eagles are returning two state qualifiers that will try to lead them to more success as a team in 2022.

Junior Riley Buroff qualified for state in two events, the high jump and the 400 meters. He stepped onto the podium in the 400m with a ninth-place finish in 49.69 seconds.

Senior Hunter Bianski traveled to Indianapolis in the shot put. He narrowly missed out on the podium arriving in 10th place.

Senior Nick Nondorf was a regional qualifier in the 110 hurdles.

Newcomers for the Eagles are Blaze Williams and Elija Smith.


Coach: Chris McGrew

Sophomore coach McGrew has several returning athletes to use as building blocks.

Junior Nate Fillenwarth was a regional qualifier in the 400m and high jump. Senior Carter VanGessel will be part of a strong background crew. Classmates Josiah VanderHorst, Isaiah Hamblin and Vincent Worden also wrote last season and seniors Gabe Tobierre and Logan Wilson are also set to participate.

Others who wrote a year ago are juniors Alex Zimmerman and Landon Knowles, and sophomores Jaren McIntire, Matthias Hefty, Liam Gentis, Will Engelberth and Wyatt Birch.

DeKalb is strong in numbers with 41 participating athletes.

The Barons will not have a home game due to the school’s construction project, which will include a new track as well as a synthetic surface for the football pitch.

DeKalb’s men’s and women’s teams will train in Hamilton.

Eastern Noble

Coach: Cliff Hannon

The Knights look to be very competitive as one of the best teams in the region once again.

They are coming off a Northeast 8 Conference title and bringing back several athletes who contributed to that championship.

Lucas Freeze will lead East Noble in the sprints and long jump. Nolan Rhoades has high hopes in hurdling and jumping. Ashton Fuller also expects to contribute to hurdles and many other events.

Kayden Fuller helped the Knights 4×800 team advance to the state finals last season and will be a major contributor in the 400 and 800. Drew Sillaway hopes to be an impact runner in the distance events.

Chris Hood was a regional qualifier in discus last season, and Aidan Sprague qualified for regionals in pole vault.

East Coast

Coach: Trisha Hill

Eastside have just three seniors – Marcus Diaz, Matt Jacobs and Sam Neumann – but they provide a solid foundation for Coach Hill’s return. “Their commitment to the sport and the team has been a big part of building this program over the past three years,” she said.

Diaz will compete in the sprint events while Jacobs and Neumann will compete in the throws.

Other Blazers expected to contribute this season are Dane Sebert in the throwing events, Binyam Biddle in the sprints and Kyle Yoder in the long jump and high jump.


Coach: Tanner Wall

The Eagles return four of their six regional qualifiers from last season. Logan Brace (300 meters hurdles), Anthony Hart (200 and 4×100 relay), Damon Teachout (4×100 relay) and Brenden Collins (4×100 relay) will be joined by returning winners Aydan McEntarfer, Gage Forrest, Brogan Blue and Braiden Gaskill.

“We expect a lot of good things from this team this year,” Wall said. “Last year we finished sixth in the NECC Championship competition and fifth in the section, which was the highest we’ve finished in my coaching and many years before that. So we’re looking to leverage some of the success we had last year and to keep this team moving upwards.

Newcomers include Buck Behrman, who will compete in the sprint and show jumping events, and international student Jonas Etienne, who is expected to assist in the mid-distance and relays.


Coach: Kyler Perez

Garrett will rely on returning athletes Jack O’Connor, Jaxson Gould, Zack Warfield, Braydon Kennedy, Chandler Minnich, Tanner McMain and Nathan Presswood, according to Perez.

Newcomers include Brayden Baker, Nate Wells, Adam Burns and Holden Bowser.

“I think we have a very strong group of student-athletes coming back this year,” Perez said. “We rely on our upper class students to lead the team and our underclass students to meet the challenge of competition head on.

“I look forward to another year of growth for the athletics program at GHS.”


Coach: Garry May

May is pleased with the Marines’ improving numbers and will be looking for a good season with a mix of experienced athletes and newcomers.

Senior leadership will come from pitchers Chase Hill, Dylan McLimans and Dawson Miller. Connor Stoy (sprints) is another key returner.

Top newcomers include jumpers Jagger Hurraw and Harry Richter.

“Our program is growing and has the highest number we’ve had in several years,” May said. “The goal is to move the bar a bit higher from where it left off in the 2021 season.”

land of lakes

Coach: Keith Thompson

The Lakers want to take a step in the right direction this season and have the numbers to do it. They have 47 athletes competing this season, including several newcomers and freshmen who should provide depth.

Lakeland fires seven of its top nine scorers, including Dominic Lawrence, Owen Troyer, Zeke Wachtman, Khamron Malaivanh, Gonzolo Rubio, Caden Hostetler and Josh Guldin.

Lawrence was a regional qualifier in the 300 hurdles last season. Malaivanh, Troyer and Rubio will lead a deep group of sprinters.

Wachtman qualified for the 800 regionals and Troyer was the long jump sectional champion.

Quinnlin Raber, Leo Munoz and John Wright are the top shot putters, and Guldin, Munoz, Cam Riegling, Denis Danile and Raber will be vying for the discus spots.

Lakewood Park

Coach: Daron Blanc

The Panthers have holes to fill after graduating from nine seniors.

White will depend on a group of returning athletes, which includes Conner Hodges (sprints), Braeson Kruse, Anthony Mansojer and Jackson VandeVelde (distance) and Titus Shively (hurdles).

Newcomers looking to fill some of the gaps include Aidan Wissing (throwing), Jackson Kruse (distance) and Trennan Lilly (middle distance).

Prairie Heights

Coach: Kim Kellet

The Panthers lose a regional qualifier to Zach Wiseman, but return another to Sam Zolman (pole vault and relay).

Other players looking to score big for Heights.

“We’re a more complete and balanced team than last year, which should make us more competitive in dual competitions,” Kellett said. “Our goals will be to compete to the best of our abilities, win double meets and finish higher in major meets and invitations.”

Newcomers for the Panthers include Chase Bachelor (high jump), Jaden Daniels (sprints and relay), Trent Daniels (sprints and relay), Tavvin Kyle (hurdles, sprints and relay) and Walker McCrea (sprints and relay).

Western Nobles

Coach: Monte Mawhorter

The Chargers have a few of their best guys returning for the 2022 season and a few that aspire to go far in the playoffs.

Jalen Gonzalez, a hire from Juniata College (Pennsylvania), was the sectional champion in the 100 and 200. He qualified for the state in the 200.

Jesus Marin will compete in the 400m.

Grant Flora returns to compete in distance events. He was regionally qualified in the 3200m. Lucas Baker will lead West Noble in throws.

The main newcomers for the Chargers are Seth Pruitt, Evan Schuller, Logan Shaw, Nate Silva, Nolan Parks, Wesley Hilbish, Drew Yates and Bradyn Barth.

west view

Coach: Matt Jones

The Warriors are fielding a lot of youngsters in the 2021 season and will build on those youngsters who have gained quite a bit of experience.

Lyndon Miller and Anthony Sanchez return to lead in points in distance races.

Hurdles will be led by Jacob Peruski, and Aiden Koehler returns as the team’s top pole vaulter.

Other returning winners are Andrew Johnson, Adrian Miller, Christian Norward, Chase Miller, Nick Bontrager, Jackson Minix, Aiden Wisler, Mohamed Abdurakhmonov and Spencer Conatsor.


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