nd field teams have been some of the best around in the past handful of seasons.
As Ben Frye begins his ninth season at the helm, his boys and girls teams have both suffered some significant graduation losses, but the cupboard is far from bare.
The Red Devils' boys are coming off winning the Division II regional at Athens High School last June and return an all-Ohio sprinter in senior speedster Jaylon Brown to lead the way.
PICTURED ARE the key returnees for the St. Clairsville boys track team. Front row, from left, are Michael Eaton, Logan McCort, Isiah Green, Alex Timko and James Davenport. Back row, from left, are Jaylon Brown, Chandler Kilburn, Cole Skaggs, Michael Monteroso, Brandon Bosworth and Nick Vanvoltenburg. Absent was Colby Lindsay.
PICTURED ARE the key returnees for the St. Clairsville girls track team. From left are Ayla Stewart, Valerie Dobbs, Kennady Walker, Samantha Harrison, Joanna Vincenzo.
"We are anxious to see what our boys can do this season," Frye said. "We have a really good mix of seasoned veterans and a lot of young men. This group has been very motivated and are working very hard. If we can stay healthy, and continue to improve, we believe our young men have the potential to make another good showing in the championship portion of our schedule."
Brown will be the premier 100 and 200 meter dasher in the area this season. He finished third in the 100 and fourth in the 200 last season at the Division II state meet.
Brown will be joined in the sprint blocks by sophomore Isiah Green, who was a solid relay contributor a season ago.
In the distance races, the Red Devils must make up for the loss of all-Ohioan Drake Walker. Filling the void will be James Davenport, Logan McCort and Alex Timko.
Hurdling is an area where the Red Devils expect to score points with Brandon Bosworth and Chandler Kilburn.
The field should be a strength for St. Clairsville. In the pole vault, returning state qualifier Michael Eaton returns in the pole vault. He's joined by Cole Skaggs.
Junior Michael Monteroso is back and will enter in both the high jump and long jump. Kilburn is another to watch in the high jump.
In the throwing events, senior Colby Lindsay is expected to be one of the top discus throwers around. He and Nick VanVoltenburg will throw the shot put.
The balance of the Red Devils' roster include: juniors Dakota Bacon, Arshpreet Singh, sophomores Blake Peroni, Shane Peroni, Troy Powell, Baden Powell, Josiah Rhodes, Jake Stewart, Evan Timko, freshmen Zach Bigelow, Casey Clark, Trey Elerick, Alex Madzia, Austin Passmore, Kyle Roscoe, Nick Schramm, Dustin Tomich and Jordan Vincent.
THE LADY RED DEVILS, meanwhile, are "very young" according to their head coach, but that's not changed the approach.
"We have a few upperclassmen who are very solid, however, we will have to rely on our younger girls to grow up quickly," Frye said. "We must also do our best to remain healthy because we don't have the depth that we've had the past few years."
The Lady Devils will have to make up for the weekly points from Alyssa Robinson, too. The two-time Division II state shot put champion, who re-wrote basically every record book on her way to finishing undefeated last spring, is now throwing at Penn State University.
The Lady Red Devils' strength will be on the track with senior Ayla Stewart and sophomore Kennady Walker. Both were member of the St. C. sprint relays that qualified for the state meet last spring.
In the distance races, St. C. must also replace two all-Ohioans in Amy Castle and Juliana Madzia. Frye lists Sam Harrison and Joanna Vincenzo as the top returning distance runners.
In the hurdles, Shelby Sanders, Kaleigh Jozwiak and Brea Reitter are expected to be at the line.
In the field, Mikayla Westlake is ticketed for the high jump, while Reitter and Valerie Dobbs take part in the pole vault. Emily Eaton returns in both throwing events.
Battling for action are senior Morgan Fincham, sophomores Caitlyn Delbrugge, Destiny Fine, Lisa Fox, Sarah Heidelabch, Mia Hutchison, Hannah Jordan, Lauren Morgan, Harley Benda, Madie Fogle, Sydney Freeman, Alyssa Haller, Lexie Robinson, Mechenzie Wood and Jennifer Mazgaj.
Other graduation losses include: Shae Cenkus, Audra Vrotsos, Claire Slavik, Amanda Hoffman, Jay Gossett, Jesse Smith, Phil Burdyn and Brady Frakowski.
Frye has a quality coaching staff working with him this spring. It consists of his wife, Jena; Natalie Perzanowski, Melanie Eaton, Josh Johnson, Steve Hicks, Darren Dombroski, Christa Truchan and Greg Kazmirski.
The complete Red Devils' schedule is as follows:
March 29 - River, 10 a.m.; April 1 - Cambridge; April 5 - at Bellaire Early Bird, 10 a.m.; April 8 - at Meadowbrook; April 11 - Dave Porterfield Memorial Invitational, 4 p.m.; April 15 - Wheeling Park; April 19 - at Shadyside Relays, 9:30 a.m.; April 25 - Conotton Valley, Dover, Union Local; April 29 - Buckeye 8 at Martins Ferry; May 6 and 8 - OVAC Qualifying; May 10 - OVAC Championship, 10 a.m.; May 17 - at Shamrock Relays.