Optimism in Frontier camp

NEW MATAMORAS – The Frontier track and field team enters its third season in 2013 and the numbers continue to improve on a yearly basis for head coach Adam Olson.

“We started with 25 kids three years ago and we have 42 out this year,” said Olson, who will be assisted by Scott Canter and Brandon Yonley this season. ” We are just thrilled with those numbers and excited to get the season going.”

Olson handles both the boys and the girls teams for Frontier and has been quite impressed by what he has seen so far in practice.

Among those expected to play key roles for the Frontier thin clads will be junior hurdler Kelsey Daugherty.

“She (Daugherty) has lettered both years,” said Olson, who coached a pair of regional qualifiers last year in Kelsey Duff and Micayla Cochran. “We expect big things from her in both the hurdles and the sprints this year.”

Kristen Canter will be another Cougar runner to key tabs on as Olson looks for strong performances from her in the middle distance events.

Olson is thrilled to have a trio of former Cougar football players in Eddie Salazar, Jordan Jefferson and Taylor Merckle out this year and feels all three will be very competitive in the sprints.

Austin Kimble and Tyler Hunt have the opportunity to have very good seasons as well according to their head coach.

“They both have shown a lot of improvement this year,” said Olson of both Kimble and Hunt. “They have looked very good this spring .”

Tyler Gutberlet figures to lead the Frontier hurdles contingent.

As would be expected for an up and coming track and field program, the Frontier team continues to reach new milestones each year.

Olson has set goals to reach a few more of those milestones in the upcoming season.

“Our goal is to win a meet this year and that goal seemed impossible a few years ago,” said Olson. “We would also like to maybe get someone to Columbus for the state meet.”

Frontier will get the season started at Fort Frye on April 2.