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 Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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