Key distance returners Sam Hauck '06 in the 1500, Jesse Horst '06 and Tom Cruse '07 in the 800-meter, and Tony Hoff '07 in the 5K, 10K and steeple chase are to provide pivotal leadership as the men compete in a deep MIAC.
Also expected to contribute are newcomers David Green '09 in the 3K, Reid Johnson '09 in the 400 and 800-meter and Cullen O'Neill '09 in the 800-meter and 1500-meter. All had strong performances at the MIAC Indoor Track Championships.
Field athletes Jason Roberts '07 in the long jump and triple jump, Matt Majerus '08 in the long and triple jump and Bobby Anderson '08 in the triple and high jump will compete.
All-American Pete Cathcart '06 will continue to shine in the shot put. The discus and hammer throw are also coming off strong indoor seasons. Cathcart qualified for indoor nationals, with a personal best in the shot put of 16.79-meters at the MIAC meet.
Horace Gant returns in the 100-meter run. He was injured last outdoor season, but had strong performances in the 55-meter during the indoor season, and is prepared to be a factor for the men this spring.
The team suffered few losses with last year's graduating class. The Oles will miss performers Malcolm Richards '05 in the 10K, for which he holds the school record, and Evan Sunquist '05 in the decathlon.
The upcoming season is fraught with tough competition for the men, as the top teams in the conference are St. John's and St. Thomas.
"I always have high expectations," Head coach Bill Thornton said. "The MIAC is full of tough competition. However, we feel as though we have what it takes to compete for third."
Last outdoor season, the Oles finished third, and repeating that finish would be a considerable accomplishment.