Fort Wayne opened and closed the 2012 state boys track meet in championship style with titles in the first event, the 3,200 relay by Carroll, and the last event, the 1,600 relay, by North Side.
Both relay teams showed what teamwork can accomplish.
While most of the Chargers’ unit returns this year, the Redskins were a senior-led foursome and will get back only one member of their state championship unit.
There is a chance for more relay success at state this year, along with a few top individuals contending as well.
Here’s a look at some of the top athletes, teams and other notes of interest for the upcoming season:
Alex Hess, Jonathan Harper and Eric Claxton, Carroll: The seniors are the returning three-fourths from the state champion 3,200 relay team.
Tyvon Kelley, North Side: The junior represents the lone returning member of state champion 1,600 relay team.
Carrington Robinson, Wayne: The senior won the long jump at the Hoosier State Relays indoor meet.
Asher Scott, Snider: The senior was part of state fifth-place 3,200 relay team.
Adrian Mable, South Side: During the indoor season, the senior won the 55 hurdles in the Hoosier State Relays.
Warsaw: The fourth-ranked Tigers have seniors Jacob Poyner, Taylor Cone and Wyatt Jones and juniors Stephen Kolbe and Ellis Coon.
Carroll: The No. 6 Chargers will benefit from having Hess, Harper and Claxton, along with seniors Tony Armstrong, Kyle Gater and Ross Manaro.
Wayne: The ninth-ranked Generals have Robinson, senior Devon Stone and senior Shamarcus Ford.
Bishop Dwenger: The Saints look to make some noise in the SAC and postseason with seniors Luke Miller and Gerald McGee, junior Jared Schipper and sophomore Greg Tippmann.
Leo: With the likes of senior Cayden Merkler, junior Patrick Richardville and sophomore Chris Horn, the Lions look to be a contender in the ACAC.
Conflicting conferences: The SAC meet at Northrop and the NHC meet at New Haven will both be on the same night – May 3.
Memories of late assistant: South Side assistant coach Terry Williams recently died and will be inducted posthumously into the Nebraska Hall of Fame in September.
Cadets’ 1-2 punch down 1: Concordia will have only one of its two distance aces in senior Jacob Reinking. Junior Zach Panning, the 2012 SAC cross country champion, suffered an offseason injury and probably will be lost for the season.
Bulldogs’ guidance: New Haven will have the services of two school-record holders as assistant coaches in Jeremy Gillingham (shot put) and Jim Fitzgerald (400).
Warsaw’s distance dominance: At the Hoosier State Relays indoor meet, Warsaw went 1-2-3 in the 3,200 with Coon, Poyner and senior Robert Murphy.