DANSVILLE — It's the same old story about it "being tough in Livingston County Division I."
That's simply a truth ... a truth that Dansville boys track coach Matt Quibell and his Mustangs are about to tackle head-on as the 2018 spring season rapidly approaches. There's some veteran experience on the roster, as well as some fresh, energetic new blood that seeks to allow the horses to track down many of those DI competitors.
Dansville is looking for a strong, competitive campaign this spring for their 4th year head coach.
The key performers include...
Key Returners - Jacob Wadsworth (12th grade), Nicholas Rosica (12th grade), Zachary Foster (10th grade), Alex Rodriguez (10th grade), Austin Weaver (11th grade).
Top Newcomers - Karam Ali (11th grade), Joshua Blackmon (11th grade), Jonah Gray (9th grade), Owen James (10th grade), Aiden O'Connor (9th grade), Michael Thomas (9th grade), Logan Young (9th grade).
Coach Quibell noted, ""We have a solid group of veteran athletes returning as well as an excellent group of newcomers. I see this team being very competitive in our league."
Dansville opens their season on Tuesday, April 10 in Bath where they square off against D-1 foes Wayland-Cohocton and Bath-Haverling at 4:30 p.m.
Dansville girls aim for improvement
DANSVILLE — Following last year's 1-5 campaign, Dansville girls track coach Eileen McMaster knows that the record is very deceptive and does not determine the desire of the athlete within.
Her comments on this 2018 season, "With one third of the team being new to the sport, we look forward to seeing this team develop this season."
Eileen has seen a lot of teams develop now in her 27th season as she is assisted by Amanda Johnson who's in her 4th season.
For the Lady Mustang tracksters, some key returning contributors include juniors Rachel Drake, who was in the sectionals for sprinting, and Breigh Graves, who was a sectional hurdler. Senior Katie Warner is coming off of a solid throwing season for indoors. Another 12th grader, Alyssa Bowser, will be in the jumps and throws, while sophomore Jessica Qiu runs both mid and long distance.
Some of the new faces include junior Kendra Evans and sophomore Kyra Veaunt, along with returning junior Alex Kendall (sprints and hurdles) who's coming off an injury.
When asked about track philosophy for the 2018 season coach McMaster said she liked this Ryan Shay (1979-2007) line — "It is necessary to dig deep within oneself to discover that hidden grain of steel, called will."
Good luck to a Dansville contingent that will compete and improve throughout the course of this spring campaign!