Varsity Track Ready to Hit the Ground Running

Cole Thomas, Reporter

Bishop Blanchet Track and Field began their 2018 campaign last week, and expectations are high.

The team will be led by an experienced and determined class, with some newcomers looking to make a name for themselves.

Senior Carter Custer, a sprinter, knows the high standards he will be held to because of his experience, but nonetheless is excited about his final season as a Brave athlete.

“We had a talented squad last year who were competitive in Metro,” said Custer, “But we have a lot of speed still and should be good.”

Custer also took note of the departure of sprint coach Clinton Allen Sr.

“Coach Clint was great, he knew how to get this team ready,” said Custer, “But we will have to continue to grow and work without him.”

Allen is no longer with the BBHS Track program because of his recently newborn daughter. After a successful coaching career at BBHS with both the track and football teams, Allen decided it was best to stay home with his family.

In the field events, the shot and disc circle will be a headliner for the Braves. Throwing coach Dominic Salle, in his third year, has Metro competitors in both boys and girls discus. Those competitors, who include Jillese Bush and Logan Galbraith, will look to pick up where they left off in making tremendous strides.

Junior Logan Galbraith has high expectations for himself as well.

“I’ve been working all offseason, and am really excited to show how much I’ve improved” said Galbraith.

In shot put, senior Scott Rickels will look to head to state, after falling just short in his junior year. This and one more prestigious goal has Rickles motivated.

“I want to make State of course, but a personal goal is to break the BBHS shot record” said Rickels, “it has been a goal of mine since I began throwing here.”

The Braves have a talented group in both boys and girls track and field events, and with their goal of being a tough Metro competitor, should be an entertaining spectacle this spring.