IN THE NEWS: WARRIORS TRACK TEAMS BUILDING AROUND NOAH ST. JOHN, GRACE HALL
By Jarrod Ulrey, THISWEEKSPORTS.COM
The Worthington Christian track and field program is spending the first few weeks of the season gaining experience after losing 18 competitors who would have been seniors last spring, when the season was canceled because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Both the boys and girls teams have one returning competitor from the 2019 Division III state meet.
“It’s been a long year and I feel bad for the seniors last year that couldn’t compete, but we’re glad we get to go this year,” coach Mark Mousa said. “We’re very young this year. We knew we were going to be losing a very good group, but we have about 30 girls and 30 boys and a lot of them are freshmen and sophomores.”
The top returnee for the boys is senior Noah St. John, who ran on the 3,200-meter relay that finished 13th (8 minutes, 19.36 seconds) at state in 2019. St. John, who also will run the 800, is planning to compete collegiately for Indiana Wesleyan.
Junior Tyler White is expected to be one of the Warriors’ top 200 and 400 runners, with senior Aaron Manzer, junior Michael Nyamohanga and sophomore Elijah Alt joining him in the sprints. Manzer also will do the long jump.
Sophomore Josh Carrell and freshman Jax Hollister are competing in the shot put and discus.
The girls are led by junior Grace Hall, who was a regional qualifier in 2019 in the 100 and ran on the 400 relay that was 15th (51.02) at state. She also will compete in the long jump.
Also returning after competing in the 2019 regional are junior Sydney Diedrich (800) and junior Audrey Mousa (1,600 relay). Mousa is expected to be a strong 200 runner.
Junior Briana Plummer is a newcomer who is competing in sprints along with senior Alysha Beard.
Sophomore Zoe Ward is competing in distance, with freshman Emma Unger likely to run middle distance and distance.
Junior Morgan Lawrence will compete in the shot put and discus.
“We’ve got a lot of young guys that we’re excited to work with,” coach Mousa said. “With our girls team, we have a lot of freshmen and they’re just very, very talented and extremely athletic. They need to learn how to race and compete, but our girls team will be very good even though we’re extremely young.”
Read more of Jarrod Ulrey’s coverage of WC sports here, including news on the boys tennis team.