Track hopes to trend upward
Park's athletes will be looking to move up in the track and field world this spring.
Last spring wasn't the greatest for the Wolfpack. The Park boys finished with just 18 points and were last in the team race in the Suburban East Conference meet May 25 in East Ridge. The Park girls team finished ninth in the SEC meet, scoring only eight points.
Numbers are not great for either team, although the boys team has a few more competitors out this season.
"Not much to speak of yet," said Park girls head coach Matt Maher. "Really low numbers and looking at anything and anyone to participate and contribute to the team.
"We will really try to focus on the athletes we have out and go from there," Maher said.
The best events for the boys team will likely be the sprint relays, jumps and 200- and 400-meters.
Junior Justus White finished fourth in the high jump in the SEC meet last spring, clearing 5 feet, 8 inches.
Another athlete who should do well for the Park boys is senior football standout Edmund Nkwain. Nkwain was sixth in the SEC long jump last season with a best of 20-00.75.
Nkwain should also do well in the sprints, as should returners Joe Timp and Payton Shafer.
In the distances, Park will be led by Jacob Diaz and Justus Robinson. Isaac Mamboleo should score points in the throws and Benny Pierre could do well in the pole vault.
"We have a few more guys than last year—many freshmen and other rookies—so we could be better," said Park head boys coach Mike Moran.