Depth could help Ironton runners improve
Published 12:00 am Sunday, March 23, 2003
More numbers may mean for opportunities.
With a roster of 28, Ironton Fighting Tigers coach Greg Cronacher said arranging events could be a little easier this season.
"We have more depth in the sprints than we've had in the past. We have about seven instead of three or four. That opens up some other events like high jump long jump and relays," Cronacher said.
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Cronacher listed Derique Bacon, Aaron Quinn, Darien Gantt, Jeff Pleasant, Marcus Turner, Marland Turner, D. J. Carter, Shawn Miller, Shane Kerns and Marcus Williams as sprinters. Cronacher said Quinn and Bacon both looked strong in the hurdles, too.
"The competition juices within the team are flowing pretty good. They're really working hard and pushing each other. They'll all benefit from the competition and make each other better," Cronacher said.
With a large group of sprinters, Cronacher said it should help in building relay teams.
The addition of Ben Murphy in the shot put and discus adds depth to returnee Josh Carty. But Cronacher said Robin Fout and Jeremy Akers both "have some strength. We've got seven throwers and they're all pushing each other. They know they have to throw well every day to keep their spot."
Williams will high jump, long jump, and run in the relays. Bacon qualified for the regionals in the long jump as a freshman and Quinn figures to be in the mix. Quinn could also high jump.
"Our jumpers should be good all the way around," Cronacher said.
Justin Gillum, who cleared 12-6 last year, leads the pole vault. He is joined by Aaron Hasenauer who saw some action last season.
"Gillum should get better as the year goes on. We expect him to do well," Cronacher said.
Jeff Flegel and Jason Philabaun are the top returning distance runners.
Daniel Murphy will give Ironton a solid 800 runner. He will be joined by Hasenauer who could also join some relays.
"Daniel Murphy is working hard and providing a lot of leadership. He always gives you his best effort," Cronacher said.
Some of the track runners are late in coming out due to the basketball team's extended season. Ironton reached the district finals.
"I wouldn't care if we had guys coming out late every year. I'm all for the basketball team going as far as they can," Cronacher said.
IRONTON BOYS TRACK
Daniel Murphy, Mid-Distance, 12
Jeff Pleasant,Sprint/LJ, 12
Aaron Wileman, Distance,12
D. J. Carter,Sprints,10
B. J. Robinson,SP/Discus,10
Jess Zornes,Pole Vault,9
Assistant coaches: Kevin Richardson, Joe Young, John Pemberton
29at Fairland Early Bird
8at Fairland Quad Meet
11at Chesapeake Invitational
15IRONTON QUAD MEET
17at Coal Grove Invitational
22IRONTON JR. HIGH INVITATIONAL
25at Fairland Invitational
2at Charleston Gazette Relays
3at Charleston Gazette Relays
6at Chesapeake Relays
9at Rock Hill Invitational
21District Track Meet
24District Track Meet
28Regional Track Meet
30Regional Track Meet
6State Track Meet
7State Track Meet