SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta High School winter track team is starting a new season in a challenging year with a new coach. Sierra Mitchell is stepping in for Rich Heckman for the winter season. The coach hopes to return in the spring, depending on the status of the pandemic, he said.
Mitchell is familiar with the Spartan program having been the assistant coach.
“We are excited to start the season with double the number of athletes coming out this year,” Mitchell said. “We are eager to start running together in person.”
The team has a core of familiar faces as well as key newcomers.
For the girls senior Julia Wilson is back as a sprinter.
The boys will have junior Jack Maraziti at distance. Hunter Peterson, a sophomore, is back as a thrower. Seniors Justin Grau and Christopher Pierson round out the veterans on the team. Grau is a sprinter. Pierson is a distance runner.
Freshmen Remson Jarrell and Edward Quint Flannery join the boys team as distance runners.
Freshman Abigail Pierson is also coming on as a distance runner.
“We hope that there are opportunities for competitions and that we can experienced some Polar Bear meets,” Mitchell said.