Louisville Leopards Boys Track & Field Preview 2016
Head Coach: Frank Grimm (5th Season, 12th Overall, 21-7 Dual Record)
Assistant Coaches: Jerry Fresenko (21st Season), Sean Andrews (3rd Season), John Henkel (2nd Season)
2015 Record: 5-2 League Record, 2nd at NBC Meet
Key Returning Runners:
Ben Tornow Sr. Distance
Terry Gooch Sr. Throws
Logan Skolosh Sr. Sprints
Rahzul Young Sr. Throws
Zach Fresenko Jr. Distance
Nick Chaplik Jr. Distance
Noah Chaplik Jr. Distance
Noah Murray Jr. Distance
Cole Weston Jr. Sprints
Seth Gronow So. Distance
Promising New Runners:
Jacob Steiner So. Sprints
Chase Lautzenheiser Jr. Throws
The strength of this year’s team is going to be our distance program. We have all of our point scores in the distance events back from last season, and those athletes had an outstanding indoor track season finishing 6th at the Ohio Indoor State Championships. I also look forward to improvements in the throws as we return two regional qualifiers.
If we are going to be competitive this year we will need to find some points in the sprint and jumping events.
The conference will be tough as always. Most teams return strong individual athletes, so I look for depth to be a factor when scoring those important second and third place points to win meets. I look for Marlington, Salem, and West Branch to be to front runners.
Pre-season View of the Louisville Leopards
Last year the Leopards were able to gel at the end of the regular season and finished just 4 points away from wining the NBC championship meet. We qualified 6 athletes in 4 events to the regional meet in Austintown. Going into the 2016 season we are struggling to find athletes that want to run track. We are fielding our smallest team since 2000 with only 32 boys. We now offer 4 spring sports (track, baseball, tennis, and lacrosse) that has made it difficult to field competitive teams in all sports and track is suffering the most.
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