ILWACO - Long-time Ilwaco High School track and field coach Joe Williams greeted 26 student athletes for spring turnout at Pederson Field March 1.
While the numbers are strong, Williams said there may not be the number of state champion-caliber athletes he's developed in past seasons.
Williams, eternally optimistic, said "time will tell."
As far as final performances are concerned, he singled out Garrett Binion as a state performer from last season and predicted great things from the senior in the 800 and mile relay.Williams also has high hopes for pole vaulter Josh Gray, another senior
Katie Holmes is back for her senior season after missing the 100 meter state finals by 1/100th of a second.
"Katie should do very well in the 100, 200, long jump and 4X200 relay," Williams predicted.
Kari Knutzen and Michelle Wroble are seniors with promise in the distance races and Wroble is a solid contender as a "thrower" according to the coach.
Junior Erin Knick in the 400 and mile relay and Jillian Guelfi as a distance runner show the most potential in that class according to Williams.
The sophomore quartet of Jordan Williams, John Hayes, Dylan Wirkkala and Scott Fagerland provide a state-level mile relay team.Williams and Hayes competed in Cheney last year and when Binion is added to the mix, the Fishermen should do well in the relays.
Tatiana Bullock, a sprinter, and Lora Schott, who will compete in the 400 and 800 races, are the top freshmen on the squad according to the coach.
Other valuable shot put and discus athletes include sophomore Joe Goelz, frosh Gweneviere Gerke and junior Andrea Becken.Sophomores include David Caudle, Kathryn Freese, Joe Goelz, Meredith Jensen, Keith Knutzen and Shaun Peterson. Freshmen rounding out the team are David Casper, Luke Jensen, Brian Marteeny and Mark Wirkkala.
Williams is assisted by Jo Peterson, Mike Anderson and Sarah Taylor, providing valuable assistance and "new ideas", according to the venerable coach. Ilwaco's first meet is May 17 at home.