Track and field is all about the numbers. Numbers in times, heights and distances.
Numbers were scarce for Kurt Gray in another form during his first season as Ravenswood’s head boy’s track and field coach. Gray went through the spring with just 11 performers.
It was a group small in numbers, but big in heart. “They worked hard and when I asked them to do something they did it. You just can’t win a meet as a team with 11 guys,” said the former Red Devil cross country and track athlete.
By the season’s end, three of the 11 made their way to Charleston for the 98th Annual West Virginia State High School Track and Field Meet in Class AA. Patrick Watson advanced in the long jump (finishing eighth), Luke Sadecky earned a spot as one of 16 to run the 1600 meters (placing 12th) and Andrew Ely qualified in the 100 meters (placing 13th). All three were juniors.
Gray was happy with the fact Sadecky and Ely made it to the State Meet by having better times than some higher finishers around West Virginia. State Meet qualifying in running events consists of taking the top three placers in the four regional meets of each event and then the next four best times. Ravenswood competed in a very strong Region 1 of Class AA.
Besides the three state qualifiers, Ravenswood’s senior group of 2013 will consist of Will Schindler and John Hayman. Returning competitors who will be juniors include Dalton Gandee and Jon Crow. Those out this year who be sophomores next season are Chase Jarrell, Connor Jelich, Donovan Estep and Aaron Parsons.
“This was a dedicated bunch,” said Gray. “It was great hanging out with them and building relationships.” He feels it will be a good solid base next year and is hopeful others will come out and create some much-needed depth. Because as always, it’s all about the numbers.