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Michael Mayberry is one of the top returners for the Flat Rock Rams this spring. Photo by Larry Caruso.

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Huron heads into the 2013 track season with a slew of returning scorers from last year.

“In general, we’re practicing with 50 kids right now and 24 of them are letter winners,” Huron Coach Chris Schultz said.

The Chiefs will feature a core group of senior distance runners in Jacob Ciolino, Joe Ferguson and Karan Ghuman.

“They’re going to make up our distance crew and they are our senior leaders,” Schultz said.

Other senior contributors will be sprinter/long jumper Scotty Clark, thrower Jared Bates, high jumper/long jumper Dakota Offman and sprinter Zack Miller.

Junior Justin Busch and sophomore Ian Robinson will run sprints, junior Sam Villa will compete in middle distance and sophomore Logan Ritchie will be a primary hurdler and may also see time in middle distance.

Sophomore Chris Schultz will compete in the high jump and middle distance, as well.

“From there, we’re just going to fill in the pieces,” Schultz said. “We have a very good freshman class and for the first time since I’ve been here, we don’t need that, which is a good thing.

“We will have some freshmen contribute, but we won’t have to count on them the way we did last year.”

The Chiefs will open the Huron League season after spring break on April 9 against Monroe Jefferson.

Grosse Ile

Depth will be an issue in Grosse Ile this season, but the Red Devils will rely on their returners to lead a young group of athletes this spring.

Seniors Jordan Nellenbach (throwing/sprints), Seth Lutsic (sprint) and Alex Dermody (distance) will provide leadership for the Devils.

Sophomore Andrew Mitroka will do a bit of everything from sprints to high jump, junior Trevor Kelly will run sprints and the 400 and sophomore Tyler Moores will compete in both jumping events.

“We’re small and we lack depth, so it’s going to hurt us, especially in dual meets,” Grosse Ile Coach John Bodner said. “That being said, some of these guys can make some noise.”

The Red Devils will open up with Riverview on April 9.

Flat Rock

Flat Rock will also feature a young team this spring and will rely on some key returners and new faces.

Seniors Collin Fater and Jason Ingram will provide leadership and points in hurdles and relays.

Junior Towfik Tayeb will lead the distance crew, junior Merle Newell will be a main sprinter and junior Michael Mayberry will compete in jumps and middle distance events for the Rams.

Coach Joel Stapleton will also look for contributions from sophomores Jason Johnson and Brandon Driscoll.

“We have a lot of potential and I am excited for the season,” Stapleton said.

Last Updated: 3/22/2013 2:50:12 PM EST