The 2008 Harrison County Thorobreds track team will feature several first-time track athletes when they kick off their season this evening at the Grant County All Comers meet. Even though the team may be in something of a rebuilding process, Coach Robert Walker has not tempered his expectations.
When you graduate an athlete the caliber of Jim Mullins from last years team, youre going to have to find some people to fill some voids, said Walker. But I can tell you that at Harrison County we always have big expectations. Our team is young and weve had a lot of people unavailable, some due to injuries and others due to a lack of interest, but we will be a talented team.
Seniors Josh Ashbrook, Adam Fischer, Mark Schimpler, Jared Sharp, Bryant Warmouth, Hank Whalen and Chris Young will lead the Breds.
In that class you have a few athletes who competed very well in regional competition last year and we are expecting to have an excellent potential of making it to state competition in Fischer, Sharp and Warmouth, said Walker. And you also have strong, veteran experience in the mile, two-mile, discus and relay events.
The Breds roster is completed by Spencer Aubrey, Corey Bailey, Brandon Barnett, Jacob Bates, Aaron Brooks, Justin Fryman, Tyler Hardin, Derek Hudgins, Van Isaac, Daniel Kiskaden, Cody Landrum, Eric Lewis, Austin Lucas, Aaron Lyons, Michael May, Kyle Migneault, Shawn Neal, Aaron Newby, Keenan Palmer, Brett Perkins, Ryan Puckett, Caleb Reeder, John Michael Reitz, Brian Schimpler, Phillip Sexton, Eric Turner, Nicholas Whitaker and D.A. Wiglesworth.
The difficult schedule the Breds are facing will benefit the team when the time for region and state competition draws near. The team will participate in several major invitational meets and eight all-comers meets that will feature six to eight good teams each.
The Breds first action will this evening as they travel to compete in the Grant County All Comers meet. The first home meet will be on Thursday, April 10, when the Breds and Fillies will host the Harrison County All Comers meet.