With four new boys’ track coaches and a slew of solid athletes returning from impressive seasons last year, county teams should improve upon their successes in a big way.
Last season Avon concluded its season with a school best eighth-place finish at the state meet. This year, the Orioles hope to better that, and with the returnees coach Zach Toothman has back, expectations are sky-high.
“Last year’s success has been critical for what we want to do this year,” Toothman said. “We always want to improve. The better you do the year before, the tougher it is, and the higher the expectations get. The group we have is 100 percent committed to competing for titles in every meet we run, including a run at a state championship as a team. This is by far the most committed group I’ve had at Avon, and they all believe that nothing is impossible.”
The seniors are also special to Toothman, as they are the first squad of youngsters he began coaching when they were freshmen.
“I’m very excited about our senior class this year,” Toothman said. “With this being my fourth year with the team as a coach, many of our current seniors started with me.”
Avon seniors Cameron Hollins, Angelo Allen, James Bryant, Zack Czerwonky, Presley Martin, Jon Cramer, Brandon Vu and Cameron Farris will try to lead the Orioles into unchartered territory this season.
The competition for middle- and long-distance spots will be fierce. Cramer and fellow senior Dawait Woldai; juniors Will Anderson, Keegan Ridgway and Alex Layton; and sophomores Alec Scheerer and Matt Everling, will all vie for spots.
Avon returns Martin, Evan Snodgrass and Taylor Kleyn from last season’s state runner-up 4x800 team. Vu, Ryan McAndrews and Ben Harmon are competing for the fourth spot.