PHILADELPHIA — Indian River athlete Derek Joseph is very open about describing his 2018 boys and track field campaign.
Joseph reached the state outdoor track meet in 2017 in the pole vault and was all set for a return trip last year. However, a mid-season hamstring injury derailed that opportunity. Now a senior, Joseph was candid about how hard that missed opportunity hit him.
“It was very traumatic for me,” said Joseph, who’s personal-best vault is 13 feet, six inches. “It felt like a big downfall in my life and it was really stressful.”
Joseph struggled dealing with the injury, but found a way to clear his head by running. That gave him an opportunity to reflect, he said.
“I worked really hard in the summer running in the mountains,” Joseph said. “It lets me think about what I need to work on.”
The hamstring injury affected Joseph both of his signature events, the pole vault and the 110-meter hurdles. Indian River coach Jade Montressor said the muscle is critical for getting good height in both disciplines.
“It’s a lot of stress when you’re trying to get up for your take off in the pole or the hurdles,” Montressor said. “He’s putting a lot of pressure on that hamstring.”
The wet and cold weather has prevented Montressor from getting a good read on the shape of Joseph’s hamstring, but said that Joseph is doing well in the recovery process.
“It would be a lot easier to tell if the weather were nicer,” Montressor said. “He seems to be all right and he’s been seeing our athletic trainer.”
Joseph is also trying to be careful when it comes to his training. He doesn’t want to reinjure his hamstring and is listening to his body.
“I’m taking baby steps just trying to land safely and ease into it,” Joseph said.
Despite the injury last season, he was a key piece for the Warriors and he won the pole vault and the 110-meter hurdles at last year’s Frontier League meet. He’s also still hoping to end his high school track and field career with a return to the state meet, which is in Middletown this year.
“I’m planning to make sure my body is in full charge and ready to go so I can get back to states,” Joseph said.
Joseph may focus on the pole vault and hurdles, but he’s willing to do anything from throwing events like shot put and discus to the long jump. That type of versatility will help Indian River compete against league favorites like Carthage and Beaver River.
“Derek can do almost any event and do it well,” Montressor said. “I can tell him to get a second or a third in an event and he can just do it even without practicing it.”
Joseph came from Texas for his sophomore season and has been big boost to the Warrior program. He said he feels right at home at Indian River and can be a leader despite not being from the area.
“I’ve grown up a lot here at this school and with a lot of people at this school,” Joseph said. “I’m that leader at the school that shows it doesn’t matter where you come from and you can make any place your home.”
Indian River is scheduled to start the season by hosting Beaver River and Watertown at 5 p.m. today.
Outlook: Carthage took the division title and narrowly missed out on a league title last season. The Comets are off to a great start after winning a four-way meet Monday. Andrew Bath, Thomas Albirght and Fombo Azah were standouts of that meet. Indian River is pretty young across the board, but is led by Derek Joseph, who excels in the pole vault, hurdles and long jump. Watertown has strong sprinters. South Jefferson is hoping the benefits of their indoor track program translate to outdoors. Owen Vincent is a good distance runner for the Spartans.
Coach: Brian Zevotek (16th year)
2018 record: 6-0
Roster: Morgan Archer (Sr.), Jalen Johnson (Sr.), Damion Mills (Sr.), Michael Rouleau (Sr.), Luke Smith (Sr.), Jason Uhlinger (Sr.), Thomas Albright (Jr.), Neal Anderson (Jr.), Wes Anderson (Jr.), Fombo Azah (Jr.), Andrew Bath (Jr.), Cody Bone (Jr.), Michael Bowman (Jr.), Dylan Collins (Jr.), Darin Creasman (Jr.), Angel Currier-Ward (Jr.), Christian Gutierrez (Jr.), Chris Lane (Jr.), Keelan Murphy (Jr.), Collin Null (Jr.), Gaige Orton (Jr.), Tanner Richards (Jr.), Isaiah Stanley (Jr.), Christopher Fuller (So.), Carlos Hodge (So.), Anthony Johnson (So.), Jalen Jones (So.), Jacob Lavengood (So.), Paul Mestre (So.), Bryant O’Meara (So.), Harrison Scott (So.), Jacob Sears (So.), Cale Baker (Fr.), Kyle Bone (Fr.), Casey Downey (Fr.), Iain Gieseman (Fr.), Caleb Gresham (Fr.), Wayland Horton (Fr.), Gavin Lajoie (Fr.), Jacob Lewis (Fr.), Brendan McKenna (Fr.), Michael Okooti (Fr.), Aaron Parker (Fr.).
Indian River Warriors
Coach: Jade Montressor (4th year)
2018 record: 4-2
Roster: Jonah Doner (Sr.), Derek Joseph (Sr.), Nathan Mills (Sr.), Jason Paddock (Sr.), Markell Scott (Sr.), Ethan Bonk (Jr.), Zayin Fredrickson (Jr.), Andrew Johnston (Jr.), Gregory Robinson (Jr.), Nathan Wilkens (Jr.), Amonte Berroa-Prensa (So.), Sawyer Bruce (So.), Ronaldo Clarke (So.), Hunter Doxater (So.), Edward Gallant III (So.), Michael Garcia III (So.), Michael Gautier (So.), Jackson Henning (So.), Ethan Jones (So.), TaeJean Lacroix (So.), Britton Miller (So.), Joshua Montya Jr. (So.), Michael Oduro Jr. (So.), Cartez Patterson (So.), Indigo Pfeffer (So.), Jaheim Plunkett (So.), Jalien Robinson (So.), Nathaniel Shears (So.), Johnny White (So.), Troy Allen (Fr.), Antravon Bell (Fr.), Chase Culbertson-Ashley (Fr.), Skye Davis (Fr.), William Delin (Fr.), Matthew Gleason (Fr.), Robert Hess (Fr.), Wyatt Marcellus (Fr.), Gabriel Massaniai (Fr.), Seth McMahon (Fr.), Dominik Melton (Fr.), KamKam Mensah (Fr.), Nicholas Rorick (Fr.), Marlon Saltzman (Fr.), Pedro Santos Jr. (Fr.), Christopher Sloan (Fr.), Jamon Turner (Fr.).
South Jefferson Spartans
Coach: Paul Gaede (3rd year)
2018 record: 3-3
Roster: No roster information available.
Coach: Brandon Marston (3rd year)
2018 record: 1-5
Roster: David Estrada (Sr.), Ethan Fiorentino (Sr.), David Hanley (Sr.), Jacob Hanley (Sr.), Evan Hirschey (Sr.), Tristan Luster (Sr.), Jaeden Mayzer (Sr.), Richard Neddo (Sr.), Joshua Rainbolt (Sr.), Ryan Sprague (Sr.), Adam Wright (Sr.), Zachery Yauchler (Sr.), Cody Benham (Jr.), David Clarkson (Jr.), Gabriel Connell (Jr.), Justice Countryman (Jr.), Hervenson Lorjuste (Jr.), Brennan Lynch (Jr.), Levin Parody (Jr.), Jaiden Rabatin (Jr.), Tijuan Rock (Jr.), Simon Stratton (Jr.), Rashaun Brown (So.), Gary Clarkson (So.), Jude Converse (So.), Janssen Delos-Santos (So.), Hayden Hibbard (So.), Roddrick Johnson (So.), Ashton Matthews (So.), Shayne Middleton (So.), Ian Montadon (So.), Nathaniel Pacheco (So.), Xavier Rabatin (So.), Jaecere Roney (So.), Nolan Smithers (So.), Matthew Cole (Fr.), Joel Davis (Fr.), Deante Hall (Fr.), Seth Johnson (Fr.), Donovan Millan (Fr.), Angel Morales (Fr.), Angel Rodriguez (Fr.), Daemareon Warren (Fr.), Zachary Kilburn (8th).
Outlook: Beaver River swept the division and the league titles last season thanks to their solid distance runners. Josiah Evan is key, joining strong runners in Colton Kempney and Cory Demo. Longtime assistant Jason Gibson takes over the boys program at South Lewis. Matthew Skroupa and Alex Hirschey will be important for the Falcons. Sandy Creek faces a small roster, but expects Marshall Coe to be sold in the 400 and 800 meters.
Beaver River Beavers
Coach: Danielle Grunert (2nd year)
2018 record: 5-1
Roster: Zack Brown (Sr.), Josiah Evan (Sr.), Dawson Gerdon (Sr.), Patrick Golden (Sr.), Josh Greenwood (Sr.), Kyle Kovach (Sr.), Colin Lagree (Sr.), William Lu (Sr.), Thomas Meyer (Sr.), Trent Meyer (Sr.), Aiden Millward (Sr.), Cody Monnat (Sr.), Cory Woodward (Sr.), Harper Barrett (Jr.), Collin Edick (Jr.), Nathanial Erker (Jr.), Nicholas Erker (Jr.), Tanner Kovach (Jr.), Jason Schneider (Jr.), Seth Brandt (So.), Troy Brown (So.), Cory Demo (So.), Connor Dickinson (So.), Connor Edick (So.), Conrad Freed (So.), Nathan Goldthrite (So.), Garrett Johnson (So.), Hunter Moore (So.), Weston Schmitt (So.), Nevin Barker (Fr.), Kaden Burris (Fr.), Brayden Campeau (Fr.), Derek Cheney (Fr.), Matthew Evan (Fr.), Colton Kempney (Fr.), Jacob Steiner (Fr.).
Sandy Creek Comets
Coach: Jeff Klopotoski (12th year)
2018 record: 0-6
Roster: Kolby Banach (Sr.), Joe Mettot (Sr.), David Worden (Sr.), Brad Youker (Sr.), Dylan Hall (Jr.), Adam Hilton (Jr.), Taylib Kimball (Jr.), Marshall Coe (So.), Terry Eggleston (So.), Ryan Robins (So.), Nate Alford (Fr.), Luke Yerdon (Fr.).
South Lewis Falcons
Coach: Jason Gibson (1st year)
2018 record: 2-4
Roster: Skyler Biro (Sr.), Eli Durgan (Sr.), Noah Flint (Sr.), Pavel Jovanovic (Sr.), Cody Greene (Jr.), Phillip McCausland (Jr.) Devin McRae (Jr.), Alex Mooney (Jr.), Mason Moore (Jr.), Matthew Skroupa (Jr.), Nathan Wright (Jr.), Alex Hirschey (So.), Roger McGrady (Fr.), Elijah Moultrie (Fr.), Keaton Nagy (Fr.), Noah Edick (8th), Collin Stafford (7th).
Outlook: South Jefferson looks to win the division and league meet titles. Marly Jacobs went to states last season in pole vault and reached states this past indoor season. Carthage boasts a big roster with many first-year athletes, but experience with Jessica Monaghan, Madison Myer, Makenna Porter, and Shantel Woodward. The Comets should be strong in the middle distances. Watertown is defending divisional champ, but will have to replace Haleigh Foster in the sprints, but have Bayleigh Woodard, Xandria Smith and Hailee Smith as capable replacements. Tiffany Russell is good at the field events for the Cyclones. Indian River also has a large but young roster. Karlee Call will be good at the throwing events and talented gymnast Hunter Czajkowski is one to watch at pole vault.
Coach: Jim Goodenberry (12th year)
2018 record: 3-4
Roster: Tiffany Doyle (Sr.), Beatriz Encinas (Sr.), Jessica Monaghan (Sr.), Madison Myer (Sr.), Makenna Porter (Sr.), Maria Ronconi (Sr.), Olena Shostaska (Sr.), Autumn Whitley (Sr.), Haeley Austin (Jr.), Caroline Culbreth (Jr.), Liya Mace (Jr.), Emily Mueller (Jr.), Haley Ramage (Jr.), Sauoya Roberts (Jr.), Alyssa Santana (Jr.), Patricia Vanlue (Jr.), Emma Zehr (Jr.), Brooke Baxter (So.), Elizabeth Ervin (So.), Heaven Footman-Bell (So.), Lindsay Cox (So.), Nadia Garca-Maritnez (So.), Jacquelynn Grinnell (So.), Ericka James (So.), Zalaika Juarez (So.), Moira Kelley (So.), Veronica Mejia (So.), Katelynn Miller (So.), Lorissa Miller (So.), Shannon Thompson (So.), Chassady Turck (So.), Zoey Anderson (Fr.), Amiah Clevenger (Fr.), Destiny Hanks (Fr.), Katie Huff (Fr.), Mia Jellison (Fr.), Trinity Lawrence (Fr.), Maria Macallister (Fr.), Samantha Massey (Fr.), Britney Sevenish (Fr.), Gianna Severson (Fr.), Tyanna Sosa (Fr.), Rebecca Steiner (Fr.), Shannon Thornton (Fr.), Rosalyn Towler (Fr.), Makyala Williams (Fr.).
Indian River Warriors
Coach: Bob Kuba (5th year)
2018 record: 1-6
Roster: Hannah Bajakian (Sr.), Katie Berry (Sr.), Francine Bonus (Sr.), Karlee Call (Sr.), Alannah Cook (Sr.), Hunter Czajkowski (Sr.), Sabiana Edouard (Sr.), Erika Elcsisin (Sr.), Amber Johnson (Sr.), Leilane McGee (Sr.), Serenity Mills (Sr.), Sarah Rose (Sr.), Katelyn Russell (Sr.), Shania Spicer (Sr.), Ashley Torres (Sr.), Jaynne Alcock (Jr.), Alexis Gallant (Jr.), Madison Gibbs (Jr.), Nei;lea Harmyer (Jr.), Daniela Martinez (Jr.), Jillian Neaves (Jr.), Gianny Ramos-Maya (Jr.), Jasmine Summers (Jr.), Calette Vazquez (Jr.), Christine Weaver (Jr.), Molly Welch (Jr.), Shun Lei Win (Jr.), Amauni Campbell (So.), Cassidy Cook (So.), Khelsey Curry (So.), Rylee Cuthbertson (So.), Tayvia Dority (So.), Jaci Fleming (So.), Victoria Frias (So.), Gwyneth Henry (So.), Kaylee Knox (So.), Lilly Koehler (So.), Melodie Moen (So.), Sierra Mok (So.), Ebony Ngo (So.), Ja’Liyah Poux (So.), Nyla Robinson (So.), Payton Smith (So.), A’lahya Davis (Fr.), Madison Davis (Fr.), Raven Gonzales (Fr.), Jayla Johnson (Fr.), Taleisha Lacroix (Fr.), Madison McCranie (Fr.), Llyssa McEathron (Fr.), MaKenna Nungester (Fr.), Tiffany Plunkett (Fr.), Ashley Pyrda (Fr.), Haylee Seiwell (Fr.), JayLynn Stark (Fr.), Alexandria Stewart (Fr.), Ahunna James (8th).
South Jefferson Spartans
Coach: Justin Crossway (4th year)
2018 record: 4-3
Roster: Vanessa Barron (Sr.), Lillian Bresse (Sr.), Shaunte Gregoire (Sr.), Alycia Haynes (Sr.), Marlena Jacobs (Sr.), Olivia LaVere (Sr.), Clara Marlowe (Sr.), Hannah Neukirch (Sr.), Madison Neukirch (Sr.), Arianna Robertson (Sr.), Kelsey Sackett (Sr.), Jayden Allison (Jr.), Jasmine Blum (Jr.), Skyah Buker (Jr.), Morgan Burt (Jr.), Marlo Cook (Jr.), ShyAnn Fuller (Jr.), Kaylee Haynes (Jr.), Julie Jacobs (Jr.), Cassie Johnson (Jr.), Heather Berry (So.), Evelyn Bibbins (So.), Alaina Conners (So.), Emily Crossway (So.), Blake Edgar (So.), Isabella Girgls (So.), Paige Hess (So.), Megan Manton (So.), Hannah Mills (So.), Mackenzie Murphy (So.), Lillie-Ann Olley (So.), Sadie Overton (So.), Taylor Towne (So.), Jaleah Vason (So.), Paige Webb (So.), Kate Banazek (Fr.), Alexa Doe (Fr.), Peyton Draper (Fr.), Elise Hill (Fr.), Julia Largett (Fr.), Madelyn Perry (Fr.). Emma Purivs (Fr.), Cora Sicley (Fr.), Lilly Gaede (8th).
Coach: Robin Boomhower (13th year)
2018 record: 5-2
Roster: Akasha Gaige (Sr.), Daniela Martelo (Sr.), MacKenzie Masek-Soto (Sr.), Kayla Meyer (Sr.), Valeria Muniz-Arocho (Sr.), Brianna Chest (Jr.), Kyra Daly (Jr.), Chloe Davis (Jr.), Heather Haynes (Jr.), Miah Hernandez (Jr.), Gabriella Leiva (Jr.), Brianna Magana (Jr.), Alyson McKinney (Jr.), Adriana Pfister (Jr.), Angela Rodriguez Maldonado (Jr.), Tiffany Russell (Jr.), Hailee Smith (Jr.), Imani Torres (Jr.), Ashley Vazquez (Jr.), Bayleigh Woodard (Jr.), Emily Alvarado (So.), Cherokee Bledsoe (So.), Ereen Guanlao (So.), Samantha Houston (So.), Emma Morris (So.), Emily Ortiz (So.), Annie Ricks (So.), Xandria Smith (So.), Aliza Sovie (So.), Mackenzie Barbarito (Fr.), Heaven DeJesus (Fr.), Kierra Kekuewa (Fr.), Anna Kenepp (Fr.), Elizabeth Lumbis (Fr.), Yasmine Mustafa (Fr.), Loise Pador (Fr.), Emma Shoemaker (Fr.), Julia Urf (Fr.)
Outlook: South Lewis dominated the regular season and league meet. Hannah Ielfield reached states last outdoor season and was part of excellent distance trio with Lexi and Brynn Bernard. The Falcons also have solid point-scorers in field events. Beaver River also boasts solid distance runners in Rylee Campeau, Taylor Moore and Shauna Rice. Lowville has excellent jumpers in Caroline St. Croix (long jump), as well as Tess Smith and Brianna Finn (high jump). Sandy Creek has a new coach in Jessica Smith.
Beaver River Beavers
Coach: Alex Barrett (10th year)
2018 record: 6-1
Roster: Makayla Boliver (Sr.), Rylee Campeau (Sr.), Lydia Lagree (Sr.), Taylor Moore (Sr.), Shauna Rice (Sr.), Julia Schwendy (Sr.), Amber Turck (Sr.), Alanna Zehr (Sr.), Cassidy Burns (Jr.), Kaitlyn Burns (Jr.), Kathleen Hoang (Jr.), Alison Lyndaker (Jr.), Torrance DeHart (So.), Makayla Garrison (So.), Chelsea Greenwood (So.), Laura Metzler (So.), Kaylee Schantz (So.), Tina Boliver (Fr.), Adrianna Maxson (Fr.), Emily Pelo (Fr.), Makenna Simmons (Fr.), Peyton Smith (Fr.), Rachel Streeter (Fr.), Ariel Wener (Fr.), Lauren Brandt (8th).
Lowville Red Raiders
Coach: Marjorie Rush (10th year)
2018 record: 1-6
Roster: Madison Bodle (Sr.), Brooke Craig (Sr.), Brianna Finn (Sr.), Sarah Haggett (Sr.), Gabriella Hanno (Sr.), Emma Hellinger (Sr.), Jordynn Hellinger (Sr.), Maryam Kirch (Sr.), Anna Metzler (Sr.), Madison Nortz (Sr.), Jenn Ortieb (Sr.), Tess Smith (Sr.), Caroline St. Croix (Sr.), MaKenna Thisse (Sr.), Jessica Willis (Sr.), Hannah Freeman (Jr.), Linn Frisk (Jr.), Maria Lundholm (Jr.), Peyton Myers (Jr.), Adela Edick (So.), Courtney Kafline (So.), Madison Kloster (So.), Katelyn Sellick (So.), Eliana Bonbrest (Fr.), Annie Cayer (Fr.), Faith Froelich (Fr.), Linnea Haney (Fr.), Madison Houppert (Fr.), Kyla Reed (Fr.).
Sandy Creek Comets
Coach: Jessica Smith (1st year)
2018 record: 0-7
Roster: Courtney Burns (Sr.), Bailey Fahnestock (Sr.), Abby Fitzpatrick (Sr.), Kyrsten Hall (Sr.), Madison Bauer (Jr.), Tiara Copenhaver (Jr.), Elsa Graf (So.), Alyssa Rudd (So.), Emily Yousey (So.), Gabrielle Brown (Fr.), Mary Carnes (Fr.), Claire Dreibelbis (Fr.), Emma Halsey (Fr.), Abby Lantry (Fr.), Grace Skellington (Fr.).
South Lewis Falcons
Coach: Jack Bernard (3rd year)
2018 record: 7-0
Roster: Brooke Everson (Sr.), Morgan Feisthamel (Sr.), Kdedra Grabowski (Sr.), Vashta Smith (Sr.), Alicia Williams (Sr.), Kelanie Edick (Jr.), Izabelle Liendecker (Jr.), Teisha Partridge (Jr.), Jessica Widrick (Jr.), Aaliyah Williams (Jr.), Abigail Durgan (So.), Camryn Eli (So.), Paige Flint (So.), Hannah Ielfield (So.), Lauren McGuire (So.), Chloe Seller (So.), Lexi Bernard (Fr.), Claudia Case (Fr.), Aubree Domagala (Fr.), Madison Howanietz (Fr.), Morgan Kogut (Fr.), Emmalee Marks (Fr.), Tazanna Molnar (Fr.), Jordan Dorrity (8th), Skye Everson (8th), Leah Greene (8th), Carin Young (8th), Brynn Bernard (7th).