Wolves move on without stars

If a coach were building a track-and-field program, Cedric Carter and Renard Williams wouldn’t be a bad place to start.

Carter was a standout for South Kitsap High School in the 100 meters a year ago, while Williams won the state championship in the shot put with a throw of 59 feet, 3 inches.

But both now are full-time football players — Carter at Idaho and Williams at Eastern Washington — and SK coach Joanne Warren describes the majority of the 109 boys and girls returning this spring as a “young, young team.”

“Having Renard be such a powerhouse for the last three years, I think, let a lot of kids look at other things,” Warren said. “Now we’re going to have to rebuild our throws, shots and discus.”

The Wolves might have another individual state champion this year, but it likely will come from the girls side.

“Lindsey Porter should take state,” Warren said of her pole vaulter. “She’s already vaulted 11-6 this winter.”

Porter, a senior, said she finished last year with a vault of 11 feet and expects to start out there this year and work up.

“I’m definitely hoping to break my record by a foot this year,” she said. “I want to go 12 or 12-6 this year. I’m hoping (to win state) this year.”

Another girls field participant Warren is excited about is senior Rachel Jensen, who competes in all three jumps — high, long and triple — in addition to the 400-meter dash.

Warren sees her as someone with the potential to advance to state in addition to junior Amy Wilson, who throws the javelin.

Three-sport athlete Caitlin Daniels, a senior, is one of the Wolves’ top runners. Daniels, who also competes in soccer and basketball, runs the 400 and 1,600 relay.

“It keeps me in shape,” she said, adding that she wants to cut her 400 time by 4 seconds from 1:04. “I might as well have fun and hurt when I’m older.”

Warren said one of South’s top newcomers is sophomore Ericka Copeland, who runs the 1,600 and 3,200.

On the boys side, Warren is excited about the potential of the sprinters, led by Deandre Jackson, Stephen Tucker and Ryan Williams.

“There’s not going to be a superstud, but I’ve got Ryan and Stephen,” Warren said. “The depth there is good.”

The Wolves also have some returning talent in the distance events with seniors Mitch Brown and Kyle Stolt both running the 1,600 and 3,200. Jon Phillips, a junior who battled injuries and the flu last season, said he is feeling a lot better this spring. He runs the 800 and 1,600.

“I feel pretty strong this year, just not where I need to be yet,” Phillips said. “That’s fine though because it’s a long season.”

Jose Andrino, a junior, also returns for the Wolves in the wheelchair race. The South boys won the Combined Wheelchair state champion last year.

Sophomore Leon La Deaux, who also plays football and basketball, will compete in the hurdles. Warren said he has “natural speed” and is 6 foot 3, but needs work on his technique.

Another newcomer is Sean Carter — Cedric’s younger brother. Warren said Carter, a junior, likely will compete in several events.

“He’s a better all-around athlete than Cedric,” Warren said. “He’s got some of his brother’s speed — Cedric’s definitely fast — but Sean a little stronger all around, so jumps seem to be a good spot for him.”

Former coach Dave Olsen has returned to assist with the jumpers, which includes senior Devlan Miller, who competes in all three jumps. He also competes in some running events, but sees his best opportunity to compete at state in the high jump.

“I almost got there last year,” he said. “I would like to have another shot at it.”

A trip to state would help Warren toward her goal of taking double-digit competitors to Star Track in May at Pasco’s Edgar Brown Stadium.

“It’s probably a rebuilding year,” she said. “But I took 10 last year and I would like to take more than that this year.”

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