Metro boys' track preview capsules


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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, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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