Linsly's track teams are starting the season with their eyes on the finish line.
Sprinters will be under the most pressure for the boys' team, according to Coach James Cowart.
"I have been really lucky to have some really talented sprinters," Cowart said. "This year our core of sprinters will be underclassmen and guys who are new to the program."
The Cadets were the OVAC 3A champions last season. Seniors on the team have been OVAC champions for the last three years and their goal is to graduate as such. Luke Miller, a three-year letterwinner, has been an excellent and reliable distance runner, according to Cowart. Robert Felton, a fifth-place finisher for the 100-meter dash in OVAC finals last season, has been a valuable member of sprint relays. The team looks for Felton to shoulder more of the load as some of last season's talent graduated.
Other key returning members for the boys' team include junior Chemechi Oparanozie, who finished third-place as a sophomore in OVAC finals and Matthew Hurley, who finished 10th-place in 300 hurdles as a freshman.
Looking ahead, Cowart believes the strongest event for the Cadets will be the 3,200 relay featuring Miller, junior Colin Riley, freshman Kyle Zelenitz and junior Cole Holubeck. Miller has participated in the relay since his freshman year. Both Riley and Holubeck are ready to come into their own, according to Cowart, and Zelenitz has been one of the most impressive newcomers so far.
Cowart referenced hard work, determination and will as important components of the sport.
"It's about athletes who push themselves every day to get the most out of natural given ability," Cowart said.
As the girls' track team has many new faces this year, Coach Carrie Ochap is excited for the season.
"I love coaching because it is a great feeling when the girls improve or hit the times they want to run and achieve goals not only individually but also as a team," Ochap said, adding that it is too early to pinpoint this year's team strengths and weaknesses.
Last year, the Cadets took runner-up in OVAC Class 3A. Ochap set two goals for this season: improve times and win the OVAC.
Members of the girls' squad are Kacy Seamen, Jordan Burkle, Abby Petho, Pris Wright, Melanie Knight, Jazmin Lilley, Olivia McDonald, Faith Zwicker, Justine Tarr, Courtney Rouse, Peyton Coss, JJ Jackson, Kaitlin Snyder, Brooke Miller, Leah Memmo, Hannah Nagy, Daniella Truong, Flaminia Ghigo, Grace George, Smantha Schaal, Rachel Haak, Swann Jin, Miah Runkle, Karyn Kovalick, Anni Vehola, Zoe Scarpone, Emma Stark, Mariah Mascara, Sydney Chung, Anjali Gupta, DeJour Jackson, Sunna Kureishy, Jennifer Orban, JiYoon Kim, and Molly McCoid.