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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 22, 2014

Fleming and Powell take over

By Derek Helling, Sports Editor | Mar 05, 2014
Photo by: Derek Helling The new Mid-Prairie boys’ track head coaches are Shawn Powell (left) and Aaron Fleming (right). Powell and Fleming are taking over a deep team that features a large freshman class but several experienced runners that will be looking to compete in many events this year.

New leadership can result in a lot of different outcomes for any enterprise. The Mid-Prairie boys’ track team is hoping that new coaches can bring increased success for the 2014 season and beyond.
Aaron Fleming and Shawn Powell have just started their first season as the co-head coaches of the Golden Hawks. Powell was a volunteer coach and coached in the Mid-Prairie system for 20 years with football, basketball and middle school track. Fleming has nine years of experience with cross-country and was coaching at the middle school level for two years before getting this job.
Powell will be handling the field events, hurdles and sprints. Fleming will coach the middle and long-distance runners.
“We’re focused on getting the guys healthy. We have some experienced sprinters and some new, explosive ones as well. We’re going to be deeper than we have in the past. We are going to have about 12 throwers this year, when in the past we only had about three or four. I think we are going to have a year where we can compete in, even be deep in, every event,” Powell explained.
“Our numbers are up this year. We have about 30 guys out and our biggest class is the freshmen class,” Fleming added.
Mid-Prairie begins its season on Thursday, March 6 at the Demon Indoor. With the deep roster, talent of the student-athletes, experience of the coaches and the enthusiasm of a new season, the Golden Hawks have everything they need to have a successful season.

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