Metro boys' track preview capsules


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Posted Online: March 20, 2013, 9:02 pm
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Alleman Pioneers
Coach:
Kenny Lee (13th season)
2012: 3rd at Western Big 6; Class 2A sectional champions
Returning state qualifiers: Srs.: Ethan Adlfinger (distance), Will Graham (distance), Scott Schilb (throws), Adam Hoogerwerf (sprints); Jrs.: Matt Hubbell (sprints); Soph.: Kylee Dorsey (sprints)
Other notables: Sr.: Steven Ewald (sprints); Jrs.: Alec Diab (throws), Zach Hird (distance), Aiden Ford (throws); Soph.: Brady Hoskins (jumps)
Lee's view of the Pioneers: "This year's team is young but competitive. The distance crew and throwers will be solid, and the sprint guys will have to grow up fast."

Geneseo Maple Leafs
Coach:
Don Fredericks (16th season)
2012: 7th at Northern Illinois Big 12
Returning state qualifiers: Sr.: Jordan Starkey (distance); Jr.: A.J. Marmion (throws)
Other notables: Srs.: Dugan Kuffel (hurdles), Alex Platz (pole vault), Jordan Reschke (sprints), Jay Wilson (pole vault); Jr.: Justin Seeley (hurdles); Soph.: Josh Beard (jumps)
Fredericks' view of the Maple Leafs: "Our numbers are up with good balance between the classes. Our goal is to keep improving as the season progresses. We have a strong senior class that will lead by example."

Moline Maroons
Coach:
Tauwon Taylor (8th season)
2012: 6th at Big 6
Returning state qualifiers: None
Other notables: Srs.: Abe Driscal (jumps), Jacob Estell (sprints), Jared Larson (distance), Benito Martinez (distance), Jon Pollock (throws), Matt Roche (sprints), Matthew Tuttle-Timm (distance)
Taylor's view of the Maroons: "We have some talented kids who will score in some key events, but we lack depth. That's going to hurt us in a big meet.''

Rock Island Rocks
Coach:
Ed Lillis (23rd season)
2012: Big 6 co-champions; 5th at Class 3A sectional
Returning state qualifiers: Srs.: Brian Richardson (sprints), Derrick Willies (hurdles/sprints); Jr.: Brandon Richardson (sprints)
Other notables: Srs.: Eric Ikundiro (distance), Charlie Sparkman (sprints), Aaron Arrington (jumps/sprints), Jrs.: Chris Ehimwenman (jumps/sports), DayQwon Jones (sprints/jumps), Travon Aldridge (jumps), Jamal Morrow (throws)
Lillis' view of the Rocks: "Our goal is always to progress weekly toward conference, sectional and state. It always takes a contribution from all four areas -- sprints, jumps, throws, distance -- for that to happen."

United Township Panthers
Coach:
Evan Holschbach (1st season)
2012: Big 6 co-champions
Returning state qualifiers: Srs.: Ben Jackson (sprints), Todd Flamer (sprints); Jrs.: Tyler Rasso (distance), Austin Webster (distance)
Other notables: Srs.: Spencer Haynie (sprints), Drew Merideth (sprints/jumps), Levi Perry (throws), Cody Cutkomp (throws), Tireni Ajibola (jumps); Jrs.: Dalton Oakes (hurdles), Pauly Boore (mid-distance)
Holschbach's view of the Panthers: "Our strength will be our balance. With returning sprinters, jumpers and throwers headlining our speed and power events and two cross country all-state juniors leading a strong distance squad, we expect to be in the hunt in every event. Our sights are set on a sixth consecutive Big 6 title.''




  












 




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  Today is Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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