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2020 Jac-Cen-Del Boys and Girls Track Outlook from Larry Hammond

Prior to the start of any season, there is always an air of hope and optimism by coaches and players.  Unfortunately, that hope and optimism for the spring sports season was dashed for everyone with its cancellation due to COVID-19.

But we asked coaches to share with us what they were looking forward to: team outlook, individual hopes and expectations or anything else about the season in general.  We’ll be sharing those stories as we receive them and we appreciate those who took the time to send us their thoughts.

Jac-Cen-Del coach Larry Hammond- Jac-Cen-Del had a lot of returning athletes who scored points for us from the previous year.  Last year, the girls and boys’ teams finished second in conference.   We added a lot of talent from the incoming freshman class along with some exchange students who are good runners

Along with the junior high coaches, we split up the students to work on certain areas: Tom Hughes– running, Jennifer Laws– jumping, Cheryl Kuhn– running, Dave Huling- relays and Larry Hammond– throwing.   I feel both of our teams would have won conference this year, a feat which had not been done since 1986 for the boys and 2001 for the girls.

To start, I want to highlight the athletes I thought would have gone far.  The first one is a junior Luke Comer. He worked since last summer to get better at discus.  He was consistently practicing mechanics.  When he got out to the field, I had all the younger throwers come over and watch him throw.   This young man had three throws all over 150 feet with a best of 160.  Had Luke had those same throws last year, it would have gotten him sixth place in state.  I am really looking forward to him throwing his senior year. He would have gotten a lot of college attention this season.

My next athlete is also a junior, Damon Hughes.  Over the past two years, Damon has moved on to regionals in the 800 and 1600m runs.  I feel he would have competed there again.

Another junior is Shaylee Volz. As in years past, she has consistently been a strong thrower.  She won shot the past two years and discus once for conference.  She also placed in top four in both events at sectional.  Shaylee had been throwing better and I feel she would have advanced this year to regional in one or both.

Two sisters who both love to run and do the hurdles are Cloey and Kayla Simon.  Both young ladies advanced to the regionals last year in the 300 hurdles.   With the assistance of JCD alum Kelsey Bowling, they were working on improving their time.  Kelsey went to Franklin College for track. She was a sectional champ for in the 100 hurdles her sophomore through senior years.

Megan Weber is a freshman who had some amazing times in the 200 and 400m dashes during junior high and was expecting great things from her.

Linn Sievert is an exchange student from Germany.  This young lady is a strong runner and would have done well in the 800 and 1600m runs.

Corbin White was an up and coming freshman who had some outstanding throws in junior high.

Outlook continues.

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