Cashmere’s Jozie Kimes has not won any gold medals and isn’t necessarily a household name.
But the Bulldogs’ junior was a very busy girl at last year’s state Class 1A track meet, and that probably isn’t going to change over the next couple of years. Kimes was eighth in two events — the triple jump and 300 hurdles — to go with a fifth-place finish in the high jump. She also ran a leg of the Bulldogs’ fourth-place 4x400 relay team.
The middle-distance runner, hurdler and jumper is a key contributor for the Bulldogs, one of a number of good athletes that will make the Bulldogs a strong team again this season.
And it’s that versatility that makes Kimes one of The World’s track athletes to watch this spring. Here’s a brief look at two dozen other notable runners, jumpers and throwers to keep an eye on:
Audrey Ketcham, jr., Wenatchee
Defending Class 4A high jump champion will add long jumping to her repertoire this spring.
Tegan Chapman, jr., Wenatchee
Returning district 400-meter champion looks to build on breakout sophomore season.
Ashley Sharp, sr., Wenatchee
Top returning 100-meter sprinter in region. Ran opening leg on Panthers’ 4x100 and 4x200 relays that went to state meet in 2010.
Rebecca Tarbert, fr., Eastmont
Burst onto the scene by winning the 100, 200, and long jump in her first career meet Thursday. Much like Brandt-Sims at Wenatchee, coach Gary Millard said Eastmont had been looking forward to her arrival to the track program for some time.
Taylor Reynolds, sr., Eastmont
Finished fifth in the triple jump at 4A state last May, but is taking things slow after both foot and leg injuries cut her soccer season short in the fall. Will also see time in sprints and relays.
Kendahl Hintz, sr., Ephrata
Returning district pole vault champion and placed fifth at state in the event. Will also top jumper for Tigers.
Jazmine Perez, sr., Quincy
Will lead the rebuilt Jacks in 2011 campaign. Ran in 200, 400 and two relays at state last season.
Marinda Talley, jr., Quincy
One of top returning 800 meter runners in CWAC.
Sarah Waszkewitz, sr., Chelan
Another strong CTL thrower, Waszkewitz was third at state in the javelin a year ago.
Amanda Youngers, sr., Brewster
Youngers won a state championship last season, but won’t be able to defend it after Brewster dropped from Class 1A to 2B. She should, however, be one of the favorites in the event in the new classification.
Callie Barker, soph., Oroville
Placed seventh at 2B state last season in the pole vault with a vault of eight feet.
Isaiah Brandt-Sims, fr., Wenatchee
Should ease the pain of losing Jacob and Lucas Sealby pretty quickly. Ran a 6.96 60-yard dash at WSU Open this winter, placing second in a college field. Wenatchee coach Bob Bullis is “tickled” about coaching this Hershey track legend for four seasons. Is technically sound, and is a rare kid who considers track his favorite sport. Will run 100, 200 and 4x100 relay.
Cooper Helm, sr., Wenatchee
Lone remaining piece from state champion 4x400 relay in 2009. Will be a top 400 individual in Big Nine this season.
Nicholas Boersma, jr., Wenatchee
Top-ranked returning 800 runner in region, and is coming off a sterling cross country season.
Jacob Smith, jr., Wenatchee
Will run mile and two-mile, but should be a state championship contender in the latter after a whirlwind offseason that included appearances at UW and WSU Opens.
Trenton Osborn, so., Eastmont
Opened season Thursday by winning the long jump and posting strong finishes in the 200 and 4x100 relay in a four-team meet.
Brandon Hancock, sr., Eastmont
Has recovered well from a football season-ending leg injury, and won the 200 on Friday. Will be a relied-upon sprinter all season for the Wildcats.
Micah Ohl, jr., Ephrata
Part of 4x100 relay team that finished fifth at Class 2A state tournament. Will be Tigers top sprinter in 2011.
Luke Grigg, sr., Quincy
Placed third in pole vault at Class 2A state tournament and is a favorite to take it all in 2011. Also ran in both hurdle events at state.
Joey Michael, jr., Cashmere
Took fourth in the 300 hurdles at last year’s state meet, and was also the lone underclassman on the Bulldogs’ state champion 4x400 relay team.
Joseph LaGrou, jr., Omak
Pioneers standout was a sixth-place finisher at state in the long jump a year ago, and also qualified for state in the triple jump.
Kyle Cramer, sr., Liberty Bell
Long jumper was seventh at 2B state with a leap of 20 feet, 4 1/4 inches.
Thomas Sanford, sr., Entiat
Was 10th in the high jump at 2B state with a jump of five feet, 10 inches.
Geo Campos, jr., Bridgeport
Was the only sophomore in the shot put state finals, finishing 10th with a toss of just over 44 feet.