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CHS track and field ready to return

Posted on Friday, March 19, 2021 at 6:56 am

The 2021 CHS track team after a spring practice.


Track season is here and 68 Centralia High School students are vying every weekday afternoon for varsity roles on the CHS track team.

They are led by CHS Head Track and Field Coach Ben Sontheimer, starting his first season as head coach.

That missing season, he said, is one reason why the team’s numbers are down a bit.

“Some kids just chose not to come out after not being able to compete last year,” he said. “Also, having the extra-long basketball and wrestling seasons makes a difference. We may have a few more come out later this week.”

More on that in a bit.

Sontheimer discussed the varsity athletes who have returned to the team and where some may fit when they exit the bus for their first meet, Thursday, March 25, for the Monroe City Quad, against Monroe City, Canton and Montgomery County

On the girls’ side, and this is not an all-inclusive list, he has:

  • Distance runners Skylar Angell, Lilly Stidham and Kaylee Walters
  • Sprinters Maelea Parrish and Carter Hawkins, who is also a two-time state medalist in the pole vault
  • Throwers Baylee Beard and Sayler Eastin.

He said Claire Bennett is also in that mix, possibly in the hurdles and the javelin.

On the boys’ side, Sontheimer expects good things out of returning multi-sport athlete Liam Hill. “He can do a lot of good things for us in the high-jump, the hurdles and the javelin.”

Other returnees include:

  • In the sprints, college signee Seth Beard, along with Nathan Green and Max Hunter and Khader Saleh in the hurdles.

For the complete article, see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.