Frazee looking to restock shelves for 2010 season
With a talented and larger senior class graduating off of last year's Frazee boys' track and field team, the Hornets will be in sort of a rebuilding mode for the 2010 season.
But there still will be experience and skilled athletes returning for the Hornets.
"We lost a lot and will not be too deep this year," said Frazee head coach Brian Tangen. "We may take some lumps (with only 17 out seventh through 12th grade), but we will be gaining experience along the way."
The sprints and throws will be the strength of the Frazee squad, with senior Clint Johnson leading the way in discus and shot put throws.
Johnson will not be available until about May, due to a knee injury he suffered in basketball this past winter, though.
Junior Forrest Jackson will be replacing his brother, Skyler's, production in the sprints.
Jackson had a solid year in 2009, but was the third sprinter. This year, he takes over as one of the faster Hornets on the track.
"He will be one of the top sprinters in each meet," Tangen said. "I think he's pretty excited because he won't be sprinting behind two other sprinters on his own team. He's definitely looking strong."
Sophomore Dakota Zick was on the state 4x400 relay team from last year and will also be running sprints and mid-distance races.
Cody Nordquist will also be a key contributor in hurdles and sprints.
Relays will not be as strong as last season, just because of the numbers issue, but Tangen is hoping to see some of his younger athletes step up and fill holes in the lineup.
"We won't be able to fill every event, so that's a downer (for the team score), but it does open up opportunities for our younger guys," Tangen noted.