Two teams and two new head coaches.
Such is life for Harrison Central track and field.
Luke Turner has been hired as the new boys head coach, while Nick Miller has assumed the reins of the Lady Huskies' squad.
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PICTURED ARE the key returnees for the Harrison Central girls’ track team. Kneeling, from left, are Paige Richards, Katlynn Bender, Gina Sadler and Nikita Cunningham. Standing, from left, are Ronna Orr, Raven Cruz, Mariah Kuryn and Megan Hood.
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PICTURED ARE the key returnees for the Harrison Central boys’ track team. Front row, from left, are Tison Johnson, Zac Whiteman, Brett Knight, Tristan Ferrell and Rod Cowans. Back row, from left, are Addison Reed, Travis Stenson, Max Hall, Kyle Custer and Wesley Mitchell. Absent was Blake Yoho.
Both are upbeat about the seasons ahead.
THE HUSKIE boys squad has good numbers and good balance between its grades, meaning a solid mix of veterans and newcomers are set to compete.
"We are really excited about this season," Turner said. "We have some returning guys who will be helping out in some distance events and relays, and we have some new runners and throwers who will be working hard to score points across all of the events."
The Huskies will be led by senior Blake Yoho, who has made the 400 his specialty. He was a member of the Huskies' 4x4 team that competed in the Division II state track meet a season ago.
He'll be joined in the sprint blocks by senior Niko Williams and sophomore Travis Stenson. Another senior Nate Olmstead will be a solid relay contributor.
In the distance races, sophomore Tristan Ferrell and freshman Zack Henry appear to be the top entrants for Harrison. Junior Zac Whiteman is the team's top hurdler with a focus in the 300 intermediates.
In the field, senior Sean Donato, freshman Navada Kuryn and freshman Grant Sproul are the top entrants.
Junior Cory Yoho, Stenson and junior Kyle Custer will be the top entrants in the jumping events.
The balance of the boys' roster consists of senior Brett Knight, juniors Dillon Bossell, Wayne Dagan, Kalub Mitchell, Addison Reed, sophomores Chase Carpenter, DeAndre Claring, Rod Cowans, Max Hall, Sam Hill, Danier Hunt, Tristan Ferrell, Tison Johnson, Wesley Mitchell, Kyle Yant, freshmen Jacob Giffin and Shaun Logsdon.
Turner is faced with replacing several contributing members who were lost to graduation. Included are Coulton Houston, Josh Leggett, Terrence Lindsey, Dakota Malcomb, Josh Moore, Kyle Smith, Jeremy Spoonemore and James Thompson.
Willie Walker is serving as Turner's chief assistant.
THE LADY HUSKIES begin the new season with high expectations, according to Miller.
"The girls are already hard at work and have set high goals to not only challenge themselves, but to challenge the team," Miller said. "The girls hope to have a season like they've never had before."
There are 26 athletes out for the Lady Huskies' squad with a solid mixture of sprinters, distance runners and throwers.
Included in the sprinters mx are Alexis Yoho, Paige Richards, Alexis Deverno, Gina Moore, Cierra Frye, Gina Sadler, Catlin Enhoff, Monica Moffo, Victoria Moffo, Maddy Doty, Tiarra Garrett and Megan Barcroft.
The distance contingent is comprised of Mikenzi Edwards, Katlyon Bender, Sarah Garczyk, Megan Hood, Alex Williamson, Raven Cruz and Brenna Johnson.
In the field, the throwers group consists of Ronna Orr, Mariah Kuryn, Libby Bryan, Kealy Ghezzi and Nikita Cunningham.
Former Harrison Central distance standout Samantha McIntosh is serving as the top assistant.
The Huskies open the season on Tuesday at Steubenville Catholic. The complete Harrison Central schedule is as follows:
April 1 - at Steubenville Catholic; April 5 - at Gloria Dawes Invite at UL; April 8 - at Martins Ferry Relays; April 11 - at Porterfield Invite; April 19 - at Dover Tornado Relays; April 22 - at Bellaire; April 26 - at New Philadelphia Gundy Invite; April 29 - Buckeye 8 Championship at Martins Ferry; May 1 - at Union Local; May 5 and 7 - OVAC Qualifying at St. Clairsville; May 10 - OVAC Championship at St. Clairsville; May 13 - at Steubenville Catholic; May 17 - at Barnesville Shamrock Relays.