Boys also return sprinters
The Whitehall boys track team will be leaning on a strong cast of sprinters to help them get off on the right foot this spring.
The Zephyrs return a number of sprinters, including seniors Martin Labib and Dez Boykin who give them a wealth of experience in those events. Also in the sprinting mix are juniors Shavar Hussett, Mekhi Lee, senior Muhammad Azim and sophomore Allen Negrete,
Labib put together a strong junior season in both the 100 and 200. He narrowly missed qualifying for states last season, finishing fifth at districts in the 200 with a 23.12 mark. He should be a formidable force in the sprints again this season for the Zephs.
In the middle distances the Zephs will feature senior Zahir Linton and Lee, both of whom are coming off strong seasons. Juniors Caleb Staub, Tyler Groff and Mohamed Abdalla, along with seniors Johan Williams and Azim, and sophomore Wilfred Jimenez, plus freshmen Jeffery Warren and Philip Lahue, will also be in that middle distance mix.
The Zephs will also have a number of runners competing in the long distance races this year. That group includes Jimenez, Lahue, Staub, sophomore Graydon Schmeckenbecker, Groff and Azim, who will compete in the 1,600. In the 3,200, Jimenez, Staub, Schmeckenbecker, Lahue, Groff, Azim and freshman Jakob Schlosser will be in the field.
The hurdles will have junior Artur Santos, sophomore Ahmed Hamada, and freshmen Angelo Dadonna and Julian Love, competing in both the 100 and 300 hurdles.
The jumpers are still a question mark as they get ready for their first meet later this week.
The pole vaulters will be sophomores Marcus Hamscher and Sean Cunningham.
Those competing in the throwing events, like the jumping events, are still largely undecided. However, sophomore Lucas Sounders and senior Michael Bogucki will be participating in the javelin.
The Zephs are coming off a year in which they finished 4-7. They kick off the new campaign with a meet against Pocono Mountain East on Thursday.