2017 SPRING SPORTS PREVIEW: Wilmington High School boys track, field


Compiled by Mark Huber



The Wilmington High School boys track and field team, from left to right, front row, Nic Hayward, Ryland Bowman, Dorian Taylor, Tony Merritt, Adam Phelps, Charly Schumacher, Raevon Swan, Parker Gunkel; second row, Garrett Hickey, Justus Farris, Austin Irwin, Gus McCarty, Bayden Stephens, Pedro Escobedo, Derek Davis; middle row, Jeffery Burton, Alek Ruiz, Josh Vaughan, Robbie Irwin, Conner Barton; fourth row, Alex Zugg, PJ Godsey, Nick McCabe, Aidan Hester, Tyler Hebb; back row, Graham Vilvens, Zach Bradshaw, Ely Schumacher, Frantz Cherisca, Tyler Parks, Simon Heys.

The Wilmington High School boys track and field team, from left to right, front row, Nic Hayward, Ryland Bowman, Dorian Taylor, Tony Merritt, Adam Phelps, Charly Schumacher, Raevon Swan, Parker Gunkel; second row, Garrett Hickey, Justus Farris, Austin Irwin, Gus McCarty, Bayden Stephens, Pedro Escobedo, Derek Davis; middle row, Jeffery Burton, Alek Ruiz, Josh Vaughan, Robbie Irwin, Conner Barton; fourth row, Alex Zugg, PJ Godsey, Nick McCabe, Aidan Hester, Tyler Hebb; back row, Graham Vilvens, Zach Bradshaw, Ely Schumacher, Frantz Cherisca, Tyler Parks, Simon Heys.


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TEAM RECORD IN 2016

6th place out of 8 teams in SCOL

COACH

Head coach Ashley Howard, 4 years coaching track and field, 2 years as head ROBMS girls coach, 1 year assistant coach at Georgia Regents University, 1 year at South Point High School in South Carolina. First year coaching track for Wilmington High School.

OTHER COACHES IN PROGRAM

Assistant coach Karen Heslop, first year coaching track and field and first year at Wilmington High School. Volunteers with the Wilmington cross country teams.

NUMBER OF RETURNING LETTERWINNERS

10 returning; 4 seniors

KEY PLAYERS RETURNING

Nic Hayward is returning in the 110 meter hurdles and 300 meter hurdles. Ryland Bowman in long jump. Garrett Hickey discus. Adam Phelps 100 meter dash and 200 meter dash. All members of the 4×100 meter and 4×200 meter relay teams will be returning. Charly Schumacker in high jump. Bayden Stephens and Simon Heys on the distance side will be returning

KEY NEWCOMERS

Ian Holmes and Tyler Parks are two new distance runners who will help push the distance team. Austin Irwin, Derek Davis, Conner Barton new throwers for the team who all show signs of being three great new adds to the team. Josh Vaughan is a new sprinter who is full of energy and pushes the returning runners to run harder.

RIGHT NOW I LIKE

That the team is eager and ready to run. I have pushed them hard in our conditioning and changed a lot of technique to improve times. Also, we have more boys on the team then they had last year or in years past. This is great, but also a drawback due to the fact only the top two runners will run at invitationals. However, it is great motivation for each one of them knowing that someone is always willing to take their place in any meet.

RIGHT NOW WE NEED TO IMPROVE

Our relays and field events right now. The weather has not been the best starting out for us and we are just now starting to get more into our field events and being able to work more on relays. I feel the team is ready to compete at our first meet and show how much they have changed this year.

SCHEDULE

March

[email protected] 4 pm

April

[email protected] Miami 430 pm; [email protected] Relays 430 pm; [email protected] Invitational 430 pm; [email protected] Invitational 430 pm; [email protected] Senior 430 pm; [email protected] Invitational 430 pm; [email protected] Carrollton 430 pm; [email protected] Miami Invitational 430 pm

May

[email protected] 430 pm; 9-SCOL Prelims @Hillsboro 430 pm; 11-SCOL Finals @Hillsboro 430 pm

The Wilmington High School boys track and field team, from left to right, front row, Nic Hayward, Ryland Bowman, Dorian Taylor, Tony Merritt, Adam Phelps, Charly Schumacher, Raevon Swan, Parker Gunkel; second row, Garrett Hickey, Justus Farris, Austin Irwin, Gus McCarty, Bayden Stephens, Pedro Escobedo, Derek Davis; middle row, Jeffery Burton, Alek Ruiz, Josh Vaughan, Robbie Irwin, Conner Barton; fourth row, Alex Zugg, PJ Godsey, Nick McCabe, Aidan Hester, Tyler Hebb; back row, Graham Vilvens, Zach Bradshaw, Ely Schumacher, Frantz Cherisca, Tyler Parks, Simon Heys.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/03/web1_TRF_whsboysteam.jpgThe Wilmington High School boys track and field team, from left to right, front row, Nic Hayward, Ryland Bowman, Dorian Taylor, Tony Merritt, Adam Phelps, Charly Schumacher, Raevon Swan, Parker Gunkel; second row, Garrett Hickey, Justus Farris, Austin Irwin, Gus McCarty, Bayden Stephens, Pedro Escobedo, Derek Davis; middle row, Jeffery Burton, Alek Ruiz, Josh Vaughan, Robbie Irwin, Conner Barton; fourth row, Alex Zugg, PJ Godsey, Nick McCabe, Aidan Hester, Tyler Hebb; back row, Graham Vilvens, Zach Bradshaw, Ely Schumacher, Frantz Cherisca, Tyler Parks, Simon Heys. Mark Huber | News Journal

Compiled by Mark Huber