It has been a smooth transition for coach Brad Seaburn and his Grove City Christian School track and field program.

It has been a smooth transition for coach Brad Seaburn and his Grove City Christian School track and field program.

Seaburn, who served as an assistant coach in the program in 2008 and 2010, has replaced Doug Boggs as head coach. Boggs is now an assistant track and field coach and head cross country coach at Central Crossing.

Seaburn, 27, is a 2001 graduate of London High School, where he competed in track and field. He will graduate from Nazarene Bible College this year.

"It was a simple transition," Seaburn said. "The kids still see me the same way as they did last year."

Senior Jaymie Barns said Seaburn is well respected and will be a strong leader.

"We're familiar with coach Seaburn," Barns said. "He's a really laid-back coach. He's like one of the kids. He gets along with us really well and we really enjoy him a lot."

The Eagles opened the season March 29 with a quad meet at Millersport and will compete again on Saturday, April 2, in the Red Raider Relays at London.

Last season, the boys team finished 13th (2 points) in the event's 13-team field behind champion Benjamin Logan (77). The girls team did not score.

Barns (200, 400 meters) should lead the boys team and senior Ashley Sterling (shot put, discus) should lead the girls team.

"Jaymie is really excited for the year," Seaburn said. "He's been really looking forward to track."

Barns said he will put an emphasis on the 400 in hopes of earning his first Division III state berth.

"My career has gone by pretty fast," Barns said. "I have set a lot of goals for myself. I am going to go to states this year, that's my goal. I've trained all winter for this."

Last season at the Division III district meet, Barns failed to reach the finals in the 100, 200 or 400. The boys team finished 23rd (4) behind champion Columbus Academy (98) and the girls team did not score.

In addition to Barns, the boys team expects contributions from juniors Zach Brewer (high jump, relays), Alex Caperton (distance), Nate Holt (relays, sprints), Nathan Little (distance), David Mitchell (middle distance) and David Pashovich (relays) and sophomore Seth Rouch (relays).

Others to look for include juniors Josh High (throws), Nathan Howard (sprints) and Tabor McLaughlin (throws), and sophomores Josh Ayres (distance) and Blair Thompson (throws).

Also back for the girls team are juniors Brittany Barton (sprints), Gabby Norris (distance) and Libby Shannon (distance) and sophomore Shannon Crenshaw (distance).

"I think it's going to be a good season," Barns said. "More members have joined the team this year. More students have come out."

The boys team placed first (125) at last season's first MOCAL championships ahead of Delaware Christian (34), Tree of Life (34), Milford Christian (33), Fairfield Christian (14), Madison Christian (14) and Northside Christian (5).

The girls team finished third (45) behind Tree of Life (73) and Delaware Christian (46) and ahead of Fairfield Christian (35), Madison Christian (34), Northside Christian (5) and Milford Christian (1).

Seaburn believes his squad is ahead of where it was at this time last season.

"I really do see an improvement from last year to this year, even this early," he said.