by Rob Tetro
The Fulton boys varsity track and field team earned three wins in 2013. The Red Raiders defeated Oswego, Fowler and Cortland.
Fulton was led by the senior leadership of Kyle Loftus, Pat Fink, Mike Ledger, Alan Cronk, Cody Pickreign and Tim Conners. Coach Joel Carroll said he has high regard for his six graduating seniors.
Loftus was one of the league leaders in distance events. Fink led the team in the discus event while also having a solid season in both the shot put and relay events. Ledger developed into an athlete who was solid in both the triple jump and sprint events.
Cronk’s specialty was in distance running but he also served as a solid substitute in other running events. Pickreign’s season was limited by injury and illness but he still managed to be decent in sprint events. Conners managed to take part in discus events throughout the season as well.
Carroll feels quite strongly that next season’s seniors could be impressive. The Red Raiders will be returning Jimmy Martin, Conner Aldasch, Chase Halstead, Mike Holcomb, Matt Holden, Brandon Ladd, Tony Paulich and Chance Porter.
Other athletes who will be returning for Fulton next season as juniors are All-League distance runner Bailey Lutz, Jacob Belcher, Jacob Cuyler, Logan Defenbacher, Nick Kenyon, Mike Lewchanin, Geof Michaels and Nick Reitz.
According to Carroll, the Red Raiders will be in search of more student-athletes next year to make up for their smaller group of sophomores. Sophomores who will be returning to the team next season are Ian Devendorf, Jake LaVea, Scott Littleton and Garet Roik.
Despite the smaller group of sophomores, the incoming freshmen appear to be a group that Carroll looks forward to developing.