The track Wampus Cats look a little different this spring.
Conway graduated many of its top point earners last spring, including the state’s strongest class of distance runners. Markus Pearson, who is one of the University of Arkansas-Little Rock top performers in long distance races, will be missed this season. Matt Woods was the Cats’ second high man last year and now he’s a member of the University of Central Arkansas’ track squad.
"We’re not as deep as we have been in the past," Conway coach Johnny Kennedy said. "Our front line people is as good as it gets, but we just don’t have any depth after that. We need to have some guys to follow up and place second and third for us to be able to win some meets."
The Cats have had two meets so far this year at Searcy and Bryant, and their next meet is this coming Friday in Russellville for the Cyclone Relays.
"We’re still playing around with our relay teams," Kennedy said. "We need some guys to get out and run the 100, so we’re going to get out and recruit in offseason football."
The Cats’ bread-and-butter this season appears to be their field events. Conway returns Evan Alspaugh in the discus throw. He is the defending 7A state meet. According to Kennedy, Jazz Allen, Jamarkus Harmon and Hunter Moix are expected to be major contributors. Allen is the team’s top hurdler, long jump and triple jump performer. Harmon is also considered at the top in the triple and long jumps. Moix moved to the No. 1 on the pole vault event.
"We hope that we can peak around the conference or state meets," Kennedy said. "I think that we can give the 7A Central a run for their money."