MORGANTOWN — They say never judge a book by its cover, and the Trinity Christian track team is no exception.
The Warriors kicked the season off with just seven athletes and a late start, but have already made quite the splash in the Class A leaderboards.
“We have a small team, but even though our team is small, we’ve been known to be successful,” Trinity coach Jordan Brooks said. “We’re hoping to have an impact again this year.”
Hampered by the loss of state meet qualifiers Piper McLaughlin to graduation and Emily Saurborn to an ACL injury in basketball season, the Warriors look to rebound behind the legs of sophomore Shawnee Jenkins and junior Reagan Sharp.
Jenkins is off to an emphatic start for her sophomore season, ranking third in Class A in the 100 meter dash and eighth in the 300 meter low hurdles. Sharp, well known in the region for her point guard prowess on the hardwood, is a former state meet qualifier in long jump and ranks seventh in the state.
“I’m excited to see those girls perform and see how far they make it,” Brooks said.
Joining the two dynamic underclassmen on the girls’ side are freshman Katie White, senior Emily Braham and junior Kaylie Laskody, the last of whom now sits in a tie for 10th in Class A for the high jump.
On the boys’ side, the Warriors compete solely in the field, where senior and discus school record-holder Frankie Kerekes will lead the way, accompanied by junior newcomer Jack Barnett.
While the numbers game logistically eliminates Trinity from team championship discussion, Brooks expects big things from the athletes who will compete as the season stretches on.
“Everyone who is on the team is athletic and has a lot to show people,” Brooks said. “We’re ready to get out there and prove ourselves.”
The Warriors will take the track for just their second meet of the season April 13, as they travel to cross-county rival Clay-Battelle for the Mason-Dixon Conference championship meet. Field events are scheduled to kick off at 4 p.m. with running on the track to commence soon after.