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2013 Girls track & field capsules


AFC Raiders

Coach: Shea Carpenter (2nd season)

Key returner: Junior – Lesley Aguilar (distance)

Key newcomers: Juniors – Kathrina Sandrock (sprints), Taylor Childers (throws), Emily Mairs (400); Sophomore – Melissa Murre (middle distance)

Coach's outlook: Our goal is to have a good time and develop a passion for running.

Amboy Clippers

Coach: Bob Halberg (7th season)

Key returners: Seniors – Autumn Smith (throws), Meredith Stamberger (relays, middle distance); Juniors – Laura Rieker (high jump – state qualifier and school-record holder); Sheila Browning (triple jump, LaMoille school record); Sophomore – Sydnie Langeler (relays, middle distance)

Key newcomers: Freshman – Jennifer Popovich (middle distance, IESA state qualifier)

Key losses: Ashley McCoy, Avery Barrett, Whitney Schultz

Coach's outlook: Very young, but I believe strongly in several field events, and I believe we will have competitive relay teams.

Bureau Valley Storm

Coach: Dale Donner (29th season)

Key returners: Senior – Krista Naaktgeboren (pole vault); Juniors – Katelin Johnson (state qualifier in 3,200 relay); Kelly Sirens (hurdles); Lauren Peterson (hurdles); Sophomores – Regan Weidner (conference champion and state qualifier in 3,200 (3rd place) and 1,600 (9th); Lindsey Hoffert (conference champ in 100, 200, 400 and long jump; state qualifier in 100, 400 (9th) and long jump (2nd); Sidney Lebahn (weights, triple jump); Haley DeVoss (sprints); Riley Francis (distance)

Key newcomers: Freshmen – Abby Howes (high jump, hurdles); Sam Stocking (weights); Savannah Dean (jumps)

Key losses: Sam Neahring, Megan Russell, Kimi Sanden, Natalie Swanson, Nikki Swanson, Tanner Wilson

Coach's outlook: Only 12 out, but nine are returning letterwinners. Goal is second place in conference.

Dixon Duchesses

Coach: Brandon Woodward (1st season)

Key returners: Seniors – Brittany Schwarz (middle distance), Brittany Considine (hurdles, sprints), Gabby Jacobo (throws); Juniors – Katie Pitman (distance), Stephanie Binkley (throws), Lexy Duncan (jumps, sprints), Kirsten Pitman (middle distance); Sophomores – Maggie Bushman (jumps, middle distance), Megan Cooper (jumps)

Key newcomers: Freshmen – Claire Thorpe (distance), Shannon Lahey (sprints, jumps, middle distance)

Key losses: Alicia Brown, Catie Cox, Liz Greenwalt, Becca Hendley, Karly Koch, Ciara Lightner, Tiara Sondgeroth, Haley Thorpe

Coach's outlook: The outdoor season will consist of identifying key relay positions and individual events. Several open meets in April will create team competitiveness in solidifying conference and sectional lineups.

Erie-Prophetstown Panthers

Coach: Don Robinson (36th season)

Key returners: Seniors – Paige Rus (state medal winner in triple jump and 800 relay), Cassie Reiley (pole vault, triple jump), Jennifer Woodworth (3,200); Juniors – Courtney Cobert (state medal winner in 800 relay and qualifier in 1,600 relay), Brooke Remley (state medal winner in 3,200 relay), Peyton Achs (discus); Sophomores – Corrie Reiley (state medal winner in 3,200 and 800 relays), Breanna Jensen (state medal winner in 3,200 relay and qualifier in 800), Heather Strike (state medal winner in 800 relay), Kassi Henrekin (800), Mikayla Bolton (sprints)

Key newcomers: Freshmen – Rachel Cobert (sprints, triple jump), Peyton Rus (sprints, long jump), Maddie Fringer (high jump, hurdles)

Key losses: Danielle Cooney, Kali Unruh, Tess Burns

Coach's outlook: We have 36 girls that are working hard to keep the strong track tradition going at Erie-Prophetstown. We hope to be in the running for conference and sectional titles, and qualify as many people as possible for the state meet, where we hope to surprise some people.

Fulton Steamers

Coach: Tim Wessels (1st season)

Key returners: Seniors – Kelsey Leffler (throws), Erin Wessels (jumps, sprints), Haley Wiebenga (middle distance, relays), Morgan Wierema (throws); Sophomores – Breanna Eissens (relays, hurdles), Autumn Hutton (throws), Chelsea Lesniewski (throws)

Key newcomers: Freshmen – Carly Bergerhouse (throws, relays), Averi Leitzen (distance), Betsy Leonard (high jump, hurdles, 400

Key losses: Isabelle Borgman, Brennan Leonard

Coach's outlook: We look to have some strong performances in the field events and in the distance runs. We should also be capable of placing in many of the sprints and hurdles. Our lack of depth will limit our ability to put together relay teams, but there is potential there for placing. Individually, we have four or five athletes that have the potential to qualify for state.

Milledgeville-Eastland Missiles

Coach: Jason Wroble (3rd season)

Key returners: Seniors – Kim Johnson (hurdles, triple jump), Peyton Sturtevant (hurdles), Sarah Leif (sprints); Junior – Miranda Grisham (jumps, sprints)

Key newcomers: Freshmen – Elivia Medina (sprints), Samantha Johnson (throws), Hannah Kehl (jumps), Morgan Gallentine (sprints), Megan Schneider (sprints)

Key losses: Kayla Barnes, Abbey Grisham, Abbie Habben, Alyana Woodard, Caitlynn Wilk

Coach's outlook: A small girls team will leave a lot of events empty, but the team should compete strongly in the events we can fill.

Morrison Fillies

Coach: Jennie Pruis (3rd season)

Key returners: Juniors – Hannah Blacklock (hurdles), Brandi Hosford (sprints, triple jump); Sophomores – Lakin Goodman (sprints, distance, high jump), Abigail Kull (sprints)

Key newcomers: Junior – Madison Howard (distance); Sophomore – Amber Vegter (distance); Freshmen – Rebecca Coyle (sprints), Allie Lyons (distance), Ariana Olalde (sprints)

Key losses: Kara Riggen, Kelsey Snyder

Coach's outlook: We are down to nine girls this season. Although we won't be able to win meets with our numbers so small, we have the possibility of getting a few girls to state in individual events.

Newman Comets

Coach: Val Gassman (13th season)

Key returners: Senior – Jessica Ackert (jumps, sprints); Sophomores – Chantel Ordean (throws), Haley Simpson (distance), Rachel Humphries (throws, sprints)

Key newcomers: Senior – Teresa Scanlon (sprints, long jump); Juniors – Gin Sung Bee (sprints), Christina Brown (sprints, relays), Luciana Amarante (throws); Sophomore – Kyla Lehrke (sprints); Freshmen – Margaret Smith (sprints), Emily Long (long jump, sprints)

Key losses: Alyssa Gallentine

Coach's outlook: The Comets are very young, but have lots of enthusiasm, and will be looking to improve as the season progresses.

Oregon Hawks

Coach: Lynn Ahlgrim (3rd season)

Key returners: Seniors – Devyn Absher (relays, long jump, high jump), Jenn Rogers (distance), Sam Judge (relays, 300 hurdles), Grace Nelson (long jump), Alexi Shaw (throws); Juniors – Cydney Long (sprints, 100 hurdles), Shannon Cullen (throws), Gabi Ramirez (throws), Erica Grace (triple jump); Sophomores – Emylyn Wright (relays), Sarah Lauer (triple jump, long jump)

Key newcomers: Abi Newman (800, 3,200 relay), Mackenzie Skoumal (800, 1,600 relay)

Key losses: Kate Groenhagen, Jeneen Schier, Maisie Mahoney)

Coach's outlook: Our team is strong once again this year. We have had a hard start to the season with the weather, but we are making due, and having fun running in the snow. I know with heart and dedication, we will have a busload going to state this year.

Polo-Forreston Marcos

Coach: Terry Jenkins (24th season)

Key returners: Seniors – Mykil Baker (weights, 2-time state qualifier), Kelsey Taylor (hurdles), Ellen Cavanaugh (hurdles); Juniors – Alli Reeder (400), Peyton Taylor (distance), Bridget Barry (800), Kailee Fiorello (800); Sophomore – Keeley Meyer (400)

Key newcomers: Freshmen – Katie Person (hurdles, long jump), Naeva Groenwold (hurdles), Hope Stapleton (long jump, 400)

Key losses: Noelina Rissman, Sabrina Huisheere

Coach's outlook: Depth of team is good, as we have 42 girls out for track. Middle-distance events should be strength of team. Field events should be competitive.

Rock Falls Rockets

Coach: Chris Lacy (9th season)

Key returners: Seniors – Shasta Day (state qualifier in sprint relays), Paige Davis (state qualifier in 3,200 relay), Aubree Johnson (state qualifier in 3,200 relay), Jessica Wind (distance); Juniors – Katie Anderson (state qualifier in distance relays), Mireya Arellano (throws); Sophomores – Dallas Clevenger (state qualifier in distance relays), Monika Holcomb (sprints)

Key newcomers: Freshmen – Sydney Arrickx (jumps, sprints), Dominique Sails (sprints), Michaela Bush (jumps, sprints), Mekayley Velasquez (middle distance)

Key losses: Paige Wade, Lauren Haas, Savanah Davis (combined 17 state qualifications)

Coach's outlook: We should be solid in the relays and have decent depth to cover the track from 100-3,200. Our goals are the same year-in and year-out – we look to compete for a conference title, qualify all the relays for state, and medal at state in each. The kids have worked extremely hard the past 2 months and are looking forward to the outdoor season to see where we are.

Sterling Golden Warriors

Coach: Tyler Gaumer (6th season)

Key returners: Seniors – Peyton Cater (sprints), Emily Crossley (distance state qualifier), Krista Loos (sprints), Alexis Strong (sprints), Lauren Zuidema (pole vault); Juniors – Jordan Totten (sprints), Charli Wike (distance state qualifier); Sophomores – Carolynn Hammelman (sprints), Rylee Kunde (distance), Jaqueline Matznick (jumps), Maya Miller (sprints), Danajha Phillips (sprints), Mercedes Sanchez (distance state qualifier), Morgan Zuidema (jumps)

Key newcomers: Katelyn Everett (distance), Bryana Johnson (sprints), Ashleigh Tira (sprints), Jamison Trancoso (sprints)

Key losses: Thalia Arellano, Florencia Romero, Madeleine Sheley, Lauren Vos, Sarah Wolber

Coach's outlook: Our largest group of athletes are freshmen. We need to continue to have quality leadership, and then big-meet experience to continue to bring us along as a team.

West Carroll Thunder

Coach: Dave Baisden (6th season)

Key returners: Sam Boyer (hurdles, sprint relays), Liz Conroy (400, middle mistance), Clara Rodriguez (distance), Dee Sanchez (distance), Kaylee Vos (high jump, triple jump, sprints), Megan Wilkinson (sprints, jumps); Juniors – Trelawney Baisden (sprints), Lindsey Dauphin (distance), Aryelle Rabuck (throws), Kayla Robertson (hurdles), Kelbi Schneider (throws); Sophomores – Courtney Boyer (hurdles), Angie Eppenstein (middle distance), Valerie Johnson (throws), Erica Walls (sprints)

Key newcomers: Sophomore – Carissa Bates (middle distance), Anna Curtis (jumps); Freshmen – Allison Barr (sprints, jumps), Mattison Bartley (middle distance), Haley Ehlers (sprints, jumps), Tessa Ehlers (sprints), Kali Hunter (sprints, jumps), Katelyn Morrow (middle distance)

Key losses: Aliesha Handel, Maria Timm

Coach's outlook: We should be very competitive in all relays. This team of girls has done a lot of growing the past 2 years and have gained valuable experience. We are looking for a strong team this year and hopefully getting some back to state.

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