Mother Nature washed away the White River High track team’s first meet of the season, so the Hornets will get rolling tomorrow, Wednesday, instead.
White River and the Washington Patriots will travel to Steilacoom for a double-dual meet with the Sentinels.
The Hornet boys are coming off a sixth-place finish at last year’s state Class 2A meet. This year, like last, the team is anchored by distance ace Marcus Dickson. He was a two-time state champion a season ago – winning both the 800- and 1,600-meter races – and, following a successful fall cross country campaign, will be looking for repeat honors.
Dickson also ran the anchor leg in the 4×400 relay at last year’s state meet, helping White River to a second-place finish. Also back from that foursome are Devin Liebel and Josh Miller. Individually, Liebel is back after placing sixth in the 300-meter hurdles.
Also expected to provide excitement are distance runner Kody Gould, who barely missed a state trip last year, and Chris Fisher, who is equally adept in both the springs and distance events.
On the girls side, Lauryn Wate is back after placing seventh in the 800 meters and ninth in the 1,600 meters at the state meet. Kelly Coyle, also a senior, is back after placing eighth in the pole vault during the 2011 state meet.
Coach Jerry Scheidt also is expecting big things from Cassidy France, who went to state her first two years before being sidelined with a knee injury in 2011. Sophomore Jade Crawford is back after earning a state trip last year in the 100 meters. Others catching Scheidt’s eye are Cassidy Kunst in the relays and jumps, Gabi Sandsness in the shot put and newcomer Micaela Kilcup, who is giving Scheidt another strong entry in the shot put.