COACHES: BOYS — Stu Krise, second year. GIRLS -- Mike Reid, first year
Assistant coaches: Tony Roman, Mike Bowen
Last year's record: BOYS -- 1-4 in dual meets, fourth in county, fifth in Central Maryland Conference, fifth in Class 3A Region I, tied for 26th in state Class 3A meet. GIRLS -- 0-6 in dual meets, fifth in county, fifth in the Central Maryland Conference, fifth in Class 3A Region I, 17th in the state Class 3A meet
Top returnees: BOYS --Seniors, Britt Britton (throws), Garland Douglass (sprints, pole vault); juniors, Ronnie Miller (sprints, jumps) Wil Lerp (sprints), MattDavis (distance), John Heffner (distance), Bob Schech (distance), Greg Majors (hurdles). GIRLS -- Senior, Tedra Whiting (distance); juniors, Kelly Layman (400), Amy Bouge (middle distance, sprints), sophomore, Jessye Shanks (jumps), Ashlee Douglass (400, hurdles), Sandy Spoonie (long sprints), Melissa Poznaniak (throws).
Top newcomers: BOYS -- Junior, Adam Franklin (jumps), freshmen, Joey Sevina (sprints), Steve Parsley (sprints), Chris Lewis (sprints), Brian Letnaunchyn (distance), Frank Hill (jumps), Jeremy Magee (jumps).
Coaches' comments: BOYS -- "They're very young. Matt Davis is one of the premier milers around. Matt Davis is like a real leader out there. We don't havetoo many sprinters." GIRLS -- "The one thing that we have are distance runners. We're going to win a lot of battles (events) but lose a lot of wars (meets). I'm pretty optimistic about our kids."
The Carroll County Sun's outlook: BOYS -- After Davis, the quality and experience drops off quickly, but newcomer Adam Franklin and a couple of freshmen could give the Panthers some good jumpers. After Britton, theteam is light in throwing events. The Panthers might be good enough to challenge for third in the county. GIRLS -- Douglass, Poznaniak and Whiting are the foundation for this team. With some depth in the middle distance events, some runners may drop down to fill out sprint relay teams. Several freshmen could help the team immediately, but they are in the hurdles and jumps, where the team has some performers. The team lacks depth in the weight events, too.