Bentonville West Boys 2017 Season Preview

COACH Dave Anderson

LAST YEAR’S RECORD This is the Wolverines’ inaugural season.

KEY ATHLETES James Milholen (Jr.), Stefan Banda (Jr.)

TOP NEWCOMERS Jadon Jackson (Soph.), Murray Burns (Jr.)

THE SKINNY Anderson admits things might be interesting at the start of the new track season. The team members weren’t selected until December, and practices weren’t held until January. In the meantime, Anderson was his team will do a lot of experimenting during the March meets in hopes that they will be able to make some noise during the latter part of the season.
Milholen, who finished sixth in the 400 meters during the Class 7A state meet last year at Bentonville, is West’s most experienced athlete. Anderson said he will experiment with Milholen in the 800 and the 300 hurdles during early meets.
Jackson has already shown his capabilities in the Y-Timing Invitational when he won the 100 and finished second in the 200. Banda, meanwhile, provided potential in the triple jump when he finished second in the state indoor meet, and he has improved in the long jump.
The lack of depth in the sprinters may cause West to move up some freshmen in order to fill relay teams, and the Wolverines don’t have anybody in the distance events who has scored a point in a varsity track meet. They also don’t have a pole vaulter, and they are starting with brand new throwers.

KEY DATES March 10 — first full meet with the Whitey Smith Relays in Rogers; April 6 — Joe Roberts Relays in Springdale, the first meet scheduled after spring break. April 27 — 7A-West Conference meet in Fayetteville.

Henry Apple

Henry Apple

Henry Apple is a veteran sports reporter for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. His primary beat is Bentonville, as well as Gravette and topics that include state schools and the Arkansas Activities Association. During the spring, he handles high school track in Northwest Arkansas. He is a lifelong Arkansas resident.
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