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Aukerman takes over boys track program at Carrollton

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Carrollton High School boys track returning lettermen
Carrollton boys track returning lettermen (front row from left): Zach Fuhrer, Bryce Mohn, Jacob Casto, and Noah Stertzbach. Back row: John Brown, Lynk Tranter, Tyler Dodd, Avery Wilson, and Austin Keefer.

Mike Aukerman begins his first year at the helm of the Carrollton boys track team, replacing long time head coach Larry Cogan who guided the Warriors for over 20 seasons.

The Warriors struggled in 2013, posting an overall record of 2-5 and placing sixth in the Northeastern Buckeye Conference.

“Our numbers are up and we have a hungry group of newcomers that should mold well with a veteran group of talented athletes,” Aukerman said. “Our focus will be daily progression and development, and the potential to be very competitive at the end of the year. Our season will be dictated by how far our leaders are willing to take us.”

Carrollton returns 11 lettermen from last year’s team.

They are seniors Lynk Tranter in the hurdles and jumps, Noah Stertzbach in the sprints and relays, Austin Bentley in the shot and discus, Jacob Casto in the discus and shot, and John Brown in the distance events, juniors Tyler Dodd in the sprints, discus and shot; Austin Keefer in the mid distance events and long jump, Zach Fuhrer in the hurdles and high jump, Avery Wilson in the sprints and long jump; Cameron Haught in the sprints and sophomore Bryce Mohn in the sprints.

Promising newcomers to this year’s team are junior Zade Deitz and Caleb Pasiuk and freshmen Brenton Miller, Cole Lovett and Tyler Fox.

Coach Aukerman will be assisted by a veteran group of coaches. Chris Woolf will coach the hurdles and high jump, Caleb Crowl the sprints, Greg Platt the shot and discus, and Jamie Stewart, sprints and sprint relays, with Aukerman coaching the distance events, distance relay and long jump.

The Warriors will open their season Saturday at the Jeff Arthurs Invitational at Claymont High School.

The first dual meet will be at home Tuesday against Canton South and next Saturday they will take part in the Gloria Dawes Invitational at Union Local High School.

They will be at Louisville April 8 and take part in the Quaker Club Mini Relay at New Philadelphia on April 10. They will be at the West Holmes Invitational on April 12.

Carrollton will host Alliance on April 15.

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