Severna Park indoor track and field coach Josh Alcombright isn’t sure what his Falcons are capable of doing this season, either as a team, or in some cases, on an individual basis.
The Falcons graduated nine seniors from a squad that won the first Class 4A state championship in school history last March.
The heavy losses have left Alcombright with an abundance of questions.
He hopes to get some answers when Severna Park travels to Staten Island, New York, for the Freedom Games (January 7) and to Virginia Beach for the Virginia Showcase (January 13-14).
“I want to see where we are at,” Alcombright said. “Our first big meets are coming up, so we are going to have to fill in some holes and see how everything is going to shake out and see where we can put people. We focus on what each individual can do and then it will just kind of come together as a team.”
Some of the voids could be filled from Severna Park’s roster, which contains a bevy of athletes from last fall’s boys and girls cross country state championship team.
Seniors Liam Hagerty and Christopher Nunn helped Severna Park to its fifth straight 4A cross country title in November, and the school is pretty good in track, too.
Hagerty finished third in the county and fifth in the state outdoors last year in the 3,200 meters and Nunn ranks third in the state with the third-best time in the 3,200 meters this winter.
“Liam was one of the top guys on a really talented team last year, so now it’s his time to stand in the spotlight along with Nunn,” Alcombright said. “Nunn can sustain an uncomfortable pace for an extended period of time. He is just a grinder.”
The girls team also has some great leaders, too, including seniors Lexi Ensor, Cameron Glebocki and Jillian Zukley and junior Sallie Honeywell.
Glebocki took second in the region and sixth in the state in the 1,600 outdoors last year. Honeywell took third in the 300 hurdles outdoors, and in the same meet, Ensor was third in the county and region in the 3,200 outdoors while Zukley has the third best shotput distance in the state this season.
Glebocki has as much a chance for success as any member of the girls team.
“We expect her to be contending for county, state and region titles in whatever events she runs,” Alcombright said. “She was county champ in cross country.”
Plenty of other promising track athletes crowd the boys and girls roster, including Alexander Abboud (55-meter dash), Allison Quinn (300, 800), Katie Griffith (300, 500), Kate Griner (300, 500), Rebecca Jimeno (800, 3,200), Sarah Kelly (sprint relays), Sawyer Knapp (sprint relays), Alex Lecouras (800, 1,600), Rylan McDonald (300, 500) and Ty Miller (high jump).
“We should be in the conversation for a county title on the girls side,” Alcombright said. “And the boys are just kind of rebuilding.”
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