The Shadyside Tigers have a storied track and field history.
Both boys head coach Michael Kernik and girls head coach Jenna Coyne hope to get their teams back on track after unsually down seasons in 2013.
The Shadyside boys have 23 out for the squad as Kernik begins his second season at the helm.
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Pictured are the key returnees are the Shadyside girls track and field team. Front row, from left, Logen Johnson, Emily Persinger, McKayla Kinemond. Back row, from left, Hayley Miller, Alyssa Newhart and Hannah Higgins.
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Pictured are the key returnees are the Shadyside boys track and field team. Front row, from left, Logan Cline, Justin Bowers, Zach Vaughn, Hunter Hammond and Dante DeFelice. Back row, from left, Julian Runyon, Matt Krupa, Eric Howell, Austin Dorris, Mark Fahey and Robert Newhart.
Included are a large collection of lettermen that Kernik and his staff plan to lean on heavily.
"Our returning lettermen are going to be great leaders for our team this year," Kernik said. "Our upperclassmen have terrific work ethics and they're going to continue to lead the way for the young boys on the team and show them what it takes to be successful."
The Tigers' strength will be in the sprints with a solid core, including junior Eric Howell, who was a regional qualifier in the 400 meter dash.
Junior Austin Dorris - the owner of multiple Division I football offers - is doubling with baseball again this season. Junior Matt Krupa is another in the sprint mix.
Other options in the sprints include senior Robert Newhart, Logan Cline and Cole Tiger.
Krupa and Tiger will also see time in the hurdles.
The distance contingent is led by Julian Runyon, Mark Fahey, Justin Bowers, Zach Vaughn and Bryce Clark.
In the field, Howell and Cline are returnees in the long jump. Freshman Shadow Gibson is expected to be one of the area's top pole vaulters. Krupa will also enter that event.
Dante DeFelice, Hunter Hammond, Jacob Spencer, Mason Campbell and Zach Meadows are in the throwing events.
The balance of the Tigers' roster includes sophomore Zane Merryman, freshman Taylor Prickett, Chaz Davis, Cody Dixon-Rushman and Alex Ramsay.
Kernik is assisted by his wife, Lacie; Stu Rynkievich, Eric Krupa and Eric Doty.
THE LADY TIGERS, meanwhile, are ready for the new season with a roster that's underclass dominated. Coyne has just one senior and one junior on the squad.
However, that's not changed the attitude or approach.
"We're excited about the upcoming season," Coyne said. "The girls are working hard and it makes it fun to go to practice when you have a team that wants to be there."
Leading the way for the Lady Tigers is sophomore McKayla Kinemond, who will perform in a variety of events. She's a regional qualifier in the pole vault and is also a standout in the distance field.
Distance running should be a strength for the Lady Tigers. Kinemond will be joined by Hayley Miller, Madison Miller and Logen Johnson.
In the springs, Megan Moodispaw, Ashley Visnic and Alexa Coggins are expected to be the top entrants.
The balance of the Shadyside girls' squad includes: Emily Persinger, Alyssa Newhart, Hannah Higgins, Hayley Shook and Lauren Hoffman.
The Lady Tigers will have a huge hole to fill in the distance stable with current Ohio University runner Tara Tollett, the all-Ohioan at 3200 meters.
Other graduation losses include: Jayde Glasser, Alicia Gulley, Hayley Holenka and Tina Tollett.
Coyne is being assisted by Brianne Johnson, Butch Joseph and Laken Gibson.
The Tigers open their season Monday in the Ohio Valley Track League, which runs weekly at Fleming Field.
The complete schedule is as follows:
March 31 - OVTL ; April 5 - at Bellaire Early Bird; April 7 - OVTL ; April 8 - at Martins Ferry Relays; April 14 - OVTL; April 19 - at Shadyside Relays; April 21 - OVTL; April 26 - at Bellaire Relays; April 28 - OVTL; May 1 - Girls at Dave Ice Invitational at Bellaire; May 6 - OVAC Qualifying at St. Clairsville; May 8 - OVAC Qualifying at St. Clairsville; May 10 - OVAC Championship at St. Clairsville; May 12 - OVTL Championship