One thing about the Butte Central track team looks a bit different this season … there’s a lot of them than have been seen in a few years.
Butte Central head track and field coach Zach Stajcar said he’s got 10 girls and 25 boys out for the team this spring, plenty more than he’s had in recent campaigns.
“We won’t have to be pulling any of the big guys away from the throws to fill a relay team,” Stajcar said with a smile.
The Maroons will see their first action of the season – weather permitting – Saturday morning in Dillon at Vigilante Field. The meet is slated for a 9 a.m. start.
Though the Maroons have had only a handful of outdoor practices thus far this spring, Stajcar has high hopes for his crew.
“Overall as a group, this is probably the most athletic and talented group of kids we’ve had here it the last five or six years,” he said. “The thing about these kids is, if you ask them to do something they just do it. They’re here to work hard.”
Another difference from years past Stajcar noted is his team’s overall health.
“The big thing is we aren’t beat up and sore like we’ve been,” he said, noting that he intends to keep his athletes healthy as well as he can. “We’re going to try to avoid injuries and fight through the whole season.”
Stajcar said the idea for Saturday’s meet will be for athletes to pick out two or three events in the chilly weather as opposed to “loading up with five.”
“We’re not up to full speed yet,” he said. “This meet will be a bit of a tester to see where we are.”
On the boys’ side of the track, the Maroons look to senior Wyatt Kingston for speed in the short races, while sophomore Kyle Harrington also brings some wheels with State meet experience. Danny Peoples will run a sprint or two, Stajcar said, as well as competing in the high jump and javelin.
Junior Conor McGee leads the Maroons in the distance events, and should be competitive in the 1,600 and 3,200.
The weights will see juniors Marcus Ferriter and Kaemen Richards, along with a host of freshmen and sophomores who will get a chance to display their abilities.
Central’s girls are led by senior javelin specialist Chandra McCurdy, who brings State meet experience, as well as sophomore sprinter Whitney McGree. Rachel McGree steps in as one of Butte Central’s first true hurdlers in a while, as Abby McGee and Rachel Banks round out the distance events for the Maroons.
“The girls are spread out, and we’ve got talent in the running, jumping and throws,” Stajcar said.