After a tough rebuilding year in 2012, the Stormy Petrel men's team looks for vast improvement as they add a host of talented newcomers. "We took our lumps last year," states head coach Jan Spiro. "We learned a lot and now we have added some great athletes, some of whom have already set indoor records this season. I expect a much improved team."
Sophomore captain Michael Caneega leads the middle distance and pole vaulting brigade. "We asked a lot of Michael last year as a freshman and he preformed exceptionally," says Spiro. "He had never run the steeplechase or the 800-meter and he sacrificed for the team and ran them brilliantly." This year he has help as seniors Jeet Magar and Pablo Garcia, junior Alexander Johnson, and freshmen Arturo Principe and Norman Cervantes join the squad. Garcia already has school records in the indoor 800-meter, mile and distance medley to his credit.
The throwers are a whole new group. Jake Godwin, John Kotoghiorghes and Heath Khan are raw, but have the talent. "It will be a learning process for these guys but they have the ability to do really well as the season progresses', says Spiro.
The sprinters and jumpers expect a big season and big improvement. Talented freshmen Dessa Raymond, Jacquawn Lockhart, Andre Smith and Blake Jones join veteran returner Luq Mohammed to form a group which has already set a school indoor mile relay record. "Jones and Lockhart already have indoor records in the high jump, hurdles, 60-meter and 200-meter dashes. These athletes have unlimited potential," says Spiro.
The schedule, as always, is challenging with visits to Furman University in Greenville, S.C., and Savannah, Ga., added to the slate.
"We have a lot of work to do, but the new talent we have added plus the returners make me very optimistic for this season," states Spiro. "We have superior leadership provided by Michael Caneega and senior team leader Sherry Blystone. I'm confident they will lead this team successfully."