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Villa Grove Blue Devils high school boys track preview

 By Tony Hooker
How many athletes do you have on your team?
The guys’ team has 25 athletes on the roster. This is up from 18 from last year which includes losing the guys from Heritage. I am excited that we have strong numbers, and the team continues to grow.

Who are the returning letter winners?
We have 11 returning letter winners, along with a handful of freshmen who had a very successful cross-country season, and some new faces that will add much needed speed and depth in events.

Any newcomers who are standing out to you?
It is still early to tell as I haven’t seen half the team due to basketball. Again, it is early for specific people to watch but we had a meet yesterday and I was very impressed with what I saw.

Some key losses are Daelin Price in the throws and the coop. We are leaving a lot of points on the table from them and lost our two state qualifiers from last year. It is obviously hard to replace state qualifying level athletes but judging from cross country and our throws program having more direction I believe we will be able to recover those lost points.

Who were some of the key losses from last season? 
Some key losses are Daelin Price in the throws and the coop. We are leaving a lot of points on the table from them and lost our two state qualifiers from last year. It is obviously hard to replace state qualifying level athletes but judging from cross country and our throws program having more direction I believe we will be able to recover those lost points.

What are your expectations for the season? Do you see potential state qualifiers or conference champions?
I expect a highly competitive team. We got third in conference last year, We should be able to stay around that level and hopefully compete for the conference title. Our conference has a ton of talent as we saw in the fall with ALAH getting second at XC state. I am very excited to hopefully have a more normal season as last year they went from basketball to football, and we had a month of track season. The team is already in good shape as I had many athletes run personal bests in just their first meet of the season. I am not superstitious but I am a little stitious so I won’t mention anyone in particular but I do think that we have the work ethic and talent to have multiple state qualifiers.

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