The Syracuse-Dunbar-Avoca boys’ track team graduated a lot of points last year, but, despite that, Coach Rick Nordhues said he likes the composition of this year’s roster and thinks the team can be competitive this season.
Coach Nordhues said the Rockets have some individuals with scoring ability in multiple events.
“I have some high expectations for Jon Cox in the sprints and long jump,” said Nordhues. “Cody Pester and Luke Wilkinson will be improved in the middle distance races.  We will need them to score in multiple events.
“ Christian Frederick will be consistent in jumps and help some relays.  Mitch McWilliams will be able to challenge for a gold medal in the pole vault at every meet.
“Our throwers will be better this year as well.  
“Freshman Colby Lefferdink and Grant Stubbendick have shown some promise on the track,” said Nordhues. “We hope Jake Heitkamp will get strong enough to be able to compete late in the season.
“I see us competing at some meets.  We will focus on continually improving throughout the season,” he said.
Members of the boys’ team and their events, in order by class:
Freshman: Cody Lintner, middle distance; Grant Orchard, distance; Jeremy Burr, throws; Grant Carlson, jumps; Grant Stubbendick, middle distance; and Colby Lefferdink, hurdles.
Sophomores: Nathan Printz, middle distance; Bryan Bailey, throws; Jackson Zastera, throws; Tanner Loecker, sprints; and Tyler Knake, sprints.
Juniors: Max Kuhr, throws and sprints; Luke Wilkinson, distance; Izaak Prater, throws; Caleb Lefferdink, throws; Christian Frederick, jumps and relays; and Trevor Brinkman, jumps and relays.
Seniors: Jonny Cox, sprints; Nate Hemje, throws; Viktor Werner, distance; Jake Heitkamp, jumps; Cody Pester, distance; Mitchell McWilliams, pole vault and relays; and Dawson Flint, throws.