Braves seek to mold youthful rosters

Logan Elm Braves Boys Track and Field
Chad Conley
2022 finish: Fifth in Mid-State League Buckeye Division
Key returnees: Nate Edge, high jump and 110 hurdles; Allen Boerner, 200 and 400; Drew Tomlinson, 300 hurdles and 400; Luke Thompson, pole vault; Preston Nichols, throws; Michael Bock, 100; Gage Arnett, 800
Key newcomers: Dane Liggins, distance
Facts: Allen Boerner and Drew Tomlinson are returning members of the 1600 relay team that won a district championship and qualified for regionals.
Nate Edge was a regional qualifier for the Braves in the 110 hurdles, while Tomlinson advanced in the 300 hurdles and Boerner in the 400.

Logan Elm Braves Girls Track and Field
Chad Conley
2022 finish: Sixth in Mid-State League Buckeye Division
Key returnees: Tayla Tootle, pole vault; Camryn Ross, 800 and Kinley Whited, 1600
Key newcomers: Vera Henderly, distance; Claire King, utility
Facts: Tayla Tootle is a two-time returning state placer in the pole vault and won an indoor state pole vault championship during the winter. The Murray State signee wants to surpass 13-feet on the pole vault this spring and vie for a state championship to cap her senior season.
Camryn Ross is a returning regional qualifier in the 800.

Logan Elm’s Tayla Tootle finished fifth in the Division II state pole vault championships last season.

Overall expectations: “We want to go out and compete in each and every meet,” coach Chad Conley said. “On the girls side, we do have the indoor state champion Tayla Tootle in the pole vault. On the boys side, our sprints may be our strongest point.

“We are a young team with our boys having 16 freshmen and 13 sophomores and our girls having eight freshmen and seven sophomores. They all have a kindled spirit to compete and improve. It will be an exciting season watching them grow.”

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