The Community R-VI boys and girls track and field program has just six total athletes representing the school district during the 2017 season.
Community R-VI’s lone boys athlete is Eric Hombs, who is also playing baseball.
Hombs is expected to compete in the 100, 200, and 400-meters along with the discus event. Hombs placed sixth in last year’s districts.
“Eric has been a great leader and is only a sophomore,” said Community R-VI head coach Stacie Carroz. “Since I’ve had him in the 7th grade, he’s really taken the initiative to work really hard in whatever sports he’s in…My goal for him is just to continue to get better. In practice, he’s really pushed himself.”
The girls program features thrower Alissa Craig, who nearly qualified for the sectional meet last year after breaking a school record in the shot put to place fifth at districts. She missed qualifying by just .3’. Craig also competes in the discus.
“She broke the school record for me in the shot put and she’s continued to get stronger so I look for her to continue to set some PR’s as well as school records,” Carroz said.
Other key contributors for the Lady Trojans are Deann Brooks (triple jump, 200, relays), Paige Risenhoover (sprints, relays, triple jump), Hayley Kinder (sprints, long jump, relays), and Elissa Swaim (sprints, long jump). Deann Brooks broke the school record multiple times in the triple jump in both the 7th and 8th grades.
“I expect them to compete in every meet,” Carroz said.
The track and field program will travel to Westran for a meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 22.