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Trinity boys look to Sickler for leadership

DICKINSON - Dickinson Trinity senior Marcus Sickler has battled through injuries in the 2007-08 school year.

After missing time during the football and basketball seasons, Sickler hopes to end his high school sports career on a good note.

Sickler is arguably the Dickinson Trinity boys track and field team's top returner.

"Marcus is going to be key to the team," Trinity coach Craig Kovash said. "We're looking for him to have a good year."

Sickler finished third in the 400-meter dash and fifth in the 800. He hopes to help lead a squad that lost a large amount of talent to graduation.

"A lot of us are untested," Sickler said. "We're hoping some kids can come through for us."

Kovash said he feels comfortable with the kids coming back, citing eight

returning state qualifiers as a reason.

"We've got a fairly good nucleus returning," Kovash said. "We've got a good group to build on."

Junior distance runner Jake Braunberger will also help with leadership responsibilities. Braunberger took eighth in the 3200 at state last May.

"He looks a lot stronger and faster this year," Kovash said of Braunberger. "He looks good in practice."

Though relays could be a strong event for the Titans again this year, Kovash said his squad needs points from the pole vault.

Senior Shane Rothschiller returns as one of the top pole vaulters in the state.

"That field event (should) be big for us," Kovash said.

He also noted how he expects the team to improve after going up against the strong track and field competition in this area.

"Our region is one of the most competitive," Kovash said. "You're going to see good competition at every meet."