TRACK PREVIEW: Malden looks to build around five returning state qualifiers
The Malden Green Wave high school track roster is loaded with underclassmen entering the 2019 season.
Four seniors, seven juniors, 16 sophomores, and 11 freshmen are out for track at Malden.
Despite the youth, the Green Wave have the luxury of returning five state qualifiers on the girls side.
Junior Onerica Reed, junior Arionne Ross, junior Shamya Dobbins, sophomore Trinity Miller, and senior MaKenzie Minniefield all competed at the state track meet last season. Minefield qualified for state in shot put, Reed qualified for state in the 100-meter dash and Ross qualified for state in the 100 and 300-meter hurdles. Dobbins and Miller also competed in relays at state last season.
“We are a pretty young team,” Malden coach James DeBerry said. “Our boys are definitely going through a rebuilding cycle right now in all sports. Our girls, however, look strong again this season.”
Boys DeBerry feels could make noise this season for the Green Wave are throwers Tucker Coleman, Marcellus Fleming, and Lonnie Hamilton along with runner Dominique Townsend.
Malden competed in its first competitive action Mar. 17 at the Malden Open. The Malden girls placed first at the event and the Malden boys took third.
“I feel like our girls team performed pretty well and our boys did decently,” DeBerry said.
The Green Wave are slated to compete in the SEMO East Conference with Charleston, East Prairie, Kelly, and Woodland Apr. 27 at Note Dame High School. In the past, a separate meet has been held for small schools at Chaffee. This season the large schools and small schools of all four conferences will compete at the same location, however.
“It’s going to be a big, all-day meet,” DeBerry said. “We will be running with teams like Cape and Jackson at the conference meet even though they are not in our conference. It should help push the runners of the small schools to run faster.”
Malden will compete in Class 2, District 1 at Cape Central with Alton, Caruthersville, Chaffee, Charleston, Greenville, Hayti, Kelly, Scott City, St. Vincent, Valle Catholic, and Woodland at the end of the season.
“Hayti will definitely be our competition on the boys side in the district,” DeBerry said. “Anybody is going to have a tough time with Hayti in any sport. They have a very talented group that is very well-coached. I also think the Kelly boys will be a team to contend with in our district.
“On the girls side, I think Caruthersville will be one of our toughest opponents,” DeBerry continued. “They gave us a run for our money in several of our events last year and sent several girls to state.”
Malden Track Schedule
|3/28||East Prairie Invitational|
|4/18||New Madrid Invitational|
|4/27||SEMO Conference Meet|
|5/4||District at Cape Central|