Sprint-oriented events are the bread and butter of track and field whether you like it or not. There are a lot of coaches that will build their teams around just a handful of talent because they know points can be racked up very quickly in a championship setting.
The key to winning any championship is doing well in the often overlooked field events. This season will again be key factor for a number of teams vying for crucial state points after the exodus of many top athletes. Just ask powerhouse schools like Roselle (Lake Park) and Cahokia boy's teams.