Sophomore high jumper/sprinter Seth Tower practices the start of a sprint at Central Kitsap High School on March 9. (Jacob Moore/Kitsap News Group)

Sophomore high jumper/sprinter Seth Tower practices the start of a sprint at Central Kitsap High School on March 9. (Jacob Moore/Kitsap News Group)

Central Kitsap track | Spring Sports Preview

Head coach: Mark Schultz

Top returning players: Zion Archer, senior; Alex Refilong, junior; Zach Green, junior; Molly Fischer, senior; Sophia Kohler, junior, Olivia Krog, senior; A’naiyah Davis, sophomore.

Key newcomers: Maya Nichols, freshman.

Outlook: Central Kitsap might have a new leader in head coach Mark Schultz, but the team sent 14 athletes to state last season and Schultz said he thinks the team will again be represented well in the state tournament this year. The Cougars also welcomed a huge group of freshmen this year, including Nichols, who placed ninth in the state in cross country, meaning they have plenty of young talent. “I am very impressed with the quality of depth in this season’s freshmen class,” he said.

Schedule: March 16, 3:30 p.m., at Gig Harbor | March 23, 3:30 p.m., at Gig Harbor | March 30, 3:30 p.m., Yelm | April 10, 3:30 p.m., North Thurston | April 14, at Franklin Pierce | April 20, 3:30 p.m., at Capital | April 21, 11 a.m., at North Kitsap | April 26, 3:30 p.m., at Peninsula | April 28, 3:30 p.m., at Shelton | May 4, 3:30 p.m., South Kitsap | May 10, 3:30 p.m., at Shelton | May 12, 3:30 p.m., at Shelton.

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