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Jordan Motivated for Linsly Boys’ Track

March 23, 2012
By RICK THORP , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING - Ricky Jordan will bolster a Linsly boys' track and field squad that possesses plenty of weapons.

Jordan, a back-to-back OVAC 100-meter champion, has plenty of goals this season, according to his coach, James Cowart.

''He ran track this summer and this winter,'' Cowart said. ''Ricky has told me multiple times his goal is to beat Eddie Drummond's school record of 10.3 in the 100.''

Chris Stephens, who raced to a runner-up finish in the 400 in the OVAC, returns as do Mark Dodd (shot) and Akil Blount (high jump).

''I have a group of seniors who have enjoyed success throughout the year and they want to continue that this track season,'' Cowart said.

''They understand when you have success like we did last season it puts the target squarely on your back. They know they're going to have to bring it every meet.''

Luke Miller, Stan Borrell and Mike Hammond are among those who will be counted on to handle long distance events.

Newcomers this spring include Chinello Oparazozie, Jibri Blount, Anthony Wallace and Jamal Ebanks. Oparanozie experienced plenty of football success, while Blount and Wallace were standouts in basketball, and Ebanks in soccer.

Cowart sees Oparanozie as a strong sprinter, with Ebanks aiding in the middle distance events.

''We will have to fill the leadership void left with the graduation of Tyler Davis and Kyle Pytlak,'' Cowart said. ''Tyler and Kyle were team-first guys who were willing to do whatever it took to win.

''If we can find that kind of leadership on this team, we should have another successful season.''

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