COACHES: BOYS — John Seaman, 21st year; GIRLS -- Tom Hill, 11th year
Assistant coaches: Mike Coons, Rich Salkin, Beth Barry
Last year's record: BOYS -- second in county meet, first in the Class 1A state meet; GIRLS -- fifth in the county meet
Top returnees: BOYS -- Seniors, Pat Bosley (distance), Dave Jordan (distance), Mitch Jones (distance), Jon Cox (jumps); juniors, Jon Hjembo (middle distance), Scott Kreit (middle distance), David Bull (jumps), Brian Lawson (throws), Ryan Dunn (vaulting); sophomores, Mario Lagunas (relays), Sean Smith (relays), Bradford Corey (relays), Josh Crone (vaulting); GIRLS -- seniors, Dani Deeds (sprints, relays), Monica Smith (sprints, relays), Tina Vaughn (jumps), sophomores, Shannon Hugg (middle distance, distance), Lisa Etzler (hurdles)
Top newcomers: BOYS -- Seniors, Jim Clarius (distance), Rick Angel (jumps and relays); freshman, Steve Wright (jumps); GIRLS -- freshmen, Carrie Ryer (jumps) Laurie Ryer (jumps), Kelly Jariot (jumps)
Coaches' comments: BOYS -- "We've got a solid track team at every level. When you compare us withthe other 1A schools, we're very good." GIRLS -- "If we want to improve on last year, our new young kids will have to complement the baseof experienced kids we have now."
The Carroll County Sun's outlook: BOYS -- Without graduated state champs Kirk Lindsay and James Johnson, the Eagles may be shallow in hurdles and weights, but they're deep elsewhere. Look for the Eagles to be a step behind Westminster in the county race, but they should contend at the conference, region and state levels. GIRLS -- The team's raft of freshmen is a long-term boon but short-term peril. This looks like a rebuilding year, as many youngsters learn the ropes. Look for steady improvement as the seasonprogresses. This young team will be one to be reckoned with in the years to come.
Coach: Brad Hill, 11th year Assistant coaches: Mike Quealy, Amy Filsinger, Dan Jones, Dan Irwin
Last year's record: BOYS -- Fourth in the county meet, seventh in the CentralMaryland Conference meet, third in the Class 3A Region I meet; GIRLS-- second in the county meet, fifth in the CMC meet, second in the Class 3-A Region I meet
Top returnees: BOYS -- Seniors, Joe Smith (vaults), Kevin Coyne (throws), Jeff Brown (hurdles), Scott Lingle (jumps); juniors, Jay Stein (vaults), Ian Beam (distance), Aaron Sweemer(distance), sophomores, Steve Riegle (distance), Brian Lingle (hurdles,jumps), Tom Partenope (sprints), T.J. Cook (sprints), Teddy Sanders (hurdles); GIRLS -- Seniors, Julie Cox (sprints, relays), Melanie Russo (relays), Rachael Adams (distance), Patty Bouver (throws), Junior, Jen Campbell (jumps); sophomores, Amy McCready (relays), Jen Meyers (distance), Debbie Ward (middle distance), Kim Frey (jumps), Angie Payne (throws)
Top newcomers: BOYS -- Freshmen, Joe Ledda (distance), Justin Combs (distance); GIRLS -- senior, Kelly Foreman (throws);freshmen, Megan Young (jumps, sprints), Kathleen Hyduk (jumps, sprints).
Coaches' comments: BOYS -- "We've got a core of kids that should bring it through in a bunch of events. If they can lead the team,we'll be tough." GIRLS -- "(To win the county) we'll need a lot of help from other teams and we'll need a lot of help from ourselves."
The Carroll County Sun's outlook: BOYS -- The Lions have good athletes in most events, but may be lacking in depth, particularly in sprints and throws. Coming off a strong cross country showing this fall, the Lions should excel in middle and long distances. Beam, Sweemer andReigel will take charge in those distance events, while Brown leads a strong group of hurdlers. Scott and Lingle are the Lions' top jumpers. For them to move up, some youngsters will have to improve quicklyand give the proven athletes some help. GIRLS -- Liberty is strong in running but is questionable in the field events. Meyers will lead astrong contingent of distance runners. Cox, who anchored last year'sstate 800-meter championship relay, will lead the way in sprints andrelays. Foreman, a standout basketball and volleyball player, could help there but is only in her first year of competition. A lot of things will have to click if Liberty is to unseat Westminster.
NORTH CARROLL PANTHERS
Coaches: BOYS -- Stu Krise, third year; GIRLS -- Linda Richards, first year Assistant coaches: Matt Zimmerman, Mike Reid,Kim Frock
Last year's record: BOYS -- fifth in county meet, ninthin the Class 3A Region I meet; GIRLS -- fourth in the county meet, eighth in the region meet