Wilmington College track and field preview


Compiled by Mark Huber



Zak Kruer is one of the returning athletes for the Wilmington College men’s track and field team.


TEAM RECORD IN 2015

Women finished 5th/ Men finished 7th

HEAD COACH

Ron Combs 19th year at WC

COACH’S RECORD

63 All-Americans and 6 national champions in 19 year at Wilmington

COACHES in PROGRAM

Assistant coach Wayne Stacy (Sprints, Hurdles); assistant coach Kyle Wolf (pole vault); assistant coach Mike Reavis (throws); assistant coach Tricia Steffen (Distance, Middle distance)

STARTERS RETURNING

Zak Kreuer in the pole vault (OAC runner-up in 2015); Pierce Burnam in the hurdles (finished 5th in the OAC in 400H); Marissa Bolen in throws (OAC champion in shot put, national qualifier, finished 12th at nationals)

NUMBER OF RETURNING LETTERWINNERS

Women 4/Men 15

KEY NEWCOMERS

Antone Truss, finished 2nd in the high jump indoor 2016 OAC championship; Ethan Hurtt, 2015 OHSAA state qualifier in the shot and discus; Gino Hinton, 55m finalist in indoor

KEY PLAYERS LOST

Jake Simpkins, OAC runner-up in the 800/1500; Sarah Murphy, OAC champion in 100H; Tricia Steffen, OAC runner-up in the 10,000

RIGHT NOW I LIKE …

Our youth

RIGHT NOW WE NEED TO IMPROVE …

Our experience

OTHER THAN OUR TEAM, WHO WILL BE THE TEAM TO BEAT IN YOUR LEAGUE AND WHY

Mount Union for both men and women-very deep and experienced teams

ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO SAY ABOUT TEAM, SEASON

Wilmington will host a home meet on April 22 and the OAC Championship on April 29-30

SCHEDULE

MARCH

[email protected] Inv TBA

APRIL

[email protected] Ky Invitational; [email protected] Invitational TBA; 16-All-Ohio Championship @Ohio Wesleyan 1130 am; 22-vs Night Moves Invitational 4 pm; 29-OAC Outdoor Championship @WC Noon; 30-OAC Outdoor Championship @WC 10 am

MAY

[email protected] Twilight 1130 am; 16-Ron Althoff Last Chance @Ohio Wesleyan Noon; 17-Ron Althoff Last Chance @Ohio Wesleyan Noon

ROSTER

MEN

Linden Ayoki JR Cin LaSalle; Matthew Baker FR Liberty Center; Tjay Burbage FR New Richmond; Pierce Burnam SO New Richmond; Kalvin Butts SO St John’s Mich; Jeffrey Cook SO Blanchester; Gage Egner FR Blanchester; Cameron Erwin SO Springfield Northwestern; Eric Flynn Jr. SO Cleve. Central Catholic; Gino Hinton FR Maple Heights; Ethan Hurtt FR Adena; Dominic King JR Bettsville; Zak Kruer JR Miamisburg; Chase Manica JR Shelby County; Elliott Phillimore FR Old Fort; Travis Scheadler SO Goshen; Griffin Stith SO Batavia; Hunter Stith SO Batavia; Leevi Stump SR Mount Vernon; Alex Tillapaugh SO Wickenberg Ariz.; Antone Truss SR Yellow Springs; Dustin Willey FR Leesburg Fairfield; Tony Wydra SO Miamisburg

WOMEN

Marissa Bolen SR Gibsonburg; Angela Dorsett JR West Mifflin Pa.; Stephanie Fetters JR Milton-Union; Brooke Gibbons FR Blanchester; Calla Henry FR Connersville Ind.; Cierra Johnson FR Fairfield; Shanaya Jones FR Cin. Mother of Mercy; Ashley Lovett SO Washington Senior; Brooklyn Payne FR Chicago Agricultural School, Ill.; Sarah Pierce FR Dominion Academy; Alexis Rhodes FR Old Fort

Zak Kruer is one of the returning athletes for the Wilmington College men’s track and field team.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_WCMTF.ZakKruer.jpgZak Kruer is one of the returning athletes for the Wilmington College men’s track and field team.

Compiled by Mark Huber

Reach Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, or on Twitter @wnjsports.

Reach Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, or on Twitter @wnjsports.

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