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"Our team strengths will be as individuals and the 4x800, shot and the 4x100," commented Malvern head coach Seth Goshorn when asked about his boys track team. "We are also looking to do well in the mid distance and distance events."
The Hornets return six lettermen -- juniors Braden Butcher, Alex Butler, Jason Coblentz, Casey Crowl, Ike Moser and Brandon Patterson.
Patterson will compete in the 3200, 1600, 4x800 and 800. A year ago he finished third at the IVC meet in the 3200 and fourth in the 3200 at districts.
Moser, Patterson, Crowl and Coblentz were members of last year's 4x800 which finished eighth at the district meet.
Moser will compete in the 3200, 1600, 4x800 and 800; Crowl will concentrate on the 4x800, 800, 4x400 and high jump; Coblentz will compete in the 4x800, 800, 1600 and 4x400; Butcher will compete in the 300 hurdles, 400 and 4x400; and Butler will compete in the discus and shot.
Also being looked upon to contribute are senior Colton Brothers (shot, discus) and freshmen Andrew Norton (100, 200, 4x100, 4x200), DeVair Williams (100, 200, 4x100, 4x200) and Jakob Cox (100, 200, 4x100, 4x200).
"We lack depth in certain areas," noted Coach Goshorn. "We will try to score as many points as we can in our stronger events to make up for this.
"We have a team that is loaded with juniors and freshmen. Our future is bright and we are looking to compete and become better with every meet.
"It will be tough to compete as a team in the league, however, we look to place well with some of our individuals and really teams come league time."
The Hornets opened up the season by competing at the Claymont Jeff Arthurs Invitational.
Alex Butler finished fourth in the shot with a throw of 39'8.4.
"I was very happy with how our kids competed," commented Coach Goshorn. "They showed a lot of heart and grit. We are very close to getting more points scored with several seventh places. Our goal as a team is to try and get those points that we left on the track at the next meet."
Malvern will compete in the Fairless Invitational this Saturday, April 1; and at a triangular at Strasburg, with Garaway, on Tuesday, April 4.