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By Dusty Robinson
RHS Track Coach 

Rosman Track Program Has High Expectations In 2016 – Rosman NC


The Rosman High School 2016 track team. Front row (left to right) are Meredith Maiken, Alyssa Abram, Allie Whitmire, Jordan Heath, Marissa Martinez, Sherylyn Reynaldo. Second row: Kayne Smith, Tannor Whitmire, Jonathan Holliday, Joshua Voris, Cade Lance, Jonathan Ray, Ethan Orr. Third row: Dakotah Morgan, Gage Orr, Jacob Hall, Matt Owen, Jacob Cauble, Ethan Shook, Ben Miner. Fourth row: Head Coach Dusty Robinson, Samuel Chappell, Trale Whitmire, William Partin, Alex Carillo, Alic Whitmire, Cannon Clark. Not pictured are: Tanner Green, Harper reese, Nich McCall (manager), Tom Whitaker (assistant coach) and Landon Allen (assistant coach). (Courtesy photo)

The outlook for the 2016 Rosman High track and field season is exciting.This year's roster includes a mix of returning standouts and promising newcomers.

All four members of the men's 3,200M relay team that finished last season fourth in the Western 1A region and competed at the state tournament return.Sophomore Ben Miner, junior Will Partin, and seniors Matt Owen and Ethan Orr are looking to replicate that success, and are being pushed by sophomore Jonathan Ray, who is looking to build on his performance during the cross country season, during which he qualified for the state meet.

This group, along with sophomore Alex Carillo and freshmen Joshua Voris and Dakotah Morgan – who will also throw discus – will represent the Tigers in the 800M, 1,600M, and 3,200M open races.

Returning junior Jordan Heath is joined by another newcomer, sophomore Meredith Maiken, in representing the lady Tigers in the distance races.

In the sprints, the Tigers look to be competitive in the men's 400M and 800M relay races.

Returning seniors Tanner Green and Gage Orr, juniors Alic Whitmire and Harper Reese, and sophomore Jacob Cauble, along with newcomer, senior Jacob Hall, will form the core of each relay team, as well as competing in the open sprints.

The relay teams have been knocking on the door of regional competition for several seasons, and this year represents an opportunity to move to that level.Matt Owen, freshmen Tannor Whitmire and Samuel Chappell, and Cauble will be the Tigers' first competitive 1,600M relay team since I became head coach in 2011.

Returning sophomore Marissa Martinez, junior Alyssa Abram, along with freshman Sherylyn Reynaldo and junior Allie Whitmire will compete in the open sprints for the lady Tigers.

Chappell and junior Trale Whitmire will compete in the hurdle races.

For the second season in a row, Rosman will have enough runners to run multiple relay teams, with Cauble, sophomore Jonathan Holliday, sophomore Cade Lance, and freshman Cannon Clark providing depth and receiving much-needed experience for the future.

The Tigers will also be strongly represented in the field events.

Sophomore Ethan Shook will be joined by freshmen Kayne Smith and Allie Whitmire in the shot put and discus.

Shook will also be a factor in the sprint relays. Green and Reese will compete in both the long jump and triple jump, Voris will be in the long jump, and Chappell and Trale Whitmire will compete in the high jump.

It is a testament to the desire of these student-athletes to represent themselves and their school in track and field that we have such a tremendous turnout, given the lack of facilities available to the middle and high schools in the county.

It isn't easy to convince athletes to compete in a sport which they have never seen performed.

We are certainly thankful for the improvements made at Brevard College, much due to Frank and Donna Patton, and the college's willingness to work with us in order to enhance the experience of these young people.

I am looking forward to watching this team compete, and I believe the team can finally break into the top half of the Smoky Mountain Conference, at least on the boys side.

As for the girls, their focus will be on competing for PRs (personal records), which they understand, given that we only have six.

It is truly a pleasure to coach this team.


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