By J. Daniel Rollins
Register-Herald Sports Writer
While students in Raleigh County have been praying for snow days all week, Woodrow Wilson track coach John H. Lilly was praying for just the opposite.
“The snow has really hampered us,” Lilly said. “We haven’t been able to run in a meet yet. We’ve been training hard, but Spring Break and snow delays don’t equal progress.”
Lilly is excited to see the Flying Eagles on the track. Who could blame him?
Beckley returns two state champions in Ramon Edwards and Jacob Meadows.
Edwards and Meadows made up half of the 2012 4x100 state champions, with Nikko Wesley and Zach Tilley, and will look to anchor the Flying Eagles in 2013.
“We have some seniors back that have been in the state meet and been state champions, so we’ll lean on them pretty heavy,” Lilly said.
Lilly will also look for distance runner Mike Kelly and hurdler Chase Hancock, as well as discus thrower Troy Lilly and shotputer Khalil Anderson, to provide his team a spark in hopes of bringing home even more hardware this season.
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While Lilly’s boys track and field team has plenty of experience, coach Shirley Brown will look toward youth and potential with the Lady Eagles.
“We’re pretty young,” Brown said. “We’ve got a lot of 9th and 10th graders and only three seniors. We’re pretty young, but I think they’ll be okay.”
While the snow has made it difficult for Brown to really see what kind of talent the younger runners bring to the team, she is excited about distance runners Amanda Hamilton and Rachel Fedders.
“Amanda is going to do real well in the 4x800 and mile,” Brown said. “She’ll be really good.”
“Rachel is a sophmore and she’s doing really good. She’s running the mile in 6:02 and just ran the two mile in 12:28,” Brown continued. “She’s doing really well.”
Brown admitted that the Lady Eagles are a little thin in the field events, but she feels high jumper Tranner Trostle will have a great season.
“She’ll do very well,” Brown said.
The Flying Eagles will look to hit the track, weather permitting, following Spring Break.
“I think if you revisit all of our track teams in the area midseason, we’ll be able to see exactly how good they are,” Brown added. “It’s a little tough when you have to shovel the snow off the track just to practice.”
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Both the boys and girls track teams will compete in the Oak Hill Invitational on Tuesday, April 9.
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