A large number of points were lost to graduation, but 10th-year Goshen High School boys track and field coach Brock Maust is optimistic he has the talent among the 110 competitors on the Redskin squad for the 2013 season to overcome the losses.
There are 10 returning letterwinners. They are seniors Cristian Barron, Luke Kaufman, Alfonso Torres and Reid Zimmerman; juniors Ricardo Castillo and Jamie Graves, sophomores Gerardo Abad, Quinten Holley, Mykal Kauffman and Abraham Medellin.
“There is no doubt distance as it has been in past seasons will be the backbone of the GHS team,” the coach said. “We took our 4 x 800-meter relay and distance medley relay to indoor state at Indiana Wesleyan. We don’t have a Tyler Wynn type standout runner, but we have a number of quality ones. Zimmerman, Luke Kaufman and Torres are set to lead the distance crew. Castillo and Abad will also help us in the distance events. We should have more depth in all the distance events this season. Graves should be our leader in the 400. Mykal Kauffman gives us depth in the 200 and 400.”
Medellin is being brought along slowly after undergoing surgery in September for an ankle injury sustained during football season.
“We are preparing him slowly as he is an important part of our team,” Maust said.
Goshen is slated to open the 2013 season with a home meet against Elkhart Central today at 1 p.m. The meet was originally scheduled for Thursday, then was moved to Friday and then slated for today.
The Charger Relays that has been scheduled for today at Elkhart Memorial have been cancelled.
A year ago, the Redskins placed fifth in the Class A standings of the Goshen Relays and fourth in the Goshen sectional.
Among the losses to graduation were Reade Carboneau, Brandon Daniels and Daniel Deboni.
“They scored a tremendous amount of points for us,” Maust said.
Carboneau placed sixth in the 110 high hurdles (15.70) in the sectional, Daniels first in shot put (52-0) and Deboni fourth in the 200 (22.73) and sixth in the 100 (11.29). Daniels went on to finish 10th at the state meet (54-1).
Other losses to graduation were Jordan Adkins, Rolando Alcaraz, Bomi Animashaun, Cory Bures, Ronald Callahan, Jesus Castillo, Zack Eldridge, Christopher Keaton, Louis Kissinger, Deangelo Ortiz, Logan Schlabach, Richie Sleppy, Ryan Steele and Zach Truex.
Luke Kaufman, Kissinger, Schlabach and Zimmerman placed 19th at state last season in the 4 x 800 relay (8:08.73).
Maust expects Barron to be the team’s top 300 hurdler.
More seniors are Joshua Abbs, Tyler Beasy, Brodie Bender, Diego Chacon, Miguel Cornonado, Gustavo Cuatepotzo, Joel DeVries, Jordan Gingerich, David Isaula, Michael Isnogle, Robert Leon, Antonio Mayorga, Omar Palomares, Irvin Paz, Brent Richter, Pablo Rodriguez, Troy Wiktorowski and Nick Woodward.
“Bender has really worked hard on his hurdles in the offseason,” Maust said. “Wiktorowski is our top returnee in discus. Isaula is going to make a name for himself in the 400. Rodriguez will also help us in the throws.”
Additional juniors are Hector Aguero, Tyler Anderson, Josh Bustos, Samuel Byler, Valentin Calvillo, Bryan Cruz, Carlos Duarte-Contreras, Jonathan Gonzalez, Tyler Mast, Jonathan Medina, Eduardo Ortiz, George Palos, Josue Portillo, Joey Rockwood, Brandon Roque, Antonio Ruiz, Migual Ruiz, Abram Schwinn, Dimitriy Shendel, Evan Smith, John Trenshaw, Mitchell Watts and Austin Weirich.
“Watts has made big strides in shot,” Maust said. “He went to indoor state. Bustos was an indoor state qualifier in pole vault. Byler is going to help in high jump and pole vault. The first indoor meet he high jumped 5-10. That’s an increase of four inches on his personal best.
Other sophomores are Trevor Burns, Jaime Castillo, Pablo Corral, Brandon Esqueda, Nicholas Gerber, Jacob Isnogle, Dakota Lewallen, Jersay Mondragen, Jose Ortiz, Everado Palos, Abertano Perez, Andrew Pillow, Samuel Rodriguez, Grant Simpson, Gabriel Soriano, Christian Soto, Quentin Steffen, Jonathon Stutsman, Marcos Valencia, Langston Wenger and Jacob Wiese.
“Gerber should help us in the throws,” Maust said. “Isnogle has cleared 12-0 in pole vault. Pillow is another one that should help us.”
Freshmen are Mario Aguero, Edgar Arroyo, Jose Castillo, Oscar Chavarria, Jose Chiquito, Jorge Corral, Ethan Fransen, Lane Galloway, Jose Garcia, Ronaldo Garcia, Bulmaro Gaytan, Christian Gonzales, Frank Gonzalez, Jordan Holley, Johnathan Inchauregui, Hudson Kay, Cameron Kline, Trace Lambert, Glenn Leemon, Kyle Lutes, Dave Marshall, Brenn McKee, Samuel Moncivaiz, Victor Moreno, Eufemio Ochoa, Derek Paz, Juan Perez, Kevin Rivera, Alex Rodriguez, Josh Schirch, Brandon Scott, Eric Smith, Rodney Spencer, Christian Stuckman, Issac Trujillo, Chris Ubaldo, Erik Villegas and Rafeal Zuniga.
This is the largest freshmen class I’ve ever had,” Maust said. “A number of them were on the undefeated freshmen football team so they know how to win.
“Kay is going to help us in the 300 hurdles and pole vault, Kline in the sprints and long jump, Rodriguez in the 200 and 400 and Garcia was one of our better 400 runners in the middle school.”
Assistant coaches are Mike Wynn, Chris DuBois, Rachael Baker, Jesse Vasquez, Kevin Park, Brett Baranic, Kyle Laker, Erica Emanuel, Mike Biller, John Place, Jake Heiliger, Brock Goodman, Graham Clark, Rick Clark, Carl Weaver and Kaila Stevens.
Mar. 23 — Elkhart Central H
Mar. 26 — West Noble T
Mar. 28 — Lakeland H
Apr. 11 — NR/Plymouth T
Apr. 18 — Concord/Waw. H
Apr. 20 — Goshen Relays
Apr. 25 — NorthWood T
Apr. 27 — John Reed Relays at East Noble
Apr. 27 — John Reed Relays at East Noble
May 1 — Memorial/Warsaw EM
May 3 — Kelley Relays at Concord
May 7 — NLC Championships at Warsaw
May 16 — Sectional at Goshen
May 23 — Regional at Kokomo
May 31 — State Finals at Bloomington