After weeks of unseasonably weird weather with little or no moisture, spring has hit and the rain clouds have opened to give the area some much-needed relief from the drought situation.
The rain, though, has played havoc with the spring sports schedule in north central Kansas. Athletes have had limited practices and early events have been cancelled or postponed.
Track and field athletes are scheduled to take to the oval track in Chapman today. Coaches and runners alike are hoping to get this event so that competition can begin.
A number of the North Central Kansas League teams are scheduled to be in Chapman later today and it will give everyone an early look at the competitors in the conference.
Abilene track coach Steve Simpson indicated that he has his largest group of athletes out for track this year in his three years coaching the Cowboys and Cowgirls. Abilene has well over 80 high school athletes running, jumping and throwing at Ken Russell track during practices.
The Cowboys will be challenged to replace three of the four runners on the state champion 4x400M relay team from a year ago. Michael Anguiano returns coach Simpson has several candidates to fill in around Anguiano including senior Ryan Wilson, senior Dustin Wilson and sophomore Damian Hartman to name a few. Ryan Wilson recorded a 53.1 440 time last season.
Hartman returns as an 800M runner as does Dustin Wilson. Wilsonâs best time last year was 2:09.8 with Hartman close behind at 2:10.2.
Junior Ben Wright returns as one of the top 1600M and 3200M runners in the conference. Wright had the fourth best 1600 time last year at 4:54.1 and his 3200 mark of 10:37.4 was the best in the league last season.
In sprints, the Cowboys return sophomore Dylan Sherbring and junior Dominick Campbell. Campbell also returns in hurdles.
Simpson should have multiple candidates for…