With another county championship under their belt, along with a strong fourth-place finish in Region 5AAAAA, Glasper’s Wolverines continued to move forward towards their goal of becoming one of the top programs in the state.
For maintaining Woodstock’s position as the top team in the county, Glasper is the 2012 Cherokee Tribune Boys Track and Field Coach of the Year.
“We’re building a pretty good track program,” Glasper said. “We keep growing every year, and we’re getting better and better.”
Woodstock won its third county title in four years in dominating fashion, scoring 173 points to finish far ahead of runner-up Cherokee (106).
The Wolverines won seven of the 16 events, thanks to the victorious efforts of J.C. Cornett (1,600-meter run), Josh Stockton (3,200 run), David Brown (discus), Mike Owenby (pole vault), Jonathan Wiener (long jump), Kylon Drones (triple jump) and Kyle Beard (800 run).
In three of those events, Woodstock also had the runner-up — Stockton in the 1,600, Ignat Deineka in the long jump Wiener in the discus.
“Winning county is one of our top goals,” Glasper said. “Both the boys and girls won the county championships — (201 points) for the girls and (173) for the boys. All of our boys stepped up and did a great job.”
At the Region 5AAAAA meet, Woodstock barely missed the 100-point mark, instead settling for 98 points to place fourth behind Marietta (142), Wheeler (133.50) and Walton (125).
The Wolverines were led by a 1-2 finish by Brown and Wiener in the discus, along with runner-up finishes from Stockton in the 3,200, Drones in the 110 hurdles and Owenby in the pole vault.
Woodstock was able to qualify a number of athletes for the state meet, where Wiener led the way with a sixth-place finish in the discus.
“We were able to qualify some of our guys for state,” Glasper said. “Jon Wiener finished sixth in the discus and did a great job, and we had J.C. qualify in the 1,600, and Josh Stockton in the 1,600 and 3,200, as well as Kylon Drones in the 300 hurdles. We want to qualify guys for state every year, and we want to do well on the state level.”
While Woodstock will lose top throwers Brown and Wiener, as well as distance runner Stockton, Glasper said the Wolverines will return most of its other top athletes. They will also bring in a crop of promising newcomers to keep them in the mix on both the county and region levels.
“J.C. went to state in two events — the 1,600 and 3,200 — and we have him coming back,” Glasper said. “Drones is coming back in the hurdles and triple jump. We’re going to hurt a little bit from losing Brown and Wiener, but we’re looking pretty good in the other events. Our three goals every year are to win county, ultimately win region and do very well on the state level, and that’s what we’re going for next year.”