Clopton’s track and field team hopes to build on strong performances in one set of performances and the introduction of another to their repertoire, head coach Colleen O’Brien added.

The team includes several returning competitors and an influx of freshmen.

Returning seniors include Denovan Denslow, Robert Rothbard, Michael Wright, and Berley Abel.

In total, O’Brien said the varsity teams have 10 girls and 11 boys.

O’Brien said she was planning to rebuild the girls and boys 4×400 relay teams that went to state last season.

She also said she was “looking forward” to adding javelin to Clopton’s team events.

The Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) added javelin to the state championship meet recently, O’Brien said, and the team was able to add it to their set of events because of the experience of Ryan Heyel, the team’s new assistant coach, who threw javelin in college, and the support of the Clopton Activity Boosters.

O’Brien noted that the team has two meets close to home at Bowling Green on March 21 and April 2.

They were scheduled to run in their first competition of the season at Winfield on Monday, March 18.

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