Strong returners mark track roster this season
Both the Salisbury boys and girls track and field teams will return a majority of their key pieces from a season ago.
While the boys lost eight athletes and the girls lost five from last season's teams, the Falcons hope a number of promising returnees will help improve upon last season's 2-9 marks in the Colonial League.
Senior Dan Reichenbach a recent commit to Lehigh University for track and field and sophomore Kyle Gonoude highlighted the boys' season in 2012. Much of the same is expected a year later.
Reichenbach was the district champion in the triple jump with a mark of 45 feet, six inches, and came in sixth place in the PIAA Track and Field Championships.
"He's committed to Lehigh and he's looking forward to that," said head coach Doug Hensinger. "As long as he stays healthy I'm sure he's going to be at the top of the list for the jumpers."
Gonoude was impressive as well, capturing two top-10 finishes in the District 11 2A Track and Field Championships. He finished in third place in the 1600 meter run with a time of 4:33.61, and came in seventh in the 800 with a time of 2:06.35.
"He's looking to improve," said Hensinger. "He doesn't like to lose. As long as everybody stays healthy I think we'll do well."
Senior Dylan Bonge came in fourth place in the district in the pole vault event with a mark of 11-6, while junior Brian Maehrer finished in a tie for 11th in the same event. Both are expected to have solid years once again.
Seniors Austin Bartholomew a 10th place finisher in districts last season in the javelin and Zach Breidinger look to have solid seasons as throwers again.
A number of underclassmen figure to be key for the girls' side in the upcoming season.
Two sophomores Kaitlyn Toman and Kelly Gonoude each had top-five finishes at districts.
Toman finished third in the pole vault with a mark of 8-6 and 5th in the long jump with a mark of 15-6 3/4. Gonoude made her mark as a runner, finishing fifth in the 1600 in 5:42.46.
"The sophomore class, not saying the other classes aren't strong as well, but the sophomore class has some really good athletes coming from both the boys and girls," said Hensinger.
Sophomore Holly Szita (who finished tied for 11th in the high jump at districts) and senior Kennedy Freed (13th, javelin) are both back.
On the other hand, freshman sprinter Lindsay Bauer is a newcomer to the team, and Hensinger is impressed with her athleticism thus far.
"She's very athletic and very willing to learn and work hard at it," said Hensinger. "She can make an impact on the girls side."
The Falcons are schedule to face Pen Argyl and Northwestern on Tuesday. Events are set to begin at 3:30 p.m. at Pen Argyl.
Many of the same faces will be back from last season's team, but it's tough for Hensinger to pinpoint where this team may end up at the end of the season compared to other teams.
"Record-wise it's tough to tell because you don't know what other teams have, what they have coming back and what newcomers they might have," said Hensinger. "You just want them to do their best and improve and work hard at it."