By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
With the sun starting to shine down on the Oregon Coast again, the Brookings-Harbor High School track team is ready to get out and compete in their first meet next week.
"We have a lot of really talented athletes out this year," Coach Paul Angove said. "I'm really excited about our team and their pool. There's a ton of potential there for them to do really well."
Several very talented freshmen will help fuel a girls team that will look to stir up competition against the other schools in the district.
"We could seriously challenge in almost every single event at districts," Angove said.
Senior Tabby Reneman will help lead the girls in the discus.
Last year, Reneman took second in the district meet and then took fifth at the state meet with a throw of 111-04.
"Tabby has high expectations this year," Angove said. "She really wants it and she has to talent and athleticism to do well."
Also attending last year's state meet was junior Kayla Hamm who qualified in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles.
Freshman Ally Manley, who took fifth place overall at this year's cross country state championships, should rack up plenty of points for the Bruins in the distance events.
Fellow freshmen Katherine Bones and Ashley Juarez will also make waves in several events throughout the year.
On the boys' side, the 4X400 relay team is returning three of four runners Mark Aguirre, Blake Peters and Linden Loren from the team that took sixth place at state last year.
"The long relay team has lofty expectations," Angove said. "It's hard to say this early, but I just hope for the kids that they work hard enough get back to where they were last year."
Aguirre also took sixth place in the 400-meter dash at the state meet last year and Peters will also be looking to make a run at state in the 400.
The Bruins pole vault phenom, senior Kyle Botnen, will also be looking to improve on last year's fourth place finish at the state meet with a vault of 14 feet.
The Bruins will also have several talented distance runners vying for spots at the state meet in seniors Steven Sanders and Willie Bennett, juniors Kevin Sthen and Loren and freshman Gage Northrup.
Another very gifted athlete, freshman Geoff Gowman, will look to make some noise in the high jump as well as the hurdles.
Gowman will also be filling the void left by junior Chris Hodge, who qualified for state in the 300 hurdles as a sophomore, but will have to miss the entire season due to knee surgery earlier this year.
"We have many more talented athletes out this year for the boys' team," Angove said. "We'll just see how much commitment they have."
The first test for the boys and girls track team will be on Tuesday, March 8 at the Bandon Small Schools meet.