OVER AND OUT — West Valley Central School track star Collin Proctor takes the vault, during a meet. Photo submitted by Kristopher Fuller.
WEST VALLEY — The West Valley Central School boys track team enters the 2014 season looking to continue to build on recent seasons. Since 2011, the boys program has increased its win count every year, from zero wins in 2011, to one win in 2012 and two wins in 2013. The two wins from last year were both over Class C schools Westfield and Cassadaga Valley.
According to coach Kristopher Fuller, in 2011, only three West Valley students came out for track.
“Fast forward four years and the program has grown to include 18 athletes,” Fuller said. The program continues to grow and make progress, each year. The 2014 team’s makeup is six returning players and 12 rookies. It will be anchored by seniors Collin Proctor, Frank Cardamone and Jesse Nelson and sophomores Ethan Boberg and Rin Tojo.
Proctor is the only returning Section 6 qualifier and Chautauqua Cattaraugus Athletic Associatiom All-Star from last season. Proctor qualified in the Pentathlon and looks toward a return trip to sectionals. He also excels in the 400-meter, high jump and long jump, according to his coach. Cardamone will lead the team in all three jumping events. Nelson will be a force in the 100-meter, 200-meter, 400-meter and shot put, Fuller noted. Boberg, a sophomore, is entering his fourth varsity season. He has finished top 10 in team points, each of the past three years. His main events are the 100-meter, 200-meter and long jump. The two other returning lettermen are Brandon Rockwood, in throws, and Brandon Blackwell, in sprints and hurdles.
More than half of the team consists of rookies. Middle- and long-distance runners include Matt Proctor, Jacob Kearney, Kyle Grzechowiak, E.J. Thiel and Jacob Ploetz. Sprinters will be Derek Wells, Josh Fleischman, Nick King, Caleb Homan, Spencer Keller and Mike Boberg.
The boys kick off the season April 5 in the Frostbite Relays at Franklinville.