Tracksters seek improvement

Bryan Veginski

Washington has a boys track and field roster with 45 athletes this spring.

The Panthers are aiming to make progress throughout the year before tackling the key meets in May.

“We want to try to improve each time we go out to the track,” said WCHS head coach Rocke Cooper.

Washington finished eight in the Mid-Illini Conference a year ago with eight points.

It would like to take steps up the league ladder with a variety of people who can contribute.

Panther pole-vault candidates include sophomore Cody Alexander and seniors Jacob Joraanstad and Sam Perkins.

Shot put and/or discus possibilities include: sophomores Randy Bertelsen, John McDermott and Colton Underwood, juniors Jordan Miller, Michael Schmidt, Jake Servis and Joseph Taylor and senior Josh Weber.

In the long jump, sophomore Andrew Watson, juniors Nick Brunk and Steve Drebelbis, Joraanstad, Perkins and senior Tyler Weston all could compete.

Watson is a contender in the high jump as well.

Triple jumpers may be: Watson, junior Chase Catton, Drebelbis, senior Mike Minehan and Weston.

Junior Michael Petravick is lined up for the 110 high hurdles and 300 intermediate\ hurdles.

Among the Washington sprinters in the 100 and 200 are: Bertelsen, sophomores Evan McCauley and Levi Meeks, Brunk, Catton, Drebelbis and seniors Cole Marshall and Jeff Vance.

Some of those athletes, plus Minehan, also will be part of 4x100 or 4x200 relays.

Panthers bidding for spots in the 400 dash include: sophomores Gregory McCandless and Matt Slater, junior Skylr Harkness, Servis and Joraanstad.

The first three runners are forming a 4x400.

Washington 800 entrants are: sophomore Kevin Diverde, junior Jacob Kupferschmid, Joraanstad and seniors Joseph St. Clair and Chris Tookey.

Racers looking to tame the 1600 include: sophomore Scott Camp, Diverde, Kupferschmid, Servis, Taylor, St. Clair and seniors Robert Deatherage and Brandon Heuermann.

In the 3200, interested participants who may get involved are: Camp, McDermott, Taylor, Deatherage and Tookey.

The 3200 relay will be a combination of long-distance competitors.

Derek McIntosh has a chance to make an impact this season as a freshman.

Other freshmen on the roster include: Jeremiah Cannon, Michael Carr, Kory Griffith, Ryan Hillman, Dylan Koonce, Alex Marshall, DeMarkus Moore, Anthony Murray, Eduardo Rico, Joel Strubhar, Connor Underwood and Stephen Williams.

With strong individuals present, Cooper said the 1600 (Deatherage), 800 (St. Clair), shot put (Colton Underwood), long jump (Joraanstad, Minehan, Catton), triple jump (Catton), 100/200 (Catton, McCauley) and 400 (McCandless) could be the team’s best events.

After a Monday cancellation, the Panthers are scheduled to begin the year today vs. Manual.