As track season approaches, area boys teams have varying goals for the upcoming season.
In some cases, such as in Jefferson, David Chase will be looking to make his third-straight trip to the state track and field meet Columbus.
But, as a team, the Falcons and many others in the area, are full of untested youth.
Lakeside loses a state qualifier in Otis Conel, but returns talent that will strive to do the same this year.
Coaches such as Conneaut’s Rocco Dobran and Geneva’s Walt Lininger will get their first crack as head varsity track coaches.
With a balance of youth and experience, area coaches are hoping for big things in the 2014 season.
Following is a break down of each team in the Star Beacon’s coverage area and how their respective coaches feel about their chances in the upcoming season (Editor’s note — Madison and Pymatuning Valley did not return preseason information forms sent to every school weeks ago):
As the Spartans football coach, Dobran has shown he can turn things around at Conneaut and hopes to do the same with the school’s track program.
The first-year track coach won’t have a ton of experienced runners to aide in his effort as the only two returning lettermen for the Spartans are junior sprinters Tommy manning and Levi Stewart.
For Dobran, Conneaut’s success will be decided by the team’s daily attitude.
“The team must come to practices with great attitude and give great effort,“ he said. “As long as each team member continuously tries to improve and reach new personal records weekly, they will be successful.”
The Spartans continue to be without a conference and will compete as an independent, the only team in the Star Beacon’s coverage area to be in such a situation.