Rams want to build on 2012 regional success

Team: Pleasant Ridge track

Last year’s top finishes:
* Boys' squad won league and regional titles

* Girls' team tied for third at league and finished 10th in regional action

Coach: Glenda Connelly

Key returnees:
* Tony Weber; 1,600-meters regional runner-up, 3,200-meters regional champ and finished eighth at state

* Kyle Lansing; state qualifier in the 4x100 and 4x400

* Blake Graham; state qualifier in the 4x100 and 4x400

* Rachel Hattok; state qualifier in 1,600-meters

* Oleta McCaully; fifth in the javelin at regionals

* Kimberly Barber; fifth in the triple jump at regionals

Newcomers to watch:
* Syvannah Williams

* Matt Smith

Team Outlook: STRENGTHS — A great work ethic seems to be the highlight of this year's Pleasant Ridge track and field squad.

“As a team our athletes work very hard at practice,” Connelly said. “The seniors and juniors are fine leaders and the sophomores and freshmen bring in a lot of enthusiasm.”

WEAKNESSES — A lot of kids are trying new events this season according to Connelly, which she hopes the team will have “the kinks worked out” by regionals.

Coach says: “I hope April and May are a lot warmer that March!”