McCONNELSVILLE - Morgan High's boys track team will count on a youthful group of athletes this spring.
With only five returning seniors, head coach John Robbins is hoping a talented class of sophomores and freshmen will step up and produce.
"We're going through a big turnover in upperclassmen," Robbins said.
Seniors James Vickers, Brody Veyon, Carson Pavol, Ryan Robinson and William Skinner bring the most experience to the squad.
Vickers will be Morgan's top hurdler and sprinter this season.
"He was right behind (state qualifier) Clinton (Campbell) last year," Robbins noted.
Pavol, the best athlete on the team according to Robbins, will compete in the 200 meter dash and the long jump. Before sitting out last year due to injuries, Pavol "won several meets as a sophomore," Robbins said.
Veyon will compete in distance races, Robinson in the 400 and Skinner in sprints and pole vault.
Robbins also expects big things out of sophomore Trace Schaad, a distance runner. "He is gonna be phenomenal," Robbins said. "He's gonna step up big for us."
Fellow sophomore Rhys Ramirez will be the Raiders' most experienced thrower while classmate Collin Veyon will provide depth in hurdles and relays.
"We're really young," Robbins said. "Three-quarters of our team are sophomores or freshmen.
"They're all very coach-able kids."
Morgan will compete in a preseason meet at Fort Frye on April 2 before opening the regular season at Nelsonville-York in the Rocky Brands Invitational on April 5.
Robbins is hoping his team can use the regular season to get into top-notch form for the postseason.
"We're just gonna set our sights for MVLs and districts," he said. "Hopefully we'll build from now till then and peek at the right time."
On the girls side, the Kim Garrett-coached Lady Raiders return a talented distance runner in Cheyenne Hanson.