Clinton-Massie boys track and field coach Scott Rolf said his 2023 squad is not very big and the team will struggle with a lack of overall depth.
But that doesn’t mean the Falcons won’t be battling for individual and team honors in the SBAAC. Rolf said Wilmington and Western Brown are the league favorites.
“We have a smaller team than I’m use to, but I’m excited about the individuals that we have out,” said Rolf. “I just want each kid to realize their full potential and try to get better each week. We have a good chance at some great performances.”
Rolf in his sixth season as the head coach, but prior to that he was an assistant coach. In all, Rolf has been a track and field coach for 28 seasons. He’ll be assisted by Dean Richardson, Jordan Phipps, Forest Goings, AJ Avery, Caitlin O’Hara and Brianna Machado.
The Falcons were fourth in the SBAAC last season. Massie can contend this season, Rolf said, if “our key returners have great individual performances and our younger team members contribute and fill some of our holes left by graduation.”
The top return athletes are Marty Kreider, Brandon Moritz, Jude Leahy, Cale Wilson, Weston Carpenter, Richie Federle, Kenny Moore, Quinton Smith and Tye Phipps. Leahy was a regional qualifier in the high jump.
Those 2022 graduates not on the team include state qualifier Daelin Maple along with Collin Swope, Braden Rolf, Carter Frank, Matt Martin, Bryce Hensley, Toby Hayes. Carson Meyers and Elias Scott did not return to the team this season.
Rolf said newcomes Owen Trick, Isaiah McCoy, Logan Chesser and Zander Mills should play key roles in 2023 for the Falcons.
(NOTE: Field events only)
March 28^Miami Trace, Wilm^A^430p
April 14^Brian Mudd Relays^H^430p
April 18^Bellbrook Inv^A^430p
April 21^Copeland Classic^H^430p
April 25^Wightman Inv^A^430p
April 27^Little Miami Inv^A^430p
May 8, 10^SBAAC Championship^Wbg^TBA