Veteran head coach Bob Hahn has been leading the Indian River High School track programs for nine years now. Being from a smaller school in the state, it is always difficult for the team to maintain depth and numbers on the roster.
It’s a similar situation again for Hahn and the Indians for 2019, but that certainly does not diminish their goals for individuals and the team as a whole.
Last year, the boys were 3-9 overall in the dual meets, while the girls were 5-7. The boys lost five to graduation, including Mike Corcoran. The girls were also hit with three key losses, in the form of Trayona Nock, Jewel Yanek and Leah Brasure.
The Indians will be counting on the services of six key returnees in Kashid Waples, Tony Velasquez, Reshawn Turner, Ramond Turner, Jack Felch and Lucas Weber.
Jaquan Floyd and Jodiah Morris are exciting new additions to the team, and Hahn said he is hopeful the combination of returnees and new talent can lead to more team success.
“Ideally, we are looking for the team to improve overall, while having the athletes set personal-best records and school records,” Hahn said. “We are looking for them to work hard, and hope that their work will lead to them qualifying and competing in the state track meet.”
For the girls, five key returnees have their eyes on helping IR work toward a winning record. Sarah Roehl, Keyonia Pernell, Yonya Wise, Lauren Grow and Alexis Buckley all will provide experience and leadership. Tatianna Young is one of the newcomers that Hahn is looking to have as a significant contributor to the team.
IR will only host one tri-meet this season, with Woodbridge and Laurel, opening up the season on Monday, March 25. All other meets will be on the road for the teams, and will all be tri-meets, with the exception of a quad-meet at Milford on Tuesday, April 30, with Milford, Dover and Laurel.
By Jason Feather