MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon High School track team continues to grow in size and depth as they take aim at an OCC title in the 2011 track season.
With 20 athletes in their first or second year, along with a few injured veterans, coach Jim Lindsey has a tough job ahead of him.
Lindsey is counting on a core of well-seasoned leaders to help lift the rest if they are to have a shot at the OCC.
“It’s going to be a young team,” said Lindsey. “It’s going to be more rebuilding than what we had last year. We’ll be depending on some of our key guys.
One of the real strengths of the boys team will be in heaving the shot and discus.
“In the throws are Mark Lawson and Jordon Crabtree. Mark has got some health issues right now, and he couldn’t make the Riverview relays. Hopefully, we can get him past that and get him on his way. He has made some big strides between last year and this year. He has become one of the leaders on the team. Hopefully, we will see some real good things from him, if not this next dual (the Lexington Invitational.)”
Leevi Stump is expected to be the top long jumper and more.
“In the jumps, I’ve got Leevi, who will also do sprints and relays,” said Lindsey. “He started off with a bang as a freshman. I’d like to have him another two or three years as a matter of fact. He’s progressed real well. He knows his talent as far as long jumping. There’s not much as a coach to do to correct him, because he understands what he needs to do.”
Jarod Vance leads the distance corps after an excellent year in cross country.