Coach: Patrick Ames
Last year: Finished fifth at the Nortwest Conference Championships with 63 points. ... Finished third at the Class 1A Tri-District Finals with 84 points. ... Finished third at the Class 1A State Championships with 37 points.
Returning state participants: Collin Magnusson (sr., 1,600, 3,200); Marcus McGuinn (jr., 110 hurdles), Sam Tanner (sr., pole vault)
Others to watch: Nick Miller (sr., sprints); Nick Dritsas (sr., sprints); Isaiah Thompson (sr., hurdles); Blake Carson (sr., throws)
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Outlook: From distance, to hurdles, to sprints, the Meridian boys’ track and field team should be fast this spring. Besides bringing back some strong athletes, Trojans coach Patrick Ames said he’s excited for some speedy newcomers. “We got another sizable team,” Ames said of his 90 athletes between the boys’ and girls’ teams. “We return three kids that went to state last year, but the core of the team have been track kids since they have been at high school.” Meridian embarks on its new campaign after leaving last year’s state meet with a trophy, and the Trojans seem to have the firepower to contend for another. One of Meridian’s captains, senior Collin Magnusson, gives the Trojans a great leader and an even better distance runner. Marcus McGuinn (hurdles) and Sam Tanner (pole vault) bring back state experience. Meridian lost a little production in its throwing crew with the graduation of Kaleb Heezen, but Blake Carson should help give the group a boost. Seniors sprinters off the football team, Nick Miller and Nick Dritsas, could be one’s to watch as the season rolls on. Isaiah Thompson should pair well with McGuinn in the hurdles.