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Tyrone Track and Field Season Preview

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Terry McCaulley
Andrew Weaver

BOYS PREVIEW

The Tyrone boys track and field team finished 7-3 last year and with a large and talented squad, they hope for an even better showing this season.

“The strength of our team this year is depth. We have been building our depth for the last couple of years. We will be very strong in the sprints, jumps, distance events, and relays. This has the potential to be a very successful season for the boys,” Tyrone Head Coach Brad Kanuch said.

The team has the most depth since I’ve been at Tyrone. The goal is always to win a championship. We believe we have a team that can compete for the Mountain League and a team that can compete at invitationals and districts

— Head Coach Brad Kanuch

Adding to a solid group of 17 returning letter winners, there are 25 newcomers on the squad this year from every class.

“We are feeling good this year. I think we are going to send a good group to [the invitational meets]. We have great potential for some of the young underclassmen and a solid group of returners,” said senior Rocky Romani.

The boys’ top 4×100 team this year will comprise a combination of seniors Dravyn Crowell, Brady Ronan, Andrew Weaver, and juniors Seth Hoover and Austin Lucas.

Among the newcomers, freshman Drew Irons ran a 54 in his first varsity 400-meter dash. Former varsity baseball player Steven Buck is a first-year track and field athlete and won the javelin while running a 55 in the 400 in his first meet ever.

Senior Andrew Weaver looks to improve his standing and make the state meet in the jumps. He is a two-time district placer in the long jump, triple jump, and the 4×100 relay.

Coming back from injury, senior Brady Ronan is looking for a district title in the long jump and as a member of the 4×100 relay. Ronan also looks to break records in the 100m and 200m. In his first meet, he ran an exceptional 11.1 in the 100m and a 23.2 in the 200m.

New jumpers hoping to make an impact this year include juniors Eli Woomer, Logan Rumberger, senior, Elijah Knarr, and freshman Mason Emigh.

“The team has the most depth since I’ve been at Tyrone. The goal is always to win a championship. We believe we have a team that can compete for the Mountain League and a team that can compete at invitationals and districts,” Kanuch said.

In the throwing events, junior Cian Hockenberry hopes to pick up from where he was at the end of last season and place at districts in the shot put and discus. Newcomer Alex Starr, competing in all three throwing events, will also rack up team points for the boys and begin his high school varsity career along with John Stanton and Corey Gilman.

GIRLS PREVIEW

On the girl’s side, the Lady Eagles will look to improve on their 3-7 record from last year.

“We have a very solid group of sprinters, jumpers, and middle-distance runners returning. Our throwers will also continue to take steps forward. We have a very strong core of freshmen coming up this year as well,” Kanuch said.

Tyrone’s girls 4×100 relay was a top finisher at districts last year. Sophomore Nicole Ramsey, senior Rebecca Lewis, freshman Sarah Chichester, and senior Bree Paul look to finish in a similar place.

I’m excited to see how the 4 by 100 relay does this year. For the past three years, the girls have won Districts. During my first two years on varsity, the girls’ team won districts as a whole. I’m hoping to see the same results. Our girls team always lacks depth, but that hasn’t stopped us in the past

— Senior Becca Lewis

“I’m excited to see how the 4 by 100 relay does this year. For the past three years, the girls have won Districts. During my first two years on varsity, the girls’ team won districts as a whole. I’m hoping to see the same results. Our girls team always lacks depth, but that hasn’t stopped us in the past,” senior Becca Lewis said.

In the girls’ throwing events, junior Kylee Nelson and sophomore Raeleigh Oliver are Tyrone’s top and most experienced throwers.

Nelson hopes to throw at least a 120 or beat her personal record in javelin, and throw at least an 80 in discus. Oliver hopes to PR in every event that she can and to go into the sport with a positive mindset.

The returning state qualifiers from the 2022-2023 season are sophomore Nicole Ramsey, senior Rebecca Lewis, and junior Alayna Greene. Ramsey attended states for the 4 x 100-meter relay, Lewis for the 4 x 100-meter relay, the long jump, the 100-meter dash, and the 200-meter dash, and Greene for the 4 x 100-meter relay.

Despite a core group of talented athletes, Kanuch said that his biggest concern for the girl’s team is their lack of depth.

“Like last year we have a very small group of girls who have come out. This makes it difficult to fill an entire meet. Our girls know they will be doing events they may not be used to, but they embrace that challenge,” Kanuch said.

Kanuch will be assisted by Steve Everhart, Charles Hawkins, Ardean Latchford, Mara Focht, Mike Wills, Chesney Saltsgiver, and Lindsey Kanush.

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Andrew Weaver
Andrew Weaver, Staff Writer
Andrew Weaver is a senior at Tyrone Area High School. This is his second year in Eagle Eye. Andrew loves to ride dirt bikes with friends in his free time. He is a tri-sport athlete and competes in wrestling, football, and track. Andrew's passion for Eagle Eye is podcasting. He listens to many famous podcasts and would one day like to start his own. His plans after high school are to go to college and or trade school. A fun fact about him is he admires Mark Wahlberg a lot. One dream of his is to sit down and have a burger with Mark at his restaurant, Wahlburger.
Nicole Ramsey
Nicole Ramsey, Staff Writer
This is Nicole, who is currently a sophomore at Tyrone Area High School. This is her first year on the Tyrone Eagle Eye Staff. She is someone who always takes her schoolwork very seriously. Nicole is involved in both the Tennis and Track and Field teams. Along with sports, she really likes listening to music (especially Taylor Swift) and spending time with family. She loves to write about sports and different things that are happening throughout the school year. Nicole's all-time favorite season is summer. During the summer, she loves to be at the pool and go to the beach. In Nicole's free time, you will usually find her hanging out with friends.
Becca Lewis
Becca Lewis, Social Media Co-Director
Becca is currently a senior at Tyrone. This is her first year in Eagle Eye.  She serves as the Social Media Director of YAN and is also involved in the National Honor Society, Student Council, Prom Committee, Ski Club, Tyrone's Track and Field team, and captains Tyrone's Varsity Soccer team. Becca loves listening to music and being outside. You can usually find her thrifting, working, playing sports, or having fun with friends. She is interested in fashion and hopes to write about that and other things she's passionate about. Her favorite genre of music is oldies and her favorite movie is The Notebook. She's excited for her senior year but wishes time would slow down. She wants to have a business career and plans to attend Penn State Smeal for marketing.

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