Kids aim to excel in playoffs
Northampton head track coach Tim Caffrey can apply the same principal he has through the years to his squad for the spring season - start slow and finish fast.
"We may not do as well as we think we can during the dual season," said Caffrey, who began his ninth season as head coach and 36th overall in the program. "But we always tend to do well in the conference and district meet.
"We have a handful of returnees for both our boys' and girls' teams, and we expect to do well at the league and district meets."
On the boys' side, the K-Kids will welcome 85 candidates who all will look to improve on last year's overall 4-5 mark. The Kids will have 19 seniors back in the fold, all of whom have the potential to be point scorers this season.
Seniors are Chris Albright (sprints), Jared Bauer (hurdles/sprints), Blake Boehm (hurdles/throws), Brad Bamford (distance), Kentyn Chambers (hurdles, sprints), Jacob DeAngeles (sprints/pole vault), Connor Keck (jumps), Tim Kelly (hurdles/sprints), Murphy Lynch (distance), James Maxwell (distance), Ian Miller (sprints), Harrison Moser (distance), Chris Rehrig (sprints), Zane Sebesta (pole vault, sprints), Jonathan Stevens (distance), Matt Sommers (jumps), Julian Tabb (sprints), Chris Traugher (distance), and Ryan Zwolenik (throws).
Others who figure to be in the mix are juniors Alex Ardle (throws), Matt Filipovits (throws), Ty Marinelli (throws), and Darren Stauffer (jumps), along with sophomores Logan Koehler (throws), Adam Kuronya (jumps), Colton Maxwell (sprints), and Noah Rindock (jumps) have also been impressive in the early going.
"We lost some good throwers, but we'll be strong in hurdles," said Caffrey. "We should be able to hold our own in sprints and we'll have to work on distance and jumps."
On the girls' side, the K-Kids will have 53 girls in the program from last year's 2-7 season, and have a group of returnees that include junior Hanna Marth, the Lehigh Valley Conference champion in javelin, along with seniors Erica Filipovits (hurdles), Olivia Walters (jumps), and Gillian Krupa (distance).
Others who should figure prominently are seniors Kimberly Larena (distance), Makayla Miller (pole vault), Alexis Morgan (throws), Alison Reenock (distance), Madison Smith (sprints), Nicole Teklits (throws), and Jen Wechsler (sprints).
Juniors who can make an impact are Molly Boyanoski (jumps), Tiffany Cuth (distance), Taylor Fullin (hurdles/sprints), McKenna Marhefka (sprints), and Emily Perry (hurdles/sprints).
It will be a season of learning and maturing for the K-Kids until the postseason.
"We'll have some new faces this year," added Caffrey. "But we should be a better team at the end of the season."