Gardner Edgerton High School Blazer track coach Brian McGee welcomed a record 80 boys to training camp March 2 in preparation for the season opener.
McGee and staff have been busy preparing the team for an April 4 opener at the Shawnee Mission South relays.
“This is the largest boys track and field squad in GEHS history,” said McGee. “It was the largest freshman class ever. We have already seen excellent senior leadership in the preseason practices.”
McGee will look to seniors Traezon Henderson, Kyle Stubler and Conner McGuire to provide leadership.
Henderson posted an impressive 11.5-second 100-meter time last year and will be a top scorer.
As usual, GEHS will have top scoring in the pole vault as Stubler and McGuire both both cleared 14-feet, 6-inches a year ago and have their sights set on another state appearance. McGuire will also defend his 6A Regional title.
Another top returner is junior Andrew Sprague who took seventh place at state last year with a personal best discus toss of 150-feet, 1-inch. He has his sights set on breaking Daniel Elrod’s school record of 160-feet, 9-inches.
McGee noted a couple of assisting coaching changes. Loren Groves, formerly a hurdles coach, will now coach the discus event this season.
Also added to the staff is Scott Peavey who will assist with sprints and hurdles.
First test for the Blazer boys comes April 4 at the Shawnee Mission South Relays.
Teams in the field are Shawnee Mission East, Shawnee Mission West, Shawnee Mission Northwest, Shawnee Mission North, Shawnee Mission South, St. Thomas Aquinas, Rockhurst (boys), Notre Dame de Sion (girls), Blue Valley, Olathe Northwest, Kansas City-Washington, and GEHS.