"I'm really looking forward to having a decent relay," he said.
For throwing, St. Anthony will turn toward transfer student Logan Rogers and sophomore Derek Rios. Though the two lack significant experience, like most of the St. Anthony roster, Wiedman says the potential is certainly all there.
"I really think our throwers could be pretty solid," he said. "Logan, from what I hear, he's a big strong kid. I look for him in the shot and disc. Rios, he's a giant kid, he's back and healthy."
Samuel Wortman is the main threat in the pole vault, and is coming off a solid first year. The sophomore has his coach expecting the very best during the season ahead.
"I look for him to be able to compete in some of the big invitationals, and be in the hunt come sectional time to make it state."
With all this talent on the St. Anthony team, the Bulldogs will look to overcome a roster that isn't heavy on numbers, or experience.
"We want to develop and get better," he said. "My goal is to win the NTC, we've been really close the last two years, barely missed out. I think we've got good people. Elite people in enough events that I would like to make a run. I'm looking forward to having a much improved year despite having fewer numbers."
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