Friday, March 4, 2011

Boys Track & Field Season Preview

Byron Marshall in the Long Jump
The Boys Track & Field team has been building the last few years and is poised to have an outstanding season this spring. Despite key injuries last season that kept them out of making a run for the team's first CCS title the boys finished 8th in the section, just 18 points out of first. With top runners Bryan Houp and Cal McNabb returning from injuries the team has potential to be one of the best in school history. "I think our boys’ team will be strong this year with so many veteran runners, jumpers and throwers,” said head coach Tammie Marshall. "Look for them to make an imprint this season."

One athlete that will have a major imprint is sprinter Byron Marshall. The defending WCAL and CCS Champion at 100 meters last season, Marshall raced to a personal best time of 10.67 at the CCS Championship 100 meters, which stands as the #3 fastest time in school history. He also had the section's best mark in the long jump (23-4.5) and finished the season #2 in the 200 meters (21.97). A state qualifier as a freshman and sophomore Marshall will lead the team once again this spring.

Joining Marshall is a talented group of sprinters. Bryan Houp returns after shoulder surgery last season and has shown great fitness in the early season running 22.73 at the Simplot games in Idaho. Also returning from injury suffered last season is Cal McNabb, who currently is #3 all-time for the Warriors at 400 meters running 50.85 at the Avis Kelly invitational. McNabb is also #3 all-time for the Warriors in the 300 hurdles, just one-half a second off of the school record last season. They will be joined by Sophomore Ryan Severson who had an outstanding freshman year running 11.28 for 100 meters and will be a major contributor on the team’s relays. Jarrod Lawson and Jaamal Rose two of the team’s best last season also return providing amazing depth to this talented squad.

Sean Davis had a spectacular season last year setting school records in the 800, 1600 and 3200 meter runs. After running 4:21 over 1600 meters Davis turned his attention to the 800 meters where he finished 4th in the CCS Championship with a run of 1:57.14. He has picked up where he left off last year in the early season running 1:57.09 at the Cal Berkley All-Comers and later placed second at the indoor Simplot Games in Idaho running 1:57.20.

Byron Marshall and Jeremy Thompson got it done for the Warriors last season. Marshall flew to an outstanding mark of 23-4.5 in the long jump at the Avis Kelly Invitational, which is the longest jump in school history. No wind gauge kept it out of the record books (Marshall holds the current school record of 22-11.5) but went on to qualify for his second consecutive state championship finishing 3rd at the CCS Championship. Thompson also had a breakthrough season in his first year at the triple jump hitting a mark of 42-11.5 at the CCS Finals where he placed 7th. He also has a personal best of 6-0 at the high jump which he set in 2009.

Last season was a breakthrough year for the Warriors as Daniel Jackson narrowly missed the school record and a CCS Auto-qualifier. His throw of 46-1 at the WCAL Trials was good enough to finish 1st on the day and just 3 inches off of the school record of 46-4 set by Adam Lambert in the 1995 BVAL Final. He finished 4th in the WCAL final, the best ever in school history. Theodore King also showed promise breaking Jackson's Frosh-Soph shot-put record with a throw of 48-0.5. The competitiveness of these two athletes could bring about the best marks ever seen for the Warriors.

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