The 2013 Bay County boys and girls track and field preview capsules:
Arnold boys and girls
Head coach:Dennis Bush, 13th year.
2012:Mikayla Hodges was one place from qualifying for state in the 1600 and 3200 meters.
Leading returners:Mikayla Hodges (1600, 3200 and 4x800), Griffin Rowe (800 meters), Gabe Mendez and Tori Cotton (sprints).
Others to watch:Anthony Nichols (sprints),Cody Putnam (pole vault), Francis Cassin (distance). Meredith Bush (discus).
Notable:Ryan Ziem is the assistant coach…. The Marlins have a number of young athletes with experience and growth so they look to be improve this season.
Quotable:“These are the hardest-working kids I have had since I have been at Arnold.” — Dennis Bush
Head coach:Aaron Byas
2012:County champion, district runner-up, and at state Bay placed seventh in the 4x800, fourth in the 4x400, My’Keese Edwards was third in the 400, Sara Barwick ninth in the 800 meters and Anissa Martin was 10th in the discus.
Leading returners:Sara Barwick (sr., county champion in 4x800, 1600 and 800 meters, regional runner-up and state placer in the 4x800 and 800), Deneca Hamilton (so., state placer in 4x400 and 4x800), Anissa Martin (sr.,10th place in discus at state), Deidrianna Kelso (so., state placer in 4x800 and 4x400), Na’Kiya Russell (jr., state placer in 4x400), Laura Valcourt (so., regional placer in 110 and 300 hurdles), Nikesha Williams (sr., state placer in 4x400 and 4x800).
Others to watch:Tracy Pinkird and Shydria Walker are expected to contribute in the 100, 200, 4x100, 4x400, and 110 and 300 hurdles.
Key losses:MyKeese Edwards, Shytiarra Webb.
Notable:Assistant coaches are Alette Longerbeam, Aaron Byas Jr., Julius Hamilton and Efrim Floyd. … The Panhandle Open on Feb. 23 is Bay’s first meet of the season.
Leading returners:Alonzo Byas (sr., 400, 4x400), Michael Layfield (jr., 400, 4x100, 4x400), Travion Turrell (so., long jump, 200, 4x100, 4x400), Ryan Kent (sr., 1600, 800, 4x800), Kris Foster (so., high jump), Ethan Kradel (so., pole vault), John Brown (sr., shot put, discus), Demarious Hamilton (so., shot put, discus), Mathew Canada (sr., 110, 300 hurdles).
Others to watch:Jhavon Coleman (fr., shot put, discus), Jonathan Echols Jr. (fr., 100, 200, long jump), Damius Johnson (fr., 300 hurdles, high jump, 4x400), Daniel Ghant (fr., triple jump, 4x800, 4x400), Ryan Schauber (1600, 3200), Logan Mays (fr., 800, 1600, 4x800).
Key losses:Jamari Hughes
Head coach:Erin Morris, third year
Leading returners:Katie Kinard (jr.), Abigail Oliver (so.), Yasmani Diaz (so.) Gabrielle Krajniak (so.), Elizabeth Vickers (so.), Ashtin Noyes (sr.), Kasey Moore (sr.), Harley Peters (sr.), Jordan Parrish (sr.), Katelyn Morris (sr.).
Others to watch:Chandler Broome (fr.), Ana Cuida (fr.), Tyra Williams (fr.), Zorriya Hines (fr.), Taylor Shaw (fr.), Minnie Kinard (so.), Sabrina Baker (so.), Legacy Delgado (so.), Nadine Alvarado (fr.).
Key losses:Kristen Allen.
Head coach:Bryan Daniels, third year:
Leading returners:Nat Dixon (jr.), Warren Stadmire (jr.), Ryan Rogers (jr.), Stephen Estrada (so.), Peyton Kirkley (sr.), Aaron Jane (jr.), Matt Darnell (jr.), Sean Donovan (so.), Stephen Estrada (so.).
Others to watch:Raekwan Jones (so.), Ezra Gray (fr.), O’Shea Williams (fr.), Andrew Hardrick (so.), Emre Adalier (fr.), Austin Givens (jr.), Ryan Harrold (jr.), Charles Walker (jr.), Zach Edwards (fr.).
Rutherford boys and girls
Head coach:Boys, Anthony Collier, third year; Girls, James Addison, first year.
2012:Boys, 4x800 and 4x100 advanced to regional, Javen Threat advanced to regional in the 400 meters, Andrew Wyllie advanced to regionals and state in 800 and the boys won the county championship . Girls, Melissa Garred advanced to regional in the 3200 meters.
Leading returners:Boys, Javen Threat (sr.), Andrew Wyllie (sr.), Fester Little (jr.), Adam Cassel (sr.), Marcus Harris (sr.), Cladarrius Gipson (sr.), Tyrus James (sr.), Curtis Williams (sr.). Girls, Melissa Garred (jr.), Cynikeia Bostwick (jr.), Briana Davis (sr.), Jodi Phillips (sr.), Tatyanna Bell (jr.), Kayllen Wilson (so.), Alayna Kelly (so.).
Others to watch:Boys, Gervante McIntyre (sr.), Stephen Carr (sr.), Michael Mccray (jr.), Girls, Cameron Lloyd (fr.), Joy Miller (fr.).
Key losses:Boys, Josh Williams, Sean Kitts, Isiah Sims, T’ron Ceaser, Gabriel Conway, Carl Johnson.
Notable:Coach Dan Franklin will be back to assist the track program working with the middle distance and distance runners. Coach Alvin Dempsey will be working with the sprinters and hurdlers. … James Addison will be taking over the girls program.
Quotable:“I am relying on the leadership of our returning athletes to help develop this team to be competitive at the county, district, regional and state level.” — Anthony Collier