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Team capsules

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: March 8, 2018

Division I

Kadena Panthers

2017 Far East meet finish — Combined, fourth; boys, fifth; girls, second.
Coach — Doyle Robertson, first season (previously served as an assistant).
Key performers — Guy Renquist, Jr., distance (crosses over from soccer); Maica Hernandez, Sr., middle distance; Hayden Bills, Jr., distance; Lydia Bills, Jr., distance; Madelyn Tsirilis, So., middle distance, relays; Javonte Morris, Jr., sprints; Eric McCarter, Jr., sprints, relays (transferred from California); Lexa Garcia, Jr., sprints; Lauren Erp, Sr., throws (returns after a season of softball); Michael Rutledge, Sr., middle distance (transferred from New England).
Outlook — Reloading-contending. Might not be able to match Kinnick, but plenty of depth at many spots. Distance runners, especially, will challenge. Girls could match or exceed last year’s performance. Hurdles and jumps are relatively young.

Kubasaki Dragons

2017 Far East meet finish — Combined, fifth; boys, sixth; girls, third.
Coach — Kenneth Gipson, third season.
Key performers — Ja’Tavia Callier, Sr., hurdles, jumps; Sophia Brown, Sr., middle distance; Elizabeth Joy, So., distance; Samantha Fermin, Sr., 400 relay, sprints; Juan Guerrero, Sr., jumps, hurdles; Nala Gardner, Jr., sprints; Jaidah Davis, Jr., hurdles; Keonte Caines, So., sprints (transferred from Kadena); Makaela Hennigan, So., hurdles, throws (transferred from Virginia).
Outlook — Reloading. Numbers are good, experience level has improved thanks to transfers and key returners. Keep an eye on Joy, the reigning Okinawa cross country champion; and Hennigan, a state finalist in Virginia.

Nile C. Kinnick Red Devils

2017 Far East meet finish — Combined for third straight year, boys and girls first.
Coach — Luke Voth, sixth season; Tony San Nicolas, fourth season.
Key performers — Isaiah Brown, Sr., sprints; Devoney Stanley, Sr., sprints, middle distance; Gatlin Wiedler, Sr., sprints, hurdles; Ryan Posthumus, Sr., hurdler; Jeremiah Kirk, So., jumps, sprints; Davion Roberts, Jr., jumps, sprints; Josh Minimo, Jr., distance; Mason Smith, Sr., middle distance; Exotica Hall, Sr., sprints, jumps (two-time defending Far East high jump champion); Debrianna Ellis, So., sprints, middle distance; Sontti Sesay, Jr., hurdles, sprints; Kumari Ross, So., sprints; Nia Wilson, So., sprints, jumps; Teanna Bellamy, Jr., sprints, middle distance; Taryn Cates-Beier, Sr., distance (reigning Far East cross country champion); Rissa Eilmes, So., distance; Erin Stonebarger, Sr., distance; Teddy Bates, Sr., throws.
Outlook — Boys contending, girls reloading-contending. Many football players trying out for the first time. Distance specialist Carlos Mobely transfers from Rota, Spain. Many stars departed, but plenty of talent top to bottom.

Seoul American Falcons

2017 Far East meet finish — Combined, third; boys, third; girls, fourth.
Coach — Joseph O’Connor, first season (previously served as a distance assistant).
Key performers — Tucker Chase, Sr., distance, middle distance (reigning Far East cross country champion); Daniel McIntosh, Jr., distance (transferred from Tampa, Fla.); Ernest Kai, Fr., sprints (transferred from Stafford, Va.); Alyse Neal, Sr., relay, sprints, jumps; Chloe Byrd, Sr., relay, distance; Ebony Dykes, Jr., sprints, throws.
Outlook — Rebuilding. Numbers thin on both boys and girls teams, roster hurt by graduations and transfers from Humphreys. A mix of a handful of experienced athletes and some who are new to the sport.

Division II

Daegu Warriors

2017 Far East meet finish — Combined, ninth; boys, eighth; girls, ninth.
Coach — Brett Leonard, third season.
Key performers — Thomas Curran, Sr., sprints, middle distance; Amarianna Casey, Sr., hurdles; Rasheeda Fuller, Sr., sprints; Cedric Turner, Jr., sprints; DaiJa Turner, Fr., jumps, 400.
Outlook — Rebuilding. Numbers continue to be thin, but Leonard hopes his Warriors can gradually improve as the season wears on and qualify as many athletes as possible for Far East.

Robert D. Edgren Eagles

2017 Far East meet finish — Combined, sixth; boys, did not place; girls, fifth.
Coach — Tim Schwehr, first season.
Key performers — Trinity Fiers, Sr., throws, jumps. Relay; Momomi Atkinson, Jr., relays, sprints, hurdles; Matt Keating, Sr., hurdles, relays; Joseph Sili, throws; Sydney Durham, Fr., distance; Shemiah Lawson, So., sprints.
Outlook — Reloading. Still small in numbers, forced to practice indoors until late March or early April. Third coach in three seasons, doesn’t help with consistency or program building. Still, the Eagles hope to qualify 12 athletes for Far East – twice that of last year.

Humphreys Blackhawks

2017 Far East meet finish — Combined, second; boys, first; girls, fourth.
Coach — Ron Merriwether, third season.
Key performers — Ryan Duncan, Sr., relays, middle distance; Miles Brice, Jr., jumps, throws, relay; Shvoda Gregory, Sr., relay, hurdles, sprints; Jalen Hill, Jr., relays, 400; Jaylan Horne, Sr., relay, 200, 400; Carlos Criss, Sr., throws; Cleo Cody, Sr., relays, jumps, sprints; David Key, So., throws, sprints, relays; Quintin Metcalf, Jr., relays, jumps, hurdles, middle distance; Precious Harris, Jr., sprints, middle distance, relays (transferred from Seoul American); Ashleigh Cooper, Fr., middle distance, relays; Freedom Cody, Fr., sprints, relays; Danielle Hunter, Fr., sprints, relays; Taliyah Calloway, So., sprints, relays.
Outlook — Boys, contending; girls, reloading-contending. Six of the nine boys athletes who won the first banner in school history return, augmented by Metcalf from Seoul. Girls team features a handful of returners plus youngsters who aren’t new to the sport.

Matthew C. Perry Samurai

Coach — Anna Simmermon, first season.
Key performers — Skye Lebreton, So., jumps; Matthew Palmer, distance; Owen Young, So., distance; Tyler Gilbert, Sr., sprints; Robert Wall, Sr., throws, sprints; Isaiah Kim, Fr., sprints.
Outlook — Just starting up; team is in its first year of competition.

Osan Cougars

2017 Far East meet finish — Combined, eighth; boys, fifth; girls, 10th.
Coach — Brad Helsel, second season; Celeste White, third season.
Key performers — Cameron Jones, So., sprints; Jaxon Andersson, Jr., distance; Declan Denny, So., throws; Caden Andersson, Sr., middle distance.
Outlook — Rebuilding. Mostly new athletes, but a small core of returners with a good chance of scoring points at Far East.

Yokota Panthers

2017 Far East meet finish — Combined, fourth; boys, fourth; girls, third.
Coach — Dan Galvin, sixth season.
Key performers — Britney Bailey, Sr., hurdles, sprints (defending Far East hurdles champion); Allona Bariring, Sr., distance; Cymetrius Jefferson, So., sprints; Hana Robbins, So., middle distance; Alison Woodruff, So., sprints; Hasani Fredericks, Sr., middle distance; Mickey Galvin, So., distance; Brennan Seibert, So., distance, jumps; Macie Jones, Fr., throws; Jimmy Dewberry, Sr., sprints, jumps; Eli Phillips, Jr., middle distance; Brandon Frye, Jr., middle distance, jumps; Jarod Swain, Sr., middle distance, distance; Taylor Jenkins, Jr., throws, jumps.
Outlook — Possibly contending. More depth than last year across all events, added several good athletes, but with limited experience; much depends on how steep the learning curve is.

Zama Trojans

2017 Far East meet finish — Combined, first for fourth straight year; boys, third; girls, first.
Coach — Veronica Tipton-Jones, first year.
Key performers — Zion Brown, Sr., sprints; Faith Bryant, Sr., sprints, jumps, relays; Devonte Gabriel, Jr., hurdles; Rhece Jones, Sr., jumps; Kamanelelehua Clemens, Sr., throws.
Outlook — Rebuilding, but hoping to make it five straight combined and girls titles, particularly on the girls side. A core of returning athletes with tons of experience, with many newcomers. Plenty of athletes, 50 in all.

Note — E.J. King does not offer track and field.

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