Senior Thomas Lasher will combine with Nishida to give the Hearts a solid one-two combo in the sand pit with his triple-jump abilities. He will also be used as a long jumper this season, but his talents in the triple jump could have him in May's state final.
"He did over 20 feet in almost every meet practically," Harbaugh said. "He's a really good kid."
Aside from Fatheree and the jumpers, Effingham's relay teams were surprising bright spots in Carbondale. The 4X400 relay team of Logan Howell, Tyler Myers, Colin Hecht and Leevi Baker placed eighth at the SIU Invitational with their time of 3:46.83. Close behind was the 4x200 relay squad of Myers, Howell, Caydin Vaughn and Trent Barnhart, who's time of 1:41.73 was good enough for 12th.
"All my relays will be really tough this year," Harbaugh said.
Effingham will turn toward some newcomers to make a splash in 2013, with freshmen Drew Vasquez and Colin Hecht taking the lead. Hecht finished 12th in the 400 with his time of 56.36, a number that had Harbaugh more than pleased.
"That's a surprising time as a freshman," he said. "I thought that was pretty good."
Also looking to contribute for the Hearts will be Patrick Siner, C.J. Schmidt, Matt Herboth and Ben Percival. Siner took first in the 800 meters at Tuesday's freshman/sophomore meet at Mahomet with an impressive time of 2:20.01. Not far behind, Schmidt took third with a 2:32 mark. Percival lettered as a sophomore, and finished 41st at Carbondale with his time of 26.20 in the 200.
Senior Clark Williamson should be solid in the pole vault, having cleared 13 feet last season. To replace the departure of record-setting Boggs, a trio of sophomores are ready to meet the challenge.
"Billy Arndt, Evan Boggs and Khole Moran, that's pretty much our throwing team," Harbaugh said. "Billy has been throwing around 40 feet, I look for him to go about 45 or 46 when he gets the kinks worked out."