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Young group for FCW track this season

The Flanagan-Cornell/Woodland co-op track and field team has 15 members out this spring, but it's a young group that will be led by coach David Harnish.

The boys side lost five-time state medallist and current Western Illinois University shot put and discus thrower Nick Olson to graduation, but promising freshman Kyle Uhl has done well in a couple of indoor meets, including an eighth-place finish in the shot put with a personal best of 43 feet, 9 inches at the University Invitational. Junior Christian Harms returns after an 11th-place mark in the long jump at last year's Bureau Valley Sectional, but will most likely also compete in the 100- and 200-meter runs. Harms was seventh (19-1 3/4) in the long jump and 21st (:07.81) in the 60 at the Heart of Illinois Invitational during the indoor season. 

Others who will look to improve over last year's marks will be juniors Mitch Lawless (200 and long jump), Nate McDonald (100 and 200) and Triston Watson (100 and long jump). Watson was 13th in the long jump at the HOIC indoor, while McDonald placed 23rd and Watson 35th in the 60 at the event.
The girls will most likely be paced by a trio of juniors — Molly Garretson, Amirah Dana and Alexis Tallent. At the HOIC indoor, Tallent was 12th in the 60 hurdles in a time of :11.83, while Garretson finished 18th in the long jump (12-8 1/2). Dana competed in the 60, shot put and long jump during the indoor season, Garretson the 60 and Tallent the high jump, as all three will most likely see time in the sprints when the outdoor season begins.

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