Corbin Talley is not exactly a novice when it comes to coaching track at Davis. Talley has spent four years coaching the girls team with great success, with the Darts earning three straight 5A team titles under his watch.
Still, he can't help feel nervous coming into his fifth year with the program. It is his first time heading up the Darts track team rather than assisting longtime Davis coach Roger Buhrley.
Talley took over after Buhrley departed to start up the track program at Syracuse.
"It will be different for us," Talley said. "A different type of year. Coach Buhrley had been here for such a long time that we have some transitions to make. So far we're really missing his expertise and his knowledge."
Such transitions should be made easier with the sheer volume of talent at Talley's disposal.
On the boys side, Davis looks like an automatic favorite in its quest to repeat as 5A champions.
The Darts' biggest area of strength is in the throwing events. Bryce Hall is the defending state champion in both the discus and shot put and nationally ranked in the latter event. He will be going for his third individual crown in discus and his second in shot put this spring.
Behind Hall is another promising thrower in Tony Hill. Hill took fifth at state in the shot put and has improved enough in the offseason to push Hall.
Hall is seeking to improve in his own way by building on a record setting season. He set both a school record and personal record as a junior, throwing the shot 62 feet 11 inches.
Conquering the state record is next on his agenda.
"I definitely can see myself getting it," Hall said. "I take it meet by meet and day by day. I set a goal of what I want to accomplish in practice and I set a goal for each meet of what I want to do. I'm not looking to hit everything at once."
Shaun Webb should pile up points for Davis on the hurdles. Webb, a senior, finished second in the 110 hurdles and fifth in the 300 hurdles a year ago.
Ryan Avery looks to move up in the sprints after reaching 100 meter finals as a sophomore. Joining him in the short-distance races is German exchange student Maik Wehmeyer, who will compete in the 100 and 200.
"We're really well rounded," Talley said. "We've got good balance. We've got some of the best throwers in the state in Bryce and Tony. We've also got some great speed this year which we haven't enjoyed in the past."
The strongest area for the girls team may be in its group of distance runners. Candace Eddy has virtually owned the 1600 and 3200 meters over the last two years, claiming state titles from both events in consecutive seasons.
Eddy will be a high scorer for the Darts by also competing in the 800 and some long distance relays. But her strongest event remains the 1600, where she is also nationally ranked
"The mile seems more programmed to me," Eddy said. "I know exactly how to run it."
Eddy's best source of competition for a double three-peat may come from a Davis teammate. Natalie Haws edged her for the 5A girls cross country title last October and looks equally strong in the 3200.Brooke Jensen should add valuable points as a hurdler after placing third in the 100 hurdles, as a sophomore, last spring.
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