Track & Field

Red Devil boys expected to repeat as champs; girls to improve on last year’s third place finish

Red Devil track and field team member Dante Wells prepares to throw a javelin during a recent practice.
Photo by Anthony Militano

Dennis Wells has high expectations for Red Devil track and field – and why not? He certainly has the talent. “The boys took state last year and they’re favored to take it again this year,” said Wells. “The girls took third last year, but I think we can get them to finish higher. We’re hoping we can get them a state championship, too, and come home with two state championships this year. I’m hoping with the nucleus of talent we have coming back, both boys and girls, that they both could take the state championship.”

Wells knows his team, what they bring to the table, and what he expects. “Girls, we’ve got Annabelle Garrett, she’s a high jumper. We will see how she does,” said Wells. “Her knee is still bothering her. We have Veda Gritts. I think she was eighth in javelin last year, first in discus and second in shot put. With her coming back, that will really help the girls. “We’ve got Auburn Jackman coming back. She’s a 200 and 400 runner and she does relays.”

Coming back on the boys side, there is Connor Guerrero for hurdles and relays. Teddy Park is a high jumper. Jarom Shumway is a shot put athlete. He’ll be ranked number one in shot put and he’ll be in the top five for discus, so he’ll be good.

Eli Hazlett is a junior, but he’s ranked number one in the 400 and number two in the 100 and the 200 and he’s really going to help us out,” said Wells.

“We’ve got a couple of good runners on the boys side–Evan Ellison and Malachi Ricks. And on the girls side Malachi’s little sister, Kylah, she’s favored to be the state champion in the one mile and the two mile, that will really help the girls, too,” he said.

“So, the girls and boys, we’re going to have some good athletes on the team, so it is going to be exciting.”