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TAYLORVILLE — Front row: Lindi Letniku, Aiden Montgomery, Zeyton Sides, Damian Warren, Lucas Newton, Trenton Lehman, Seth Daum, Will Turvey
Back row: Brenton Good, Owen Morgan, Jack Chesser, Gage Rusher, Hayden Harker, Derek Armistead, Curt Hunsley, Jake Whetsell, Daniel Sloan, Drake Howard, Evan Morgan, Nathan Coady, William Colbrook, Grady Hainaut, Jesse Sloan
Lucas Domonousky Breeze-Courier Photo
Breeze-Courier Sports Writer
TAYLORVILLE — Jumping into the spring season the Tornado Track And Field team is hungry for another State run.
This will be Brian Bloomquist’s tenth season as the Taylorville Head Coach. He is joined by Assistant Coach Steve Walters. The two make for a great pairing as they both touch on the Track and Field aspect evenly.
Chris Cherry and Carson Rogers were both lost to graduation. They put Taylorville on the map for Track with Cherry finishing second in State and Rogers placed third in Sectionals. Both atheletes run at the collegiate level. The boys had three other athletes that were four year varsity letter winners Keegan Maxheimer, Sean Smith, and Zackary Woodall.
The Tornadoes are heavy on its youth only bringing back four of the juniors from last season. Headlining is Gage Rusher, Lindi Letniku, Evan Morgan and Daniel Sloan. Morgan and Sloan were two of the cross country teams three seniors. They ran successfully this past fall so they will have long distance covered. Also helping with the long distance is juniors Will Turvey, Damian Warren and sophomores Jack Chesser, Brenton Good and Owen Morgan. All three sophomores and Turvey aided the Taylorville XC team in their run deep into the post-season.
Junior Curt Hunsley is starting to add distance to his shot put throw. Freshman Drake Howard will hopefully continue his dominance at pole vault where he finished State Champion for Taylorville at the Junior High level.
With a team as massive as this years boys track and field team is it only makes sense to have each player really hone in on their personal goals to eventually add to the overall success of the team.
“The team goal is to have athletes reach their own personal goals.” stated The Head Coach “We do that then the team will score points in the meets.”
Like dominos everything is coming together to make for a powerhouse every team in the conference will be on the lookout for.
“The Apollo conference is a tough conference when it comes to track & field. Effingham, MT Zion, and Mahomet Seymour will be really good.”
Overall the Boys Track and Field team is looking at what they con do to improve now so that they will be ready to take the proper action come post-season time.
“Coach Walter and I are looking forward to this season.” says Bloomquist. “We have a great group of athletes out this year for track. They are fun to be around and they love to compete.”