As much as Shawn Valloric hates to use the word, as it pertains to his 2014 Bellaire track and field team, he has no other choice.
It's that 'P' word ... potential.
"We have become a very underclass dominated team," Valloric said. "We know we have a few people who we can count on to continue the success they've had in their careers thus far," Valloric said. "But, the key for the rest of the squad is potential."
PICTURED ARE the key returnees for the Bellaire track teams. From left are Melissa Cordy, Danielle Stoner, Kyle Hess, Hunter Eden, Collin Kimbro, Brandon Laughman and Cody LaRoche.
Numbers for the Big Reds are solid, but the girls have only two seniors and there are just five boys out in the 12th grade.
"We have to do our best, both in terms of coaches and athletes, to maximize the potential, so we can have some success beyond our veterans."
The Big Reds' boys will be strong in the field events where some of those aforementioned veterans reside.
In the jumps, seniors Kyle Hess (long jump), Collin Kimbro (high jump) and sophomore Dylan Marling (pole vault) all had strong seasons a campaign ago and will look to build on those.
In the throws, junior Cody LaRoche and senior Robbie Kalinowski were solid point scorers in the shot last season. Both are a year older and stronger, so they're seeking to make more of an impact.
On the track, junior Brandon Laughman will be entered in the sprints. Senior Jeff Nelson will be the Big Reds' top hurdlers with a focus in the intermediates.
Junior Luc Messenger is the team's top returning distance runner.
Senior Sterling Wright should provide depth in the sprints and be a solid relay contributor. Three other juniors looking to make an impact are Jason Reed, Jeremy Rife and Donivan Taylor.
The sophomore class consists of Tylar Eden, Bryant Lednik, Patrick Littleton, Josh Myers, Anthony Piper, Anthony Price and John Price.
A large freshman class is led by Deondre Burney, Gage Eden, Gavin Gibson, Trenton Gibson, Quayvoughn James, Quson James, Justyn Keyser, David McConn, Jordan Mehlman, Todd Morris, Lance Norman, Josh Sabinski, Derek Schybal, Bill Silber and Nate Wilhelm.
THE LADY BIG REDS, meanwhile, might not have as much depth as the boys, but they've got what seem like several legitimate scoring options.
The distance contingent should be a strength after many played key roles in Bellaire's cross country success last fall. Junior Danielle Stoner leads the way in the 16 and 3200 meter runs.
Freshmen Taylor Stoner, Shaye Beckett and Riley Purtiman are strong runners in the distance field as well.
Valloric boasts a pair of quality hurdlers in senior Hunter Eden and sophomore Kaitlyn Callarik. In the sprints, sophomore T'Asia Green is one to keep an eye on.
In the field, junior Melissa Cordy returns as one of the top pole vaulters in the area. She was a regional qualifier a season ago.
Junior Ariann Maupin is entered in the throwing events, while Megan Booth and Callarik will both long jump.
The balance of the Lady Reds' roster include: senior Jodi Klempa, juniors Christina Iwersen, Mathilde Muzard, Savana Sims, sophomores Nina Crook, Tara Duff, Jerrika Gilbert, freshmen Makenna Berka, Ayren Greenlee, Hope Hughey, Kelsie Moser and Heather Spears.
The lone graduation losses in the Bellaire program were Nick Maffe, Kelsey Gilbert and Myleah Green.
Valloric, who is in his seventh season, is being assisted by Chris Arno, Chas Call, Amber Bresiger, Ann Arno and Jayson Keyser.
The Big Reds' track schedule underwent a change.
The Bellaire Relays will now include girls for the first time and the Bellaire Girls Invitational, which was normally held in early April has been taken off the slate. The Dave Ice Girls Invitational remains and it will be ran on May 1 at Nelson?Field.
Bellaire opens the season Tuesday at Martins Ferry in a dual.
The complete 2014 schedule is as follows:
April 1 - at Martins Ferry; April 3 - Bridgeport; April 5 - Bellaire Early Bird; April 8 - at Martins Ferry Relays; April 11 - at St. Clairsville Porterfield Invite; April 17 - Martins Ferry, Indian Creek; April 19 - at Shadyside Relays; April 22 - Bridgeport, Harrison Central, Hundred; April 26 - Bellaire Relays; April 28 - Barnesville; May 1 - Girls at Dave Ice Invitational; May 5 and 7 - OVAC Qualifier at St. Clairsville; May 10 - OVAC Championship at St. Clairsville.