KINGMAN - A decent sized group who reached the state championship meet, including Division III defending state high-jump champion Giancarlo Narvarte, who are no older than juniors and a huge influx of new athletes has the Lee Williams boys and girls track teams heading in a positive direction.
The Volunteers open the track season at the Lake Havasu Multiple at 3:30 p.m. today in Havasu.
More than 100 kids have joined the team, and head coach Joan Abraham is still trying to learn names as well as events for them all.
"The sheer size of the team is amazing," the coach said. "With so many athletes, we are sure to build a strong program."
Narvarte, a junior, won last year's title with a leap of 6 feet, 7 inches, and has already cleared 6-4 this year in practice. He said his goal is 7 feet for this season.
Jack Kirby should help the boys in the high jump, too, and Sadie Snay and Emma Flores will be expected to score points on the girls side.
Brendon Allred anchors the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs for the boys and is eyeing a return to the state meet for the Volunteers.
"Brendon trained extensively over the winter, logging lots of miles and quite a bit of speed work," Abraham said. "He is determined to run at least an (AIA state) provisional time in the first meet."
If Zack Moyd puts in the hard work, he could join Allred at state in those events.
Shannon Townes, Cole Bauer and Kody Halliburton lead the boys in the 110 and 300 hurdles, and Alexis Hoffman and Noelle Araujo are back this season to lead the girls.
Abraham said that Megan Barnes will be strong for the girls in the 400 and 800, and Alondra Correa, Melisa Davis and Jackie Millim will lead the 800 and 1,600.
Justin Sturgill, Orion Kuehl, Aaron Martinez and Aiden Coredes will contribute in the sprints for the boys, and Marli Lauck (triple jump), Brianna Colbaugh (shot put) and Stacie Lynch (discus) should again qualify for state for the Lady Vols.
"We have a lot of freshmen who are trying new events and have tons of potential," Abraham said. "Many of the kids are diligently working, asking for help, and putting in the extra time needed to become championship material."