Coach: Patrick Ames
Last year: Finished sixth at Northwest Conference Championships with 51.5 points. ... Finished fifth at Class 1A Tri-District Meet with 56 points. ... Finished 17th at Class 1A State Championships with 17 points.
Returning state participants: Blake Briones (sr. 110 hurdles), Chase Gibson (sr. 4x100), Kaleb Heezen (sr. javelin), Sam Tanner (jr. pole vault)
Others to watch: Colin Magnusson (jr. distance), Sam Tanner (jr. pole vault), Connor Aamot (sr. pole vault), Spencer Blackburn (sr. throws)
Outlook: With seniors Spencer Blackburn and Kaleb Heezen returning for their final season, coach Patrick Ames expects the Trojans to be a talented throwing group. "We are as deep in the throwing events as any 1A school can be," Ames said in a phone interview. Junior Blake Carson is another talented thrower included in Meridian's arsenal, and Tucker Garcia is a strong discus thrower. Junior Colin Magnusson has enjoyed an impressive cross country career and gives Meridian a top-caliber distance runner to pair with senior sprinter Chase Gibson, who also competes in long jump. "We won't be as deep as the bigger schools, but we have our top-end guys," Ames said. Pole vaulting duo Connor Aamot and Sam Tanner give the Trojans two top-tier vaulters.
Reach ANDREW LANG at firstname.lastname@example.org or call ext. 862.