With spring sports getting in full swing this weekend, gopetrels.com is taking a look at the upcoming seasons. Here's a look at the 2012 men's track squad.
2012 Men's Track Season Preview
After completing a double jump from 10th to 8th place in the SCAC conference in 2011, the 2012 Stormy Petrels men's team will face a bit a of a rebuilding campaign after losing four school record holders from last season. Saddled with competing in one of the toughest track regions in the country, head coach Jan Spiro knows that he has his work cut out for him in 2012. He will need to mesh the one returning starter with nine talented incoming freshmen in order to try to continue to climb the ranks of the SCAC.
The lone returnee is junior Max Duwat who had an outstanding sophomore season. Duwat won the bronze medal at the SCAC Championships with a personal best triple jump. He was edged for second place by graduated senior captain Evan Britton.
Leading the charge for newcomers to the Petrels line-up will be freshman Kylon Haugabook of Fayetteville, Ga. and other local star Luq Mohammad of Norcross, Ga. Joining the two sprints stars are freshman Jacob Bowman of Rome, Ga. and Brandon Foster of Jonesboro, Gaa., who will also compete in both the pole vault and high jump, respectively. Distance runner Michael Caneega of Dublin, Ga., who helped the OU Harriers last fall, will compete in both the mile and steeple chase this spring.
The throwing team consists of three newcomers who have terrific potential as shot putters and discus throwers: Austin Collier of Atlanta, Kai Owens of Stockbridge High School and Edgardo Martinez of Honduras.
The schedule, as always, will provide a myriad of challenges for the 2012 squad featuring matchups versus Jacksonville State, Emory and conference foes Millsaps and Birmingham Southern. To view the entire men's track and field schedule, go here.
"We have a lot of work to do to integrate this new talent in 2012, but I very much look forward to the challenges this season will present," said coach Spiro. "We are young and hungry…we will just some seasoning."