Track teams will look to improve
Northampton head track coach Tim Caffrey expects to see some definitive results from his squad later in the season.
The Konkrete Kids will begin this year's campaign with a handful of returnees and several newcomers as they lost a significant amount of seniors from last year's program.
"We have a number of new athletes out this season," said Caffrey, who will begin his 10th season at the helm and 37th overall in the program. "We did lose a good amount of seniors. Our results may not be promising and it could be a difficult season.
"We're still in the building process."
Caffrey also noted the team will be using Whitehall's track due to ongoing construction with the athletic complex. Beginning this week, the Kids only had one day of practice on the track due to a series of early dismissals and the recent rash of winter weather.
Still, the Kids will field a squad of approximately 100 athletes, several returning upperclassmen among them.
Senior Hannah Marth, who threw for 129.10, will be back at javelin after she won the league meet and also traveled to the state tournament.
Other seniors in the mix will be Taylor Fullin (100 and 300 hurdles), Emily Perry (110 and 330 hurdles) and Makenna Marhefka (sprints).
Some promising juniors expected to make a contributions will be Charlie Amore (400 and 800), Megan Hemingway (400, 800, jumps), Joelle Perelli (distance), and Lauren Sterner (200, 400, and 800).
Sophomore Megan Gallagher, who ran the mile at states last year, should also be a factor.
On the boys' side, seniors Alex Ardle (throws), Casey Baylor (distance), and Matt Filipovits (hurdles) are back. Fellow seniors Tyler Jackson, Christian Pinnock, and Mike Stanley will be in the program for the first time.
Colton Maxwell (sprints, distance) heads a core of returning juniors that will also include Noah Rindock (jumps), Aidan Kuronya (jumps), and Logan Koehler (throws).
Caffrey envisions his underclassmen likely being able to make an impact at the end of the season.
"With the boys and some of the girls, it is really a lack of experience," he stated. "There is talent there, but it will take some time."
The Kids were scheduled to open their season at Parkland Wednesday.
"Not having a lot of practice time will hurt us at the start," said Caffrey. "Once we have some practice time, we'll see how things happen for us. But this will be a slow start."