As the La Cañada High, Flintridge Prep, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy and St. Francis track and field programs prepared for their just-commenced seasons, goals and expectations for 2014 varied.
Perhaps the lone similarity is a commitment from the quartet for improvement this season.
The entire Spartans program numbers near 100, which 12-year coach Casey Mollett credits through a word-of-mouth campaign.
"This season, we have a lot of kids coming from different programs like wrestling, volleyball, basketball and football," Mollett said. "It's real exciting because this comes from kids spreading the word and from kids from other sports coming out. It doesn't really matter what sport, participating in track is a benefit to all sports."
The Spartans finished third in the Rio Hondo League in the girls' standings and were fourth on the boys' side last season.
Perhaps its should come as no surprise that the Spartans will be led on both sides by the distance squads, highlighted by All-Area Girls' Cross-Country Runner of the Year Anna Frederich, who will look to improve upon her third-place finish at the league's 1,600-meter final in 5 minutes, 37.77 seconds and fourth-place effort in the 800 (2:36.52).