Bill Christman again heads up the track and field program at Crestline High School, this being the 29th year he’s done so.
The Lady Bulldogs will be without three-time state qualifier and easily the top female performer in Crawford county over the past three years in Amber Schreck who graduated last June. They also need to replace Becka and Maranda McIe who ran legs on the regional-qualifying 4x400 relay team.
Claudia Koan returns, and will be doing a lot this Spring as she is expected to compete in the long jump, 400 and 800 relays. She was also a member of the 2013 regional 4x400 quartet. Another veteran being counted on is Aylissa Haymond. She is penciled in to do the high jump, the 4x400 and 4x800 relays.
Top prospects include: Kelly Green, 4x400, 300 hurdles and 200; Cede Thomas, 1600, 3200, 4x800 and 4x400; Kaylee Morgan, 800, 1600, 3200, 4x800 and 4x400; and Cierra Roberts, shot put and discus.
Christman listed a small team — only 11 members — as an area of concern.
Crestline’s boys lost three-year regional qualifier Nick Reynolds (400), relays specialist Rob Green, and pole vaulter/sprinter Mike Spade to graduation.
Deke Biglin is a returning letterman who runs the 300 hurdles and the 800.
Top prospects are: Alan Gundrum, middle distance; Lee Hurst, sprints and long jump; and sprinter Lucas Wonder.
Like the girls, the Buldogs are short in numbers with only nine members. They include the above mentioned, plus Brandon Evans, Brad Hess, Alstan Patrick, Tim Tompkins and Brian Wonder.