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Athleticism key to Panther track hopes

Members of the 2013 Bartlett boys track program include Noah Atkins, Aaron Bell, Alijah Bell, Demarious Cason, Keith Crawford, Kelvin Crawford, Cornelius Cunningham, Alex Dillenbeck, Kylan Foulkes, Johnathon Frazier, Shawn Freeman, Tre Gannison, Tyreke Goss, Josh Hall, Travis Hampton, Devin Herron, Josh Hodge, Desmond Howard, Devin Jackson, Tony Jackson, Johnathon Jefferies, Dallas Johnson, Kobe Johnson, Jaylon Jones, Wade Langford, Dareon Madison, Kaleb Mahoney, Michael Manning, Jurian Martin, Ryan Miller, Taylor Nyugen, Nate Oliver, Tyrone Paylor II, Braylon Porter, Caleb Ratcliffe, Darrian Sanford, Ashton Shields, Terrance Slayton, Bryce Smith, Braun Stephens, Malik Talley, Jeff Teal, Chris Tipton, Christian Torres, Jose Vela-Santana, Anthony Webb, Jared White, Hunter Williams, Robert Wingo, Nigel Yancey, Jason Zeng and Jack Zheng.

Members of the 2013 Bartlett boys track program include Noah Atkins, Aaron Bell, Alijah Bell, Demarious Cason, Keith Crawford, Kelvin Crawford, Cornelius Cunningham, Alex Dillenbeck, Kylan Foulkes, Johnathon Frazier, Shawn Freeman, Tre Gannison, Tyreke Goss, Josh Hall, Travis Hampton, Devin Herron, Josh Hodge, Desmond Howard, Devin Jackson, Tony Jackson, Johnathon Jefferies, Dallas Johnson, Kobe Johnson, Jaylon Jones, Wade Langford, Dareon Madison, Kaleb Mahoney, Michael Manning, Jurian Martin, Ryan Miller, Taylor Nyugen, Nate Oliver, Tyrone Paylor II, Braylon Porter, Caleb Ratcliffe, Darrian Sanford, Ashton Shields, Terrance Slayton, Bryce Smith, Braun Stephens, Malik Talley, Jeff Teal, Chris Tipton, Christian Torres, Jose Vela-Santana, Anthony Webb, Jared White, Hunter Williams, Robert Wingo, Nigel Yancey, Jason Zeng and Jack Zheng.

First year track coach Kris Harmon describes his Bartlett boys thinclads as short on experience but long on talent.

Harmon, who coaches at perennial power Houston the last three seasons, has grown the Panther contingent from eight athletes a year ago to 52 donning cleats this spring.

Assisted by longtime track mentor Jim Frost returning Bartlett assistant Keith Gibbs, Harmon says his boys may be novices when it comes to track but should be okay by May.

“We are young and clueless (about track) but athletic,” Harmon said. “The majority of the team has bought into what we are trying to accomplish and there is a real sense of excitement around the track.”

Only two sprinters, Tony Jackson and Kelvin Crawford, and one thrower, Nigel Yancey, return from a season ago. Yet they are surrounded by enough numbers to allow the Panthers to fill out a full event roster this spring.

Middle distances are expected to be the Panthers strength with strong relay tandems in the 4×400, 4×800 and 4×200.

“We’ll take our lumps early but I think we’re going to be good in the springs, hurdles and jumps,” Harmon said. “We have athletes, we just have to teach them track.”

Football standouts Robert Wingo, Josh Hall and Demarious Cason are joined by basketball athlete Desmond Howard, reflecting the athletic status Harmon says dominates his squad.

Houston, White Station, Central and Southland are expected to hold down their tradition spots at the top of the region standings.

 

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