Lincoln County High has a new track coach this year, Laci Pearson, who says, “the kids are great, we’re going to have a great team this year. They have great attitudes and I can tell they’re going to be hard workers by what I’ve seen so far.”

Pearson, who was also the cross-country coach in the fall, has 40 kids out for track at Lincoln. “A lot of freshmen and sophomores, she said, of which about two-thirds are sprinters, jumpers and throwers, and the other third are distance kids.”

Lincoln had two Division III state champions last year, Devyn Smith in the 300-meter high hurdles and Marisa Ann Phillips in the girls discus. Both are graduated.

This year, Pearson says senior Cameron Frehner is the main distance runner for the Lynx, and said he plans to focus mostly on the 800 and 1600 meter events. He had a best time last year of 4:54.25 in the 1600 and 2:15.9 in the 800, and was fifth in the state championship 3200-meter race.

Sophomore 100 meter and 200-meter sprinter Bridon Lewis is expected to perform well. She was also fourth in the state long jump in 2013.

In addition, Pearson is looking for senior middle and long distance runner Craig Roundy to have a good season. He was also a member of the men’s 4×400 and 4×800 relay teams.

Both Lincoln and Pahranagat Valley have no home meets on their schedules and open the season this Friday at the 11-team Bulldog Early Bird Invitational in Mesquite.

PVHS coach Lark Harrington says she has a small squad of team members, maybe 14 or so, and quite young with only two seniors and one junior. Pahranagat is building a new track next to the elementary school, but it is not ready for use.