|Eastwood boys stress process in bid for 13th straight title|
|Written by KEVIN GORDON, Assistant Sports Editor|
|Thursday, 28 March 2013 10:08|
LUCKEY - Eastwood's boys track and field team is concentrating on daily improvement this season.
The Eagles believe if they do that, they'll have a successful season.
Eastwood returns 28 lettermen, including nine seniors, from last season when it won the Northern Buckeye Conference championship with 163 1/2 points.
Among the returnees are three individual NBC champions - senior Isaiah Conkle in the 100 and 200, senior Blake Kohring in the 110 hurdles, and sophomore Devin Snowden in the long jump.
Eastwood also returns three members of its winning 3,200, 400 and 1,600 relay teams, and two members of its first-place 800 relay team.
The Eagles have won 12 straight league championships, spanning the Suburban Lakes League and the NBC.
"We're focusing more on the process and letting the results take care of themselves," Eastwood coach Brian Sabo said. "We've tried to focus more on the guys, the process, the training, and let the team points, the team finish where they may. We believe the team result will be good, but we've asked them to invest a little bit more in themselves as people."
"I love our team," Sabo added. "There is a lot great character on this team. We've picked up right where last year's seniors left off. We have some great people, some great leaders."
The Eagles won the Division II state indoor championship earlier this month.
"We have a number of returning people who are performing well right now," Sabo said. "We were very young in certain areas last year and those people are really rising so far, and there are people who have just waited their turn, and now they're ready to contribute. They're excited about being on a relay or being in a bigger meet to score a point to help the team."
Last season, Eastwood also won a district title and finished fourth in the regional.
Conkle is a returning state qualifier in the 100 and the 200, and Snowden is a returning state qualifier in the long jump.
Conkle was ninth in the 100, but missed the finals of the 200. Snowden was 14th in his event.
Eastwood returns three members of its 400 relay team that finished eighth at state last season.
The returnees are Conkle, classmate John Rogers and sophomore Brennan Seifert.
"That's a major goal of ours, to get as many guys as we can down to state because we're still fairly young," Sabo said. "But that's the end product. We're so focused on the product and the daily tasks that will allow the results to take care of themselves."
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