AC/GC boys track and field team led by key returners
This season, Tyler Mosbach begins his fourth year as a track and field coach and his first for the newly combined Adair-Casey/Guthrie Center squad.
And although it is only their first year together, expectations are high for the Charger team in the spring of 2017.
“As a team the kids are all technically newcomers — this is the first year of AC/GC track, and I think just the numbers alone are promising,” Mosbach said. “Every season’s best this year will be a new school record, and that alone will give the guys a lot of motivation to do their best.”
Returning to lead the Chargers as a school-record holder for Adair-Casey last season is senior Cale Billheimer, who set the school standard in the 3200 meter run with a time of 10:30.85. Billheimer made his third trip to the state cross country course last fall.
Also returning with experience from the state track meet a year ago are seniors Logan Scheuermann and Landon Foster. Foster and Scheuermann were members of a 4x800 relay team that finished 17th for Guthrie Center in Class 1-A at the blue oval in the spring of 2016. Scheuermann also ran 21st in the boys 800 with a time of 2:06.44.
Billheimer, Foster and Scheuermann were all members of the Charger state qualifying cross country team last fall. Also out for track this spring and members of the state cross country team are Noah Nelsen, Quenton Spack and Clay Billheimer.
Other returning lettermen for the Chargers are sophomores Dylan Soper and Avery Wheatley, juniors Nathan Schiller, Carter Schildberg, Cadeyn Wardyn and Grady Laabs, and senior Jacob Joliet.
“With the distance guys performing so well in state cross country, it is hard not to call that a strength,” Mosbach said. “I also think we will have the ability to put a couple good relays together.”
Looking at the West Central Conference, Mosbach said he expects it to be very competitive this season.
“Most of the schools in our conference have a lot of speed and depth,” he said. “They are in the state meet every year with multiple events and it will be the same this year. I believe we will stack up well in a lot of the distance events and some relays.”
Mosbach is assisted this season by Mike Griglione and Mark McDermott. The Chargers open the outdoor season on Monday, March 27 at Greene County in Jefferson.