Meadville's track program will have a fair time competing against similarly sized schools, coach Drew Nier believes.
Nier has nearly 60 athletes under his supervision, and for the first time, he will be ring-leading the program without any assistants.
He said that on both sides, boys and girls, his relay teams will be poised to earn the Eagles major points. The boys should be a threat against any similar-size school, with junior Dillon Seckington leading the way. Seckington is a reigning cross country medalist and track state medalist in both the 1600 and 3200. Nier said that outside of those two events, he can plug Seckington into whatever event he most realistically believes he can score the team points.
"Anything from the 400 up to the two mile, he can do whatever," Nier said. "He could potentially anchor our four-by-eight team if we're strong enough to warrant him running it."
Jacob Tsikoyak poses a threat to rival throwers, as he is a returning state qualifier in the discus. Parker Burton is also expected to deal some damage in the high jump.
Kaci Ruff is the biggest asset to Nier's girls' team, as the high jumper and 100 meter sprinter has steadily improved under his tutelage.
"Our boys will have a chance to win a couple meets, and our goal is to win the conference meet, but not having a pole vaulter has kind of killed us there the past few years," Nier said. "On the girls side, we'd like to be in the top three or four in a lot of meets just because we have big numbers.
"I've got enough bodies and kids who will be fairly competitive against schools our size."