By Kyle Lovern
Brad Webb begins his third season as head track coach at Mingo Central High School. Even though the area is experiencing a tough winter, Webb’s thoughts are toward the spring track season.
The school has quickly built a competitive track team and Webb believes more good things will happen this spring.
“I am very excited for this year’s track team. We have went from four team members our first year, to a team of 11 last year. More than 25 signed up this year,” Webb said.
“We lost one of our pioneers for the group with Joe May, who made it to state tournament in the schoo’ls first year. We also lost Austin Banks, Chrissy Farmer and Garth Simpkins to graduation. They were a great group of seniors,” Webb added.
“We still have a very talented group, being led by Alex Lee, Garrett Moore, Deonte Joplin, Amber Hensley, Joe Canterbury, Tori Varney and Sydney Smith,” Webb said of the returning members this year. “The newcomers look to be a very talented group of guys with Chase Justice, Taylor Thornsbury, Chase Hatfield, Mallie May, Brandon Evans, Jimmy Davis, Austin Powers, Justin Parker and Austin Davis.”
“Also, the girls group should be our strongest group of girls yet with newcomers Lakin Reed, Tyshira Joplin, Kim Davis, Ashia Cline, Paige Tiller, McKenna Crum, Haley Mounts and Clarissa Noon,” Webb added.
“Making it to state tournament meet every year has been the best way to catch student’s attention and this will be our largest group yet. We are hoping to make it to State’s a third year in a row,” an enthusiastic Webb said. “We have a very competitive schedule to prepare us for regionals. I am hoping that the program continues to grow. It is always great to have young people staying in shape and wanting to work hard.”
“Alex Lee and Garrett Moore had a great showing at the State meet in Charleston last year and we hope to build on that for this upcoming year,” Webb said. Lee made it to the finals of both the 100 and 200 meter races in Class AA.
“In the off season I have the Tug Valley Road Runners Club (TVRRC) to inspire me with group runs and I let it carry over with what we do on the track team. I hope to build this team into a family, because in a family, you will go all out and compete for each other. Time and practice will make that happen. We hope to have a great season,” Webb concluded.
MCHS 2014 Track & Field Schedule
March 29 (Saturday) - Carlos Akers & Doc Hale Memorial (Cabell Midland High School)
April 4 (Friday) - BB&T Classic (Laidley Field - Charleston, WV)
April 8 (Tuesday) - Dick Darby Classic (Poca High School)
April 10 (Thursday) - Pikeville Meet (Bob Amos Park - Pikeville, KY)
April 18 (Friday) - Winfield Classic (Winfield High School)
April 25 (Friday) - Capital City Classic (University of Charleston)
April 29 (Tuesday) - Pikeville Meet **OPTIONAL** (Bob Amos Park-PIkeville, KY)
May 2-3 (Friday & Saturday) - Friends of Coal Gazette Relays
May 8 (Thursday) - Cardinal Conference Meet (Poca High School)
May 15 (Thursday) - Regional Championship (Laidley Field - Charleston, WV)
May 23-24 (Friday & Saturday) - State Track Meet (Laidley Field - Charleston, WV)
(Kyle Lovern is the Sports Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at email@example.com or at 304-235-4242, ext. 33 or Twitter @KyleLovern)