By Taylor Eldridge
Last season we saw the Northwest boys’ track team make some history and bring home the school’s first titles from league and regional meets. The Grizzlies were loaded with top-end talent and won the league meet by 18 points.
Now most of that talent is back for Northwest, but the rest of the City League has improved. Judging from early season performances, Southeast is right with, if not ahead, of Northwest. Bishop Carroll is always strong, as is Heights.
Four teams appear to have shots at this year’s title. Let’s see some thoughts from coaches in the league on the race. Click the jump to find out.
North coach Tyrone Galbreath
“I think it’s pretty wide open. I think there’s a lot of teams that have several top kids. Basically our job at North is to get as many kids in the top-3 placings as we can. I think Southeast, Carroll, Northwest, some of those teams that have quality kids, but maybe lack a little depth. Our job is to go through there and break through in some of those events. We have some kids that are coming around and doing some fine things, so we’re hoping that will help us toward the end.”
Northwest coach Ron Russell
“We really don’t have any idea of how good we are going to be until the end of the year. We have different individuals that will do good. As far as the City League goes, Southeast has looked phenomenal. They’re better in just about every event right now. They’re deep in the throws. Their sprinters are stepping up. They’ve been extremely impressive. Southeast is probably the team to beat right now. Heights and Carroll are right there too.”
Heights coach Steve Crosley
“Southeast definitely looks pretty good. And Northwest will be good and Bishop Carroll too. They’re kind of like us. They send part of their kids this way and send more of them that way. But I know they’ll all be pretty solid. It should be a great race.”
So who do you think the favorite should be this year? Should it be Northwest, the defending champion returning almost everyone? Or should it be Southeast, the team that has looked best in the first week of the season. What are your thoughts?