STANTON — Both the boys and girls Central Montcalm track teams finished with even records in 2011.
Both teams finished the season with 4-4 overall dual records, but will be looking to improve upon that this season.
The boys team returns eight letter winners from a year ago including four seniors.
Returning are seniors Garrett Morris, Brandon Antes, Tyler Helms and Jordan Beach; junior Michael Rolfe and sophomores Jayson Beckley and Cory Kindle. Key losses for the Hornets include Jacob Braman (hurdles), Vernon Adams (pole vault, sprints) and Brendan O’Brien (high jump, middle distance).
“This year’s track and field team will be competitive in the throws and sprints,” boys coach Kris Kolbe said. “We are getting better everyday in the middle-distance events.”
Kolbe said they are still looking to improve overall depth in some of their field events. He is also excited about his team’s work ethic this year.
“We are excited about the group of young men that are working hard everyday to make both themselves and the team better,” Kolbe said. “We should be competitive in our league meets and look to secure some points at the invites we attend.”
Kolbe said balance is the key to winning in the CSAA.
“The CSAA is always a tough track and field conference. You have to be an extremely well balanced team to win our league,” Kolbe said. “I believe Morley Stanwood, Chippewa Hills, Big Rapids and Lakeview are all great track teams that can beat anyone on a given day.”
The girls team returns seven letter winners, but just two seniors.
Returning are seniors Cierra Sutherland and Erika Partlo; juniors LaShae Wright, Breanna Collins, Keristin Everingham and Christa DePue and sophomore Ann Karwoski. Key losses include Maya Barnwell (sprints), Jasmine Wyatt (hurdles, sprints) and Lauren Hosington (middle distance).
“We should be very competitive in sprints and field events,” girls coach Amy Kolbe said. “We need to continue to get better everyday with our distance events. The girls are working extremely hard to improve on a daily basis. I am very proud of them.”
Like the boys team, the Hornet girls expect to compete in the CSAA.
“We should be very competitive in league meets and look to place some girls at our invites,” Amy Kolbe said.
Kolbe said Chippewa Hills is the team to beat in the CSAA.
“The conference race will be tough. Chippewa Hills is a great team year in and year out and will be the team to beat,” she said. “Lakeview will also be very good this year. We need to come prepared to race every time we stop on the track.
The Hornets will host Carson City-Crystal and Montabella on Wednesday at 4 p.m.