Another season is here for the Knights track and field team, and it looks to be a promising one. Despite a number of key graduates from last year’s team, they look to have enough remaining runners to keep up the success from last year.
Timothy Weidinger and Lucas Humel are two big losses from last year’s team, as they were the Knights top two runners in the men’s 100, 200, and 400 meters. Senior Connor Choy will take over as the team’s top runner in the 100 and 200 meters, while Senior Mehdi Aziz will take over as the team’s top runner in the 400 meters. They also lost Parker Wilkerson for the 800 meters, but Sophomore Trey Brown should take over his place there. For the long-distance races, the Knights lost star runner Preston Norris, and Senior Charlie Kisylia will be taking over as the team’s top long-distance runner. Lastly, Aziz will take over for Humel as the team’s top hurdler.
On the female side, the Knights will be returning most of their top runners other than long-distance runner Veronica Towle and star hurdler Taylor Weidinger. Junior Sophia Pardo will once again be the team’s top runner in the 100, 200, and 400 meters. Sophomore Keilah Wright will take over for the graduated Keilah Wright in the 800 meters, while Sophomore Emma Yamamoto will be the top runner for the long-distance events. Lastly, Junior Kendall Tish will be the team’s top hurdler, taking over for Weidinger.
In the field events, Junior Dante Ionora will be the team’s top male shot putter, while star Senior discus thrower Devin de Monteiro will return with fellow Senior Sam Wise right behind him. Filling out the final events, it will be Trey Brown in the high jump, Junior Joseph Anderson in the pole vault, and Senior Liam Myers-Arroyo in the long jump and triple jump.
For the girls, it will be Senior Elena Gant in both the shot put and discus, Sophomore Maya Bahnasy in the high jump, Junior Jessica Warren in the pole vault, and Junior Kendall Tish in the long jump.
Despite a long list of graduating players, it looks like the Knights will be returning plenty of talent to remain a threat in the DAL.