First-year Tartan track and field coach looking forward to success with returnees

The Tartan returnees to the boys track and field squads will be greeted by an unfamiliar face: new Titans head coach Karl Ermisch.

Ermisch is returning to coaching following a long hiatus as a U.S. Postal employee. He’s anxious for the weather to break to start working with the students.

Ermisch will be assisted by a contingent of returning assistant coaches. Those assistant coaches, along with their expertise, are: Matt Duffee, distance; Don Schuette, throws and hurdles; Andy Ronayne, pole vault; Chris Black, assistant sprint coach; and Len Jones, jumpers.

Coach Ermisch says the Titans’ spring looks sunny, thanks to returning talent.

Three of four members of the 4x200 All-Conference relay squad will be returning, Ermisch pointed out: seniors Waheed Momoh, Amani Winfield and junior Buddy Prell.

“Joshua Hemelgarn (a senior), an All-Conference candidate from last year, will be strong for us in the pole vault,” Ermisch added. “Also we have several candidates we expect will do well like Eli McGeehan (another senior) in the sprints (and) Sam Nofziger (a sophomore) at the 3200-meter. We also have large numbers of freshmen on the team that we expect will step up and fill those spots left empty due to graduations.”

If there might be a weakness for the Titans, coach Ermisch said, it’ll be in hurdles. “We will be lacking in candidates in the hurdle events. We will be in particular need of finding runners in the 110-meter hurdle run.”

Captains for the 2014 Tartan team are a quartet of seniors including sprinters Momoh, Winfield and McGeehan, along with distance runner and pole vaulter Hemelgarn.

The 2014 Tartan Boys Track and Field Schedule:

• April 8, 4 p.m., at home vs. Sibley and North
• April 15, 3:45 p.m., vs. Park and Hastings at Park
• April 17, 3:30 p.m., vs. Andover, White Bear Lake and Buffalo at White Bear Lake
• April 22, 4 p.m., the CSC (All Schools) relays at Mahtomedi
• April 29, 4 p.m., Richfield and Hill-Murray at Richfield
• May 13, 4 p.m., South St. Paul and Mahtomedi at Tartan
• May 20, 4 p.m., CSC Championship Prelims (All Schools) at Mahtomedi (Rain date May 21)
• May 22, 5 p.m., CSC Championships (All Schools) at Mahtomedi (Rain date May 23).

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