TICONDEROGA-Ticonderoga track and field athletes have to work harder than their competitors. That's just the way it is.
With one of the smallest enrollments of Section VII track teams, the Sentinels have to place their athletes in multiple events. It's asking a lot, but Ti thinclads have come through year-after-year for Coach Walt Thorne.
"We can't put out the numbers (of athletes) in some events that the bigger schools can," Thorne said, "which means our kids will have to work harder to get the same results in scoring."
It's been a winning formula for Ti High. Last season the Sentinels posted a 6-1 Champlain Valley Athletic Conference record.
"I expect our team to be right in the mix of the Section VIIrace this season," Thorne said. "Team balance will be our biggest strength and with 10 new athletes out for outdoor track we should be in pretty good shape this season."
Ti returns 19 athletes from last season.
Jonathyn Granger, Jay Hebert, Ken Johnston, Michael Barber, Luke Bartlett, Jacob Demarais, Coleman Granger, Patrick Lonergan, Arto Nadeau, Jesse Perkins and Dennis Townes return to the sprinting and jumping events. Keegan Tierney is new to the sprint crew.
Ticonderoga has a strong distance team with veterans Jay Berube, Joshua Cook and Javeed Nazir. New to the distance squad are Tyler Belden, Brandon Charboneau, Martin Glazer, Seth Hudson, Andrew terSteege and Brandon Wright.
Josh Ross, Wesley Porter, Corey King, Steven Bussey and Ryan Borho are back in the throwing events. They're joined by rookies Taylor Coffin, Cody O'Hara and Patrick Taylor.