By Chris Zadorozny
For the Robichaud boys’ track squad and coach Jamual Bohannon, getting to the state finals this year is one of the top goals.
The team was undefeated in the league last year and won the all-area meet for the first time in 33 years. “Five kids made it to states,” said Bohannon. “That was a big compliment to the kids.”
Of the five that made it to states, four are returning. Seniors Josh Shumack, Shoib Alam, Torin Anderson, and Marshall Burns, who all ran the 4×400 relay, are back.
The only all-stater not returning is discus thrower Diontaye Land, who graduated.
Along with the four seniors returning, another 15 are coming back, giving added depth to this already deep team.
“I’m really kind of looking at my senior class as the focus,” said Bohannon.
Bohannon has been coaching 10 of the athletes since junior high, so he knows them well and has high hopes for his team heading into this season.
“I would be surprised if we don’t win regionals and compete for a state championship,” he said.
The Bulldogs also have a new hurdles coach, which will help the team in that area.
“Our hurdlers are now 10 times better because of Coach Streets,” Bohannon said.
In addition to his returning state-meet seniors, Bohannon is also looking at his middle distance sprinters to be the new core of the team.
Last year, Robichaud competed in the WWAC Red Division with Garden City, Annapolis, Redford Union, and Fordson.
In their new league, the Bulldogs will now compete with all Class A schools in Dearborn High, Romulus, Belleville, Livonia Clarenceville, Redford Union, and Inkster in the Blue Division.
This year Annapolis boys’ track team will be a young one and one that looks to its sprinters for leadership.
Senior sprinter Darien Stephens is looking to improve on last season, a year that saw him finish first in the 100 meters at the Charger Invitational and fourth at regionals.
“He looks to get back to the state finals and make it out of the semis in the hopes of an all-state bid,” said coach Kevin Knierim.
The Cougars have some new talent in the distance races and that group will be led by sophomore Tristan Towsend, the only Cougar to finish both the mile and two-mile at regionals last year.
“The distance squad has added some talent that will hopefully help fill gaps that we have been missing for the last couple of years,” said Knierim.
Crestwood is hoping to improve upon its fifth-place league finish last year with a few returning seniors leading the way.
The team’s 2-4 record wasn’t what coach Tim Kus was looking for, but said it comes with growing as a team.
“We have 45-50 new kids and we are really excited,” said Kus.
The Chargers are pretty much starting over, according to Kus, but he wants the team to get better as the season progresses.
Not many athletes are returning to the squad, leaving it very young, but for three top seniors.
Sprinter Ali Kassem, hurdler and thrower Matt Silski and mid-distance runner Max Telicki are the heart of the team.
Kassem competed in the 100 meters in regionals, but did not finish in the preliminary round, which will fuel him for this year. He also anchors the 4×100 and 4×200 relay squads this year as well.
For Silski, improving his stats from last year is a big must as well. He finished fourth in the 300 meter hurdles and 22nd in discus at regionals.
“I’m looking forward to the season with the new kids, and hopeful that they can improve,” said Kus. “Hopefully we can surprise some people at the league meet.”
To read the original post that appeared online on the MI Prep Zone website, on March 22, 2013, go to www.miprepzone.com/pressandguide.