With nearly 140 athletes, 16 events and eight coaches, the track and field team at Marist is a force to be reckoned with.
John Baum, the track team’s head coach, said track and field is one of two sports at Marist that won’t cut anyone from the team. That leads to an evolving range of athletes hoping to prove themselves.
“The roster is constantly changing. It’s huge,” Baum said. “We have a lot of kids involved.”
Baum said he is looking forward to a great season for the track and field team.
“It’s a younger team this year, not as many seniors as last year,” he said. “Compared to last year, the vibe around the track has been incredibly positive.”
He said there are several new community coaches: a new sprint coach, a new throwing coach and two new distance coaches.
“They’re all working out real well. It’s new blood in the system, which is nice,” Baum said.
Baum said though the track team has athletes that perform well in many different areas, pole vaulting, distance running, and sprinting are some of the team’s best events. “One of our strongest aspects is pole vaulting,” Baum said.
Baum expects that Marist’s lead senior pole vaulters, Peyton Cambas and Nathan Daniel, will have standout seasons.
Bailey Weiland, a sophomore high jumper, went to the state tournament last year. “We’re looking for good things for her,” Baum said.
Baum said the team has several strong sprinters. Kathryn Dockter, a senior, beat 28 others to win the 100-meter dash at Marists’ first track and field meet Feb. 15.
Baum is optimistic that this will be a good year for the team. “I think we are going to be stronger. We’ve got the right people in the right places to make it happen.”
Midfielder T.J. Smith, returning letterman on the varsity lacrosse team, is the face-off specialist and his coaches say he had a great offseason.
Griffin Davis, returning outfielder from last year’s varsity baseball team, hits in the middle of the order, and is expected to be a big run producer for the War Eagles this year.
Abby Toner, a returning midfielder on the girls’ varsity soccer team and an integral member of the team for the past two years, heads off to Drexel in the fall.