Osan’s triple jump corps features a pair of juniors, Edward Kim and Alexis Jeffress.

Osan’s triple jump corps features a pair of juniors, Edward Kim and Alexis Jeffress. (Jessica J. McCollum/Special to Stripes, Collum)

Division I

Humphreys Blackhawks

Head coaches — Mark Tyler and Isaiah Wright, first season

Key performers — Ethan Elliott,, Sr., throws (first in last year’s Far East virtual meet in discus and shot put); Anayah Reyes, Jr., relays, hurdles (first in 400 relay); Devonte Saroglou, Sr., sprints, relays; Andrew Wahlgren, Jr., middle and long distance; Hanna Chung, Sr., long distance, relays; Luke Robinson, Jr., triple jump, sprint medley, hurdles; Ayden Watts, Jr., sprints; Samantha Dales, Jr., middle and long distance (transferred from Leavenworth, Kansas); Joseph Schwartz, Sr., middle and long distance (transferred from Guam High).

Outlook — Rebuilding. A large number of athletes either graduated or transferred, but new pieces have come in to fill their spots. It’s a matter of time before the Blackhawks can tell if they can repeat their overall Far East school championship of 2019.

Kadena Panthers

Head coach — Reginald Winn, fifth season.

Key performers — Destiny Richardson, Sr., throws; Javonte Vickers, Sr., sprints; Dkylan Woods, So., sprints; Christian Espitia, Sr., distance; Karise Johnson, Sr., distance (former Far East cross country champion).

Outlook — Boys contending, girls rebuilding; they’re OK, middle and long distance-wise, but the Panthers girls are short-handed in sprints.

Nile C. Kinnick Red Devils

Head coaches — Luke Voth,, 10th season; Tony San Nicolas, eighth season.

Key performers — Mia Bartram, So., long distance (Far East Division I cross-country champion); Jeremiah Hines, Sr., sprints, relays, jumps; Meverick Kentz, Fr., long distance; Soul Vessels, Jr., long distance.

Outlook — Rebuilding. The Red Devils have a vast turnout this season; the question is, outside of Hines and Bartram, how many will meet Far East qualifying times, heights and distances.

Kubasaki Dragons

Head coach — Kenneth Gipson, seventh season.

Key performers — Gwen Pantaleon, So., sprints; Gavin McKnight, Sr., sprints; Godfrey Wray, Sr., sprints; Naiaja Sizemore, Fr., sprints; Joaquin Killian, Fr., middle distance; Makayla Saeteurn, Jr., long distance; Carlos Cadet, So., hurdles; Jacob Braud, Jr., throws; Brennen Hall, Jr., throws; Carson Coberly, So., long distance; Darian Glover, Jr., sprints; Zierre Paul, So., hurdles (Far East Division I champion); Lusia Tuigamala, So., hurdles (second in Far East).

Outlook — Reloading-contending. Dragons had 67 athletes turn out and Gipson is hopeful he can retain 60 of them. Gipson has high hopes for his young sprinters to develop rapidly and for his veterans.

Division II

Daegu Warriors

Head coach — Daniel Limmer, third season.

Key performers — Seth Peters, Jr., long distance; Dymon Elliot, Jr., jumps, sprints; Jacob Dickerson, Jr., sprints, relays; Connor Cook, Jr., throws.

Outlook — Rebuilding, though the Warriors are led by a strong group of veterans and a good foundation of assistant coaches.

Robert D. Edgren Eagles

Head coach — Timothy Schwehr, fifth season.

Key performer — Zalea Washington, Sr., sprints, jumps (Far East Division II long-jump champion).

Outlook — Rebuilding. Aside from Washington, the Eagles crew of 42 are relatively new to track, though they’re “good kids who all want to run,” Schwehr said.

E.J. King Cobras

Head coach — Yanica St. John, second season.

Key performers — A’Kirah Phillips, Jr., sprints, relays; Sophie Sylla, Jr., sprints, middle distance; Sara Duncanson, Sr., sprints, long jump.

Outlook — Rebuilding. About 80 percent of the team is newcomers, though a handful is showing promise.

Matthew C. Perry Samurai

Head coach — Michael Kelly, first season.

Key performers — Tyler Gaines, Jr., long distance; Jane Williams, Jr., long distance; Joben Silang, sprints (transferred from Zama); Jacob Bradley, sprints; Sean Flynn, sprints; Jalen Cobb, sprints; Jalen Maize, sprints; Makayla Colar, throws.

Outlook — Reloading. The Samurai should be particularly strong in the distance ranks, as Williams won the Far East Division II cross country crown and Gaines is a former Far East champion.

Osan Cougars

Head coach — Bridget Heffele, first season.

Key performers — Edward Kim, Jr., triple jump, throws; Alexis Jeffress, Jr., triple jump, hurdles; Sam Wood., Fr., distance (won Far East Division II cross country title).

Outlook — Rebuilding. Though Kim, Jeffress and Wood are accomplished athletes, many of the Cougars are new to the sport. The Cougars could do well against in-country competition, but it’s a question of how well they’ll do in the first in-person Far East meet since 2019.

Yokota Panthers

Head coach — Dan Galvin, 10th season.

Key performers — Tate Rannow, Sr., middle distance; Trinity Stegall, Jr., jumps, hurdles; Royce Canta, Jr., sprints; Marcus Woods, Sr., sprints; Noah Dyllin Cruz, Sr., throws; Kohana Thai, Jr., distance; Rebecca Brough, Fr., distance.

Outlook — Contending. The Panthers possess plenty of depth and the largest team in Galvin’s time at the helm, more than 60 athletes and multiple competitive athletes in each event. A cadre of assistant coaches versed in jumps and hurdles, which the Panthers lacked in past years, is helping this season.

Zama Trojans

Head coach — Shawen Smith, second season.

Key performers — Liliana Fennessey, distance; Gabriel Escalera, distance; Cheyenne Clark, sprints, long jump; Tavonna Hawkins, throws; Jayden Steill, Jr., hurdles; Paula Adams, Fr., jumps.

Outlook — Rebuilding. It’s a much smaller Trojans team than in years past, but the Trojans are hoping to build and grow with time.

Matthew C. Perry student-journalist Raven Rayos contributed to this report.

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Dave Ornauer has been employed by or assigned to Stars and Stripes Pacific almost continuously since March 5, 1981. He covers interservice and high school sports at DODEA-Pacific schools and manages the Pacific Storm Tracker.

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