Samantha Fanion, one of the team’s distance runners, is a unique case in the team’s talent. It isn’t often that eighth-graders are brought up to perform at the varsity level, but that is what happened for Fanion in the fall for the cross country team. And when she performed quite well, reaching eighth in the state, Herzig said she wanted her for the track team as well.
“This is an awesome bunch, no doubt about that,” Herzig said.
And the same seems to go for the boys team.
“We have a lot of kids where this is their first year doing varsity track,” said Hollister, echoing Herzig’s situation.
Hollister said he knows that his team will have to work on fundamentals such as how to use equipment like blocks for better starts in sprints and how to perform handoffs in relays, two spots in a race that can drastically change performance.
Although many of his athletes are new to varsity track, Hollister said he is confident that his team has some real speed to it and will perform well across the board.
He has Joe Harmon and Jimmie Scrafford who have qualified for sectionals in the 1600m and 3200m events respectively. And J. P. Gertz has already qualified in shotput and discus.
Hollister also noted that many of his other athletes are just a second or so away from qualifying in their events. And that includes some of his younger performers.
“We’re slowly working on everything,” Hollister said.
Hollister said he knows that his athletes have a lot of talent, and this season, he will work to draw that talent out and give the athletes the skills they need to win upcoming meets.
“Hopefully the weather will continue to improve and give this young group of athletes the chance to show their true potential,” he said.
The boys lost to New Hartford on Saturday, 102 to 24. The girls' meet was a scrimmage and no score was recorded.