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Green boys track team losing seniors to graduation

6/6/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

GREEN — Green High School boys track head coach Paul Hane said this year’s team featured “a nice mixture” of experienced athletes and newcomers, but added the team is losing “some good seniors” to graduation.

“Starting off, we have twin brothers who are graduating that did a lot of stuff for us,” the coach said. “Seth Wieland was our leading point-getter this year. He ran the 100 and the 200, and he was on all three of our sprint relays throughout the season. Zachary Wieland, who was a state qualifier last year in the 4x400 and was on the podium, has had an injury to his leg. He had an injury that started out in football season, and he had surgery and he just never came back fully. He didn’t have quite the season that he wanted to.”

Hane said three of the team’s top throwers this season were seniors Tariq Demeh, Nick Bryan and Jake Albert.

“Tariq consistently got better at the discus. He won a lot of dual meets for us just in the discus. He placed third in the league meet. Nick was right behind him, always throwing consistently,” the coach said. “Jake was a senior shot-putter who did real well for us. He had our farthest throw in shot this year. So we’re going to lose some guys in the throws.”

Other key seniors this year included Clay Kozlowski, Tanner Binciguerra and Brad Kitchen.

“Clay was one of our best jumpers. He just high jumped for the first time this year and ended up being arguably our best high jumper,” Hane said. “Tanner qualified for the regional meet in the 110 hurdles. He finished second at the district meet in the 110 hurdles and was fifth in the 300 hurdles. He improved considerably over the year. And Brad is a unique one. He played baseball his whole life and he finally came out for track his senior year. I think he was our third- or fourth-leading point-getter on the team.”

Hanes said a pair of freshmen had especially strong years this season.

“James Angel runs the 400 and he anchors our 4x400 team. He was the Suburban League champ in the 400 this year as a freshman, and he was the district champ in the 400. He’s our second-leading point-getter and he had a lot of talent. He’s ultra-competitive and we’re happy we have him for three more years,” the coach stated. “Amir Joya is a sprinter for us. He led off our sprint relays. He can run the 100 and 200, but he can also run the 400.”

Other notable athletes expected to return next year include juniors Keith Jarvis, Carson Corle, Ben Barry and Blair Thompson.

“The league will be strong again next year, so we’ll have our work cut out for us,” Hane said. “But we have a nice base of core guys that are coming back and love the sport.”

This year, Green’s overall record in dual meets was 6-2. In the Suburban League, the team finished in third place with a 5-2 mark.

“We’re never satisfied unless we beat every team in the league and win the league meet — obviously that’s our intention every year — and we fell short in both aspects,” he said. “But the league is very strong in track, so we knew we would have our hands full. There’s a number of very good teams in the league, and we had some injuries along the way that really hampered us. Not that it would have necessarily changed the outcome in anything, but I think we would have performed better if we would have stayed injury-free.”

However, Hane said he saw improvement in his athletes all throughout the season.

“Absolutely everybody across the board improved,” he said. “Our kids worked hard and they got to reap the benefits of that hard work. It was a very good season.”

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