Reggie Cannon is trying to figure out what his Central Crossing High School boys track and field team will look like this spring.
Senior Luis Bolanos-Cruz returns after an all-state performance in the shot put, but Cannon is dealing with low numbers and still is determining the events for some athletes.
"It's still a numbers game and it's even tougher during (spring) break," said Cannon, who is in his third season as coach. "It starts with Luis and again we will be led by our seniors."
Other seniors looking to lead the Comets are hurdler Sel Adehe, sprinter Manny Codjoe and distance runner Michael Fry.
"Luis, Manny Codjoe, Sel Adehe and Mike Fry will set the tone for the guys," Cannon said. "We'll see from the underclassmen who will join them."
Bolanos-Cruz placed sixth in the shot put (program-record 57 feet, 5 inches) in the Division I state meet last season. He also was 14th in the discus (154-5).
As a sophomore, he was 16th at state in the shot (50-10).
"I have been dealing with some minor injuries and trying to get better technically because I feel like I'm strong enough," said Bolanos-Cruz, who also holds the program record in the discus (161-8). "I have been focusing on technique and how I throw. I have been working to keep myself in the same rhythm."
Bolanos-Cruz started strongly by winning the discus (155-5) and shot put (54-5) in a season-opening quad March 29 at Pickerington North. The Comets finished second (59 points) behind the host Panthers (129).
"In your senior year, you are expected to lead the team and be an elite athlete," said Bolanos-Cruz, who has committed to Tiffin. "Since I have been competing at a high level for a while, everyone expects me to come out and do better than I have ever done every time. It's hard to keep up with that, so I just have to stay focused."
Junior Donovan Collins also had strong performance in the throws at North, placing third in the discus (129-6) and shot put (41-0). Fry won the 800 meters (2 minutes, 10.07 seconds) and freshman Joey Taylor placed third in the 800 (2:23.94).
Adehe was runner-up in the 110 hurdles (16.21) and 300 hurdles (42.78). Sophomore sprinter Kyren Glaze placed second in the 40 (5.1) and 100 (12.09).
Junior Anthony Lowe was second in the long jump (20-1/4) and third in the 200 (24.84).
Lowe plays football and basketball, Collins plays basketball and Glaze is a football player.
"We have kids coming out from other sports, which should help both them and the program," Cannon said. "I think they are buying into the fact that maybe if they run track, they will be faster for football, basketball or whatever sport in which they compete."
Mann ready to lead girls track team
The girls track team also is a puzzle that Cannon needs to solve.
Abriana Mann, a senior sprinter and jumper, is looking to stay healthy after injury-ridden sophomore and junior seasons.
"Abri has had little nagging things like hamstrings or calves; it always seems to be something," Cannon said. "If we can get everything ironed out by mid-April, she should be in good shape.
"I think a lot of it comes out from basketball where she is 5-6 or 5-5 and is forced into playing forward (because the team lacks height). Going against bigger people all the time takes a toll over the course of the season."
Mann said she is battling some shin issues but should be healthy soon and is ready to take the reins as a leader.
"I have to be a leader this year because the young kids now look up to me and how I do my workouts," she said. "We don't have a lot of numbers this year. We have about four girls sprinters, so it will be tough, but we can push through it."
In the opener, Mann won the long jump (15-8) and 300 hurdles (49.38) and placed third in the 100 (13.06).
The Comets finished third (49) behind champion and host North (105).
Junior thrower Kiya Conner won the discus (79-7) and was runner-up in the shot put (30-2).
Central Crossing took the top three places in the 1,600 with junior Jennifer Pena-Zamora (6:28.0), senior Mia Martinez-Cruz (6:41.72) and sophomore Rachel Sinyuk (6:47.46).
"We're not sure about our hurdles other than Abri, and everything starts and ends in our throws with Kiya," Cannon said. "We have a couple girls out from basketball in (juniors) Mimi Berete and Haley Cox who could help us in jumps and sprints. We still have to figure out who will be doing what for us."
Below are the coming schedules for the Central Crossing baseball, softball, boys tennis and track & field teams:
*April 5 -- Upper Arlington at Grandview
*April 8 -- Home vs. UA
*April 10 -- Home vs. Marysville
April 6 -- At Pickerington Central with Westerville South
April 8 -- Home vs. Groveport
*April 10 -- UA at Ohio State's Fred Beekman Park
April 4 -- At Reynoldsburg
April 8 -- Home vs. Canal Winchester
*April 9 -- At UA
TRACK & FIELD
April 5 -- Red Edwards Golden Eagle Relays at Big Walnut
April 9 -- At Hilliard Davidson