Top newcomers for CV-S are junior Cameron Hull, who will be competing in the jumps and freshmen Tanner Yager, who will be a thrower for the Patriots.
Jaquay said he is also very pleased about the return of senior Hunter Cox, who spent last year in Brazil as an exchange student.
“He was one of the best pole vaulters in the area as a sophomore,” said Jaquay.
Cox’s timing couldn’t be better. Rory Davis, who claimed the Class D title in the pole vault last season for the Patriots, has graduated.
Besides Davis, the Patriots did lose six other top athletes to graduation. Isiah Montgomery, Kyle Jaquay, Kevin Doubleday, Ethan Drugatz, Tyler McDermott and Connor Goguen all were key players in winning the section title last year.
Despite these loses, Jaquay said he is confident that his team will not suffer.
“We have a lot of depth,” said Jaquay. “That has been our key for the last decade.”
CV-S boy’s won the section title with nearly 50 points over Elmira Notre Dame last season and the Tri-Valley title with 126 points, 28 greater than runner up Gilbertsville-Mount Upton/Morris.
“We are going to be pretty solid in most events (for the guys) this year,” said Jaquay.
Looking at the girl’s team, things will be a little different, but Jaquay is still positive about the season.
“We are very young,” said Jaquay of his girls’ squad. “We have a lot of ninth and tenth graders this year that have come up from a very successful modified program.”
Alexis Cronkite is a freshmen who ran on varsity as an eighth-grader and who Jaquay noted as one of his top sprinters this season.
Sophomore Hannah Lamouret and newcomer Morgan Westermen are both jumpers and will compete in the hurdles for the Patriots.