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Coach says Woodridge boys track team ‘rounding into shape’

4/25/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

PENINSULA — Through April 22, the Woodridge High School boys track team was 2-1 in dual meets overall and 2-0 in league dual meets, but head coach Les Carney said his squad is only just beginning to show what it’s capable of achieving.

“A lot of guys are just now rounding into shape and we’re starting to see some better performances,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of young guys, especially our sprinters, who are getting used to high school competition and the differences in workouts from their middle school teams.”

According to Carney, there are approximately 45 athletes on this year’s team and at least 15 of them are seniors. The coach said the team leaders have begun to assert themselves.

“The older guys are starting to turn into the leaders we need. They’re starting to develop into that now,” he said. “They’re getting the younger guys ready to carry that torch when they’re gone.”

Two of the team’s senior leaders, Carney said, are distance runners Matt Wojcik and Alex Frederick.

“Matt is a returning regional qualifier in the 2 mile from last year. He’s pretty much one of the best leaders we have for our distance crew. By the time the season’s over, he’ll be one of the guys that we’ll be counting on to advance to the postseason, with a chance to compete in the state meet this year,” the coach said. “Alex is a little bit unique in that he’s a senior, but age-wise he’s young for a senior. He was advanced a couple of years [when he was younger] because he was just that smart. He’s a sub 10-minute guy in the 2 mile and a guy that will be competing in the regional, trying to get to Columbus.”

Another team leader is senior hurdler Mike McCann.

“Mike is just one of those kids that has contributed all four years he’s been here,” Carney said. “This year, he’s our No. 1 hurdler and he’s really starting to show some leadership with the sprinters and hurdlers. He leads our workouts. And he’s really running well this year. He started to long jump as well. He’s a pretty good all-around athlete.”

One of the team’s most promising underclassmen, Carney said, is sophomore Demetrius Tabler.

“He’s our top returning sprinter and he anchors all of our relays,” the coach said. “He contributed a lot as a freshman and the guys really respect him.”

Other key athletes on this year’s team include seniors Sam Scourfield and Kyle Spreitzer; juniors John Harry, Alex Jenkins and Tim Faken; and sophomore Anthony Thurman.

Next up for Woodridge is the Triway Invitational April 27 at Triway High School at 9:30 a.m.

“That’s a big meet, and at the big meets I just want to see the kids get out there and really compete,” Carney said. “Times can be dictated by the weather or this and that. But how you compete, that’s just dictated by your effort and your desire to do well. That’s basically what we want to see every week. We just want to see them compete and continue to get better. I honestly believe that if they just compete hard every weekend, all the other things we need will take care of themselves.”

Carney said his team is eager to carry on Woodridge’s winning tradition in track.

“Our goals, first and foremost, include going undefeated in our league. We want to win all our league dual meets and the championship, and so far we’re on track to do that,” the coach said. “Our guys take a lot of pride in the fact that we’ve won in the past. Nobody wants to be the group that doesn’t win. So we always get effort from the guys. We always get them to compete. They always give us their best, and that’s all we can ask for.”

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