Because they won a district title in 2016, the Paris varsity boys track and field team knows what it wants and how to get it.
That scenario is much easier to talk about than it is to perform, though, which is what makes it so important to remember all the other milestones this team reached along the way. For example, the Coyotes set school records in the 4x100 and 4x200 relays on their way to placing 12 at the state meet. In order to earn that spot the team had to claim a state championships in the 4x200 relay and place fifth in the 4x100 relay. Brett Miller finished third in the long jump, as well.
This year those efforts will be led by a group of returning athletes for Paris that includes Miller, Dylan Painter, Jacob Green, Drew Duncan, Breck Hancock and Dakota Howard. Making these accomplishments even more vital is the fact this squad lost Tucker Gruber, Laine Forrest, Briar Hancock and Michael Ensor to graduation.
With head coach Gary Crusha coming back for his sixth season and bringing with him assistant coach Doug Buie, the Lady Coyotes also have quite the expectations to live up to. That's because, not only did Paris' Aly Francis and Hannah Mitchell set school record in the 3200 run and the discus, respectively, they also finished second at districts.
From there the Lady Coyotes went on to place 29th at the state meet as Mitchell was fourth in the discus, Francis was ninth in the 3,200 and 11th in the 1,600 and Allison Moore came in 10th in the high jump. Paris will now try and improve upon those marks with a crew of returning athletes that features Moore, Francis, Marriko Williams, Grace Peak, Carmyn Holmes and Mitchell.