Track Coach Jay Condon is very happy with his new team.
“We have 31 athletes who want to be here and work hard,” he said of the students. And though the group as a whole is on the younger side, he said there is a mix of old and young.
The team starts this season without Alicia Clark, Cody Bardin and Kevin Buxton, who were key seniors that graduated last year. However, the outdoor season sees a number of indoor track athletes who have been honing their skills throughout the winter.
Jake Williams, for example, was named state indoor track champion. Condon also named Gabe Pratt, Phil Hicks, Hannah Jones, Heather Chapman, Andrea Kibling and Taylor Scribner as team leaders, among others.
He said Granville is always competitive in sprints and throwing and always produces a lot of strong contenders. Additionally, this year’s mid-distance section is stronger than it has been in previous years — but Condon still wants it to become even better.
He’s also hoping to build up the boys relay team and the 800-meter hurdles.
As far as small leagues go, Condon said the Wasaren League is always tough.
“It’s always well represented at the state championships. There are a lot of good coaches who really know what they’re doing,” he said.
Last year’s outdoor track team finished in third place for the girls and in fourth for boys.
Fortunately for track fans, many of this season’s meets will take place at or close to home, unlike the indoor season which was primarily in the Albany area.
The Horde’s first home meet will be on April 11 at 4:15 p.m.