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Conway Springs' hurdlers clicking

Some schools are known for their tradition of pumping out good hurdlers, and Conway Springs coach Brent Martens envied them.

"We identified that as an event we thought we score in consistently if you get the kids to just work at it," Martens said.

That plan has come to fruition this year, as his boys team has three hurdlers consistently under 16 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles in Brian Doffing, Tyler Martin and Joseph Gerber.

"One guy might not be the fastest in the state, but I would be willing to put our three guys up against any other three," Martens said.

For that matter, the entire team. The Cardinals have traditionally had successful teams, but this year the boy's team has perhaps its best team, or certainly the most depth.

Doffing, Gerber and Martin score in at least two events each. Michael Harris is one of the top high jumpers in the state and has already cleared 6-foot-5.

Gerber is also one of Class 3A's top triple jumpers, while Matt Seiwert is the same in the javelin.

"There's probably four or five boys that can score in two, three, four events," Martens said.

The 400-meter relay team won Class 3A last season. Now team hardware is what the Cardinals are searching for.

The scary part is that most of the team will be back next season.

"We're definitely excited about the future," Martens said. "Those guys kind of got a taste of what winning a first-place medal was like last year and now they want that feeling again."

Promising future — North is excited about the future, but coach Tyrone Galbreath hopes the team can make an impact this season, too.

While Galbreath is focused on grooming the team's youth, there are older athletes such as DeRondre Smith, DeAntae Daniels and Torrance Henderson who have state aspirations.

Daniels is hoping to break through in the sprints this season, and is also competitive in the long jump. Henderson also long jumps, but his specialty is the high jump. Daniels adds to a solid sprint group.

"Right now I think we're pretty solid," Galbreath said. "I think we've got some good young kids and some good older kids. We're pretty excited about the future, but we're also looking forward to seeing what those kids can do this year."

North will be in action today at the Derby Invitational.

What depth can do — Bishop Carroll feels like it has five runners who could be No. 1-type guys at other schools.

David Thor, Gage Garcia, James Hampton, Andy Schepis and Logan Sageser won a state championship in the fall during cross country season.

Now they're turning their focus toward another title this spring.

"It will be interesting to see what they can do for us and what type of points that will pull in for us," Carroll coach Cory Swords said. "I feel very blessed, quite frankly. It gives me a lot of options of what I can do."