There aren’t a whole lot of bodies on the Madison-Plains boys track and field team but the athletes who are participating are giving coach Jim Smith everything they have.
“We have another small team this year,” Smith said. “Ten are participating this spring, we had more, but lost them to grades and a surgery. Although we are few in number, our strength is coming from our field events and jumpers.”
Connor Cooley and Grant Johnson are leading the way in the shot put and discus, while Levi Gardner and Dillan Rice are the team’s top jumpers.
The squad is also getting as much as it can out of distance runner Domonic Brohard and the middle distance pair of Evan Wilson and Ben Siniff.
The Golden Eagles do have some new faces in the mix this year to go along with the four returnees Brohard, Cooley, Wilson and Johnson.
“In addition to my four returning athletes, a newcomer to track this year (Grant Johnson), has started to show improvement in shot put, discus and sprints,” Miller said. “He was selected as one of our captains to help lead the team.”
Madison-Plains along with rival London move into the Mid-State League Ohio Division this year. The league has more depth and possibly more individual talent than what the schools faced in the South Central Ohio League.
“Within the MSL this year there is excellent competition,” Miller said. “We have run these schools in the past. Grandview at their invitational and districts, Columbus Academy and Worthington Christian in the districts and we see a lot of our county schools.
“In addition to the MSL teams, we are still competing against the SCOL and old KTC teams.”
The Golden Eagles will next be in action Tuesday, April 13, at Whitehall, starting at 4:30 p.m.
Chris Miles can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 18 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.