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2014 Huron League boys' track and field preview PHOTOS

  • Grosse Ile's Tyler Moores (News-Herald File Photo)
  • Flat Rock's Merle Newell (News-Herald File Photo)
  • Flat Rock's Michael Mayberry (News-Herald File Photo)
After a third-place finish at the Huron League Meet last year, Riverview Coach Tom Hughes said his squad’s strength in 2014 will be in short sprint events, as a talented core of distance runners has graduated.

“ I’m hoping with our handful of big-gun point scorers and some new guys stepping up we can surprise some people during the dual-meet season and come around to hold our own in the league meet,” he said. “We’ve only got four returning scorers from the league meet last year and even though they score big, it’s going to be a challenge.”

Leading the way will be seniors Marcus Samuels and Josh Smith, who combined for more than 2,500 rushing yards on the football field last fall.

Samuels finished second in the 100 at the 2013 News-Herald Track & Field Championship, then went on to place fourth at regionals and qualified for the state finals, where he finished in less than 11 seconds.

In the 200, Smith finished fourth at the N-H Meet and fifth at regionals, just missing out on the state meet.

Hughes said seniors Trevor Boike and Nick Clark should be solid in the 400 and senior Teddy Lossing looks strong in the 800. Boike took first in the 400 at the league meet last year and placed fourth at regionals, while Lossing was fourth at the league meet in the 800 and seventh at the N-H Meet.

As for the distance events, Hughes said that aspect of the team will essentially be starting over this year.

Among the young candidates competing for the distance spots are freshman Adam Skidmore and sophomore Nick Shook.

Riverview opened its season at the Huron Relays March 21-22 at Eastern Michigan University and was scheduled for a trip to Grosse Ile yesterday.



Grosse Ile

Junior Andrew Mitroka returns for Grosse Ile this season after a big-time performance at last year’s N-H Meet, which included a championship in the 200 and a third-place finish in the high jump.

Junior Tyler Moores and senior Alex Dermody are also back for the 2014 campaign. Last year, Moores placed second in the long jump at the league meet and Dermody took sixth in the 3,200 at the league meet.

Red Devils’ Coach John Bodner will also be relying on some younger athletes, however, as he’ll look to freshman Adam Sawicki in the distance events and sophomore Aaron Munoz in sprints.

Football standout Max Gilliam, who is a junior, will be a thrower this season and senior Luke Barwikowski will be counted on for contributions in the distance events.

“(The) team is young and inexperienced,” Bodner said. “We are going to work hard each day and expect to see some great results throughout the season.”

Grosse Ile was scheduled to host Riverview yesterday for a Huron League battle.



Flat Rock

Leading the way for Flat Rock this season will be three returning seniors, as well as a trio of juniors.

Rams’ Coach Joel Stapleton will count on seniors Towfik Tayeb and Merle Newell in the distance events and Michael Mayberry in the jumping events.

Junior Jason Johnson returns after a fifth-place finish at the league meet in the 3,200, while classmate Jacob Salter will compete in throwing events this year and 11th grader TeDarius Laidler is back after a season that included sprints, relays, the long jump and the high jump.

“Anything can happen,” Stapleton said of the team’s chances to compete this year. “We have a nice blend of experience and new faces. We are working hard to improve. The Huron League looks to be competitive with lots of good teams and athletes.”

The Rams were scheduled to host Huron League foe Monroe SMCC yesterday.



Huron

Like the other area Huron League teams, the Chiefs will be counting on some young athletes to get the job done this spring.

Junior Ian Robinson will handle sprint events this year for Coach John Giarmo’s squad, as will sophomores Justin Busch, John Burcehl, Josh Kovacs, Jake Fryer and freshman Robert Sullins. On the football field last year, Robinson gained nearly 800 yards as Huron’s running back.

Taking on the distance events for the Chiefs will be sophomore Aaron Hayes and freshman Nick Holbrook.

Huron opened its season at the Huron Relays on March 21-22 at Eastern Michigan University and was scheduled to travel to Jefferson yesterday for a league meet.



Last Updated: 4/1/2014 3:01:29 PM EST

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