By Tim Chambers
Johnson County could be one of the surprises in track and field in 2016. Head coach Penny Gentry has 20 kids who will participate in various events including a few new ones.
She will try and find a replacement for Stephanie Coffey who signed with Milligan. It’s a tall task but Gentry thinks her kids are up to the challenge.
“We lost one of our best athletes in Stephanie but I think that Caleigh Blair can step into that role. Destiny Cole is a freshman who gives us another great athlete. We are trying to get Caleigh to run the 300 meter hurdles which I think she could do very well in. Destiny could be one of the best we’ve had if she works hard. There are so many things that she can do that will help our team. She will lay the ground work this year and good things are in store for her after that.”
The boys will be led by senior standout Dalton Brown.
“We are trying to get Dalton to break the five minute mark in the mile,” added Gentry. “I think he’s got the heart and dedication to do that. He’s very close right now and he keeps improving. He and Coach Corey Henson work well together. Dalton puts in a lot of time in on his own. He is definitely one of our leaders.”
The team will look to Mikey Barnes to strengthen the distance runners.
He’s been keeping up with Dalton and he’ll be a big factor because he works hard.
Zack Eller is another freshman athlete that we’re happy to have. We are expecting some good things out of him in the future. I think that Daniel Cunningham will also help our team.”
The team has added a shot put thrower.
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