Kadena Panthers2016 Far East meet finish — Combined, third; boys, fourth; girls, fourth.Coach — Maureen Taylor, second season.Key performers — Wren Renquist, Sr., distance; Siulagisipai Fuimaono, Sr., throws; Donte Savoy, Sr., high jump; Maica Hernandez, Jr., 400; James White, Jr., throws; Aziel Rubero, Sr., distance; Hayden Bills, So., distance; Lydia Bills, So., distance; Javante Morris, So., sprints; Nikeria Albritton, So., throws; Courtney Davis, So., middle distance.Outlook — Reloading-contending. Started strong on boys side in season-opening meet, should have a tight go with Kubasaki on girls side; could challenge for overall supremacy come Far East. Keep an eye on Albritton; the youngster could surprise in the shot put.
Kubasaki Dragons2016 Far East meet finish — Combined, fifth; boys, fifth; girls, second.Coach — Kenneth Gipson, second season.Key performers — Gabrielle Provost, Sr., long jump (Far East champion), relays, 400; Sophia Brown, Jr., middle distance, 300 hurdles, 1,600 relay (transferred from Swansboro, N.C., all-county and 3A all-conference) Elizabeth Joy, Fr., middle distance; Samantha Fermin, So., 400 relay, springs.Outlook — Boys rebuilding, girls rebuilding-reloading. Replacing distance specialist Johnathan Johnson and sprinters Kaelyn and Mahlik Francis won’t be easy. Boys are pretty much starting over. Joy could make a name for herself.
Nile C. Kinnick Red Devils2016 Far East meet finish — Combined, boys and girls first.Coach — Luke Voth, fifth season; Tony San Nicolas, third season.Key performers — Chauncey Jamerson, Sr., sprints (part of 2016 Pacific 400 relay record team); DeShawn Williams, Sr., sprints, middle distance; Alec Austin, Sr., throws; Jerry Lotz, Sr., distance; Ken Pitts, Sr., hurdles, sprints; Dwayne Lyon, Sr., throws, sprints, jumps; Exotica Hall, Jr., sprints, jumps (Far East high jump champion); Elise Lindsey, Jr., hurdles, sprints; Sontti Sesey, So., hurdles, sprints; Nyah Kidd, So., hurdles, sprints; Erin Stonebarger, Jr., distance (Far East 800 champion); Angel Hill, Jr., throws; Rissa Eilmes, Fr., distance; Venus Hill, Fr., sprints; Debrianna Ellis, Fr., sprints, 400.Outlook — Rebuilding, given how much talent has departed, including Pacific record-holding sprinters Jabari Johnson (Appalachian State) and Aya Stewart. But enough talent remains, particularly Lotz, Stonebarger and Hall, to allow the Red Devils for a repeat title sweep.
Seoul American Falcons2016 Far East meet finish — Combined, fourth; boys, second; girls, fifth.Coach — Shawen Smith, second season.Key performers — Christian Williams, Sr., relay (part of Far East champion 400 relay team), long jump, sprints; Levi Johnson, Sr., sprints, relay; DeAndre Metcalf, Sr., relays, middle distance; Jack Newton, Sr., distance; Brock Avise, Sr., distance; Paul Slife, Sr., distance; Quintin Metcalf, So., middle distance, jumps; Brandon Rothe, Sr., throws; Alyse Neal, Jr., relay, sprints; Chloe Byrd, Jr., relay, distance; Brinkley Garner, Sr., sprints.Outlook — Boys, contending; girls, rebuilding. Depth and variety on the boys side, while the girls numbers, though competitive, are thin.Division II
Daegu Warriors2016 Far East meet finish — Combined, sixth; boys, fifth; girls, eighth.Coach — Brett Leonard, second season.Key performers — Jarvis Stokes, Sr., jumps, sprints; Thomas Curran, Jr., 400; Amariana Casey, Jr., hurdles; Rasheeda Fuller, Jr., sprints.Outlook — Rebuilding. Numbers are thin overall, but Leonard feels that what few athletes he has can steal valuable points from other entrants.
Robert D. Edgren Eagles2016 Far East meet finish – Combined, seventh; boys, ninth; girls, sixth. Coach — Craig Durfee, first season.Key performers — Brianna Hunter, Sr., throws (Pacific record-holder in shot put); Aaliyah Scott, Jr., hurdles, jumps; Monique Atkinson, Sr., sprints, hurdles; Trinity Fiers, Jr., throws, jumps.Outlook — Reloading. Though small in numbers, the Eagles possess enough talent to grab a few medals that otherwise might fall favored teams’ way. Hunter should break her own shot record several times, and possibly threaten the girls’ 10-year-old discus mark.
Humphreys Blackhawks2016 Far East meet finish — Combined, third; boys, fourth; girls, second.Coach — Ron Merriwether, second season.Key performers — Tim Ward, Sr., hurdles, sprints, middle distance; Ryan Duncan, Jr., jumps, middle, distance; Jaedyn Jones, Sr., hurdles; Miles Brice, So., jumps, throws, relay; Shvoda Gregory, Jr., relay, hurdles, middle distance; Jalen Hill, So., relays, 400; Jaylen Horne, Jr., relay, 400; Lexi Serrato, Fr., 200, 400.Outlook — Reloading, with a chance to contend. More distance runners on roster, which is where the Blackhawks fell short last season. Merriwether sees Humphreys scoring more points with a better-balanced attack this season.
Osan Cougars2016 Far East meet finish — Combined, 10th; boys, eighth; girls, did not place.Coach — Brad Helsel, first season; Celeste White, second season.Key performers — None provided.Outlook — Rebuilding.
Yokota Panthers2016 Far East meet finish — Combined, second; boys, first; girls, third.Coach — Dan Galvin, fifth season.Key performers — Christian Sonnenberg, Sr., throws (Pacific record holder in discus); Britney Bailey, Jr., hurdles, springs (Guam 300-meter hurdles champion); Quadyr Tindal, So., sprints; Catherine Voley, So., sprints.Outlook — Rebuilding. Some talent, but very young. If talented freshmen develop, a D-II title may be possible.
Zama Trojans2016 Far East meet finish — Combined, first; boys, second; girls, first.Coach — DeAngelo Galang, third season.Key performers — Ti’Ara Carroll, Sr., sprints; Faith Bryant, Jr., sprints; Kate Redelosa, Sr., sprints; Tasia Nelson, Sr., jumps, sprints; Hunter Lund, Sr., distance (transferred from Park Hill [Mo.]); Joshua Atkinson, Sr., throws; Kevin Grabski, Sr., throws; Devonte Gabriel, hurdles (transferred from El Paso, Texas).Outlook — Contending for a fourth straight combined and girls title, boys rebuilding after losing the Baker twins to graduation. But the boys get solid additions in distance and hurdles, with holdover throwers bolstering the ranks.