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The defending 3A conference state champion Scorpion boys track and field team will have a different look to it this season, but Head Coach Harry Schneider believes they will still compete.

“We’ve got a solid squad. There are good kids coming back and they’re excited to begin the season,” Schneider said before practice Wednesday, March 2.

Junior Chris Oestmann gets his work in on the high jump platform Wednesday, March 2. Oestmann is looking to break the state record in high jump this year as he hopes to jump 6 feet 4 inches.The Sedona Red Rock High School track and field program lost several seniors in 2010, but the biggest losses on the boys’ side would be Kevin Cox, Garrett Debs and Jesus Rivera.

All won gold medals in their respective events, with Cox winning three and setting records in the process.

That was 2010 however, and this is 2011, according to Schneider. The Scorpions will also have to contend with the new alignment set by the Arizona Interscholastic Association over the summer.

Sedona sits at Division III, and will have to go through 52 schools to win a state title instead of the normal 28 in the past.

There are no region championships either, or sections. According to Schneider, athletes will have to qualify at specific state meets throughout the season to make state.

In the past, athletes could finish top three in their respective event at a regional meet and qualify for state automatically.

Nevertheless, the Scorpions are ready for the 2011 season to begin which will happen Saturday, March 5, when Sedona travels south to the Gatorade Invitational at Tolleson High School.

Top returners for the boys include junior Chris Oestmann, who plans on setting the state high jump record this season, jumping 6 feet 4 inches.

Senior A.J. Garnello returns to throw the discus and is looking to break the school record this season.

Others returning include senior Will Spicer in the sprints, senior Mike Lamb in the triple jump, junior Dillon Barns in the hurdles and sophomores Walker Eaton and Keenan Crans in the pole vault.

Top newcomers this season for the Sedona boys include three freshmen in Brandon Snickers, Travis Okie and Wesley Herrera.

Snickers and Okie are distance runners while Herrera is a pole vaulter by trade.

Sedona Girls

The Sedona girls track and field team is looking to have an outstanding season in 2011.

Top returners for the girls include senior Hope Goimarac in the hurdles, the high jump and the pole vault.

“Hope [Goimarac] is the best overall athlete we have for the girls. She can do everything,” Schneider said.

Junior Nyomi Mosley returns in the shot put along with sophomore Tiana Hatler, who also does the shot put and discus.

Other sophomore stars for Sedona this season include Jillian Bradshaw in the hurdles and the cross country sectional champions from the fall in Mykala Seresun, Taylor Gage, Eva Wilson and Rachel Lillie. All will compete in distance events this year for the Scorpions.

Sophomore Sierra Hatler returns to the triple jump while junior teammate Ashley Hook improved during the offseason and could see time at the pole vault events.

Top newcomers for the girls include sophomore Brook Coyner who will compete in the hurdles and the high jump.

Freshman Morgan Hawes has joined the team as well and should see time in the triple jump event this spring.

“Overall, the girls are young and talented. I look forward to seeing what they can do this season,” Schneider said.

Outlook

With the new divisional alignment this spring, there’s no telling what’s in store for the Scorpions track and field program.

Hopefully, Sedona will find its rhythm early and wind up competing for a Division III state championship in May at Mesa Community College.


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