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Area girls working toward trips to states

High school girls track and field preview

March 25, 2014
By Scott Franco (sfranco@altoonamirror.com) , The Altoona Mirror

Several area girls track and field athletes have a little PIAA state experience under their belts this spring.

The area boasts more than a handful of recognizable names when it comes to track and field stars trying to make a return trip to Seth Grove Stadium at Shippensburg University.

There's Tyrone's Erika Voyzey in the high jump along with Altoona's Hannah Mulhern in the pole vault, along with Central Cambria runners Jackie Bracken and Jordan Hayward. Also hoping for another trip will be Altoona's Abby Wagner, Tyrone's Jordyn Swogger and Bedford's Katie Lippincott and Lauren Diehl, along with Penn Cambria's Megan Wheeler.

Other athletes hoping to punch another ticket to states at districts this year include Chestnut Ridge's Emily Finnegan, Bishop Carroll Catholic's Carrie D'Andrea, Tussey Mountain's Devin Folk, Courtney Rupert, Morgan Lynn and Samantha Coffman, Everett's Shiane Pittman and Tyrone's Jordon Wiser.

Altoona

Coach: Steve Rhodes, 21st season

Career record: 137-36-1

League: Independent

Last year's record: 6-1

Roster: Seniors-Shannon Albright, Diana DeBernardis, Brianna Geist, Andrea Luciano, Alexis Mirenda, Hannah Mulhern, Alyssa Palfey, Morgan Pensyl, Abby Wagner, Brianna Dalto. Juniors-Grace Baldessaro, Rachel Dibert, Zoe Delozier, Caitlyn Hall, Sierra Hillard, Hannah Jacobs, Julie Paule, Nia Romanowicz, Ellie Sohmer, Casidy Weyandt, Aubrey Ana, Nicole Donnelly. Sophomores-Maryssa Brandt, Ali Conrad, Kersti Cover, Mikayla Cree, Mikayla Detwiler, Brittany Good, Sarah Hartman, Shaelyn Imler, Kierra Irwin, Siabela Koch, Allison Koehle, Emma Kreuz, Audrey Love, Addisyn McGregor, Alex Reade, Marina Shover, Kennedy Stessney, Madison Stessney, Taylor Stoudnour, Chloe Veloz, Sarah Waksmonski, Emily Williams, Alyssa Wilt.

Strengths: "Our numbers are up this year, which will help team depth. Excellent attitude and work ethic. A strong desire for self improvement that hopefully will result in team success."

Concerns: "Injuries, lack of scoring depth in certain events, and developing underclassmen who can compete and contribute at our level of competition."

Overall outlook: "Our schedule will help prepare us for success at the district and state level, and I'm looking forward to a competitive season."

Assistant coaches: Tom Fox, Rob Wahl, Rob Veloz, Pete Kishpaugh, Doug Spayd, Rachel Gehret, Justin Genovese, Bill Reimer, Tom Musselman, Shane Graziosi, Jack Wagner, Tyler Fedeli.

Junior high coaches: Justin Arthur, Damon Luciano

BEDFORD

Coach: Brian Creps, 13th season

Career record: 140-33-3

League: Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Last year's record: 14-0; 11-0 LHAC

Roster: Seniors-Kyra Burtnett, Megan Foster, Madalena Frere, Monica Littlefield, Mikala May, Jessica Querry, Rachel Shaffer, Maddie Tegeler, Jessica Tokarczyk. Juniors-Cheyanne Bebout, Lauren Diehl, Kelsey Koontz, Devon Layton, Katie Lippincott, Hannah Meyers, Megan Moorhead, Kaho Morikawa, Megan Ooghe, Caitlyn Riley. Sophomores-Kayla Dawson, Alexis Imler, Abbigal Johnson, Caitlyn Lazorka, Nykkytta Mendez, Samantha Press, Emma Rafter, Macy Sheeder, Cassandra Smith, Jelaina Snyder. Freshmen-Caitlyn Brenner, Makayla Compton, Halee Davis, Shannon Easter, Karson Ellingson, Allyson Fisher, Brianna Greenawalt, Bailey McGill, Michelle Morris, Lexi Price, Katie Querry, Mackenzie Rhodes, Brooke Weaverling, Rachel Williams.

Strengths: "Nice balance of returning letterwinners and newcomers."

Concerns: "We have a need for inexperienced members of the team to excel in some events to provide depth."

Overall outlook: "With a nice balance of returning letterwinners and newcomers, we hope to compete for the Laurel Highlands and District 5 championship."

Assistant coaches: Gary Washington, Michelle Fisher, Jeff Hamilton, Matt Kline, Yvonne Bowser, Bill Creps, Josh Krupa.

bellwood-antis

Coach: Julie Roseborough, 49th season

Career record: 391-78-3

League: Inter-County Conference

Last year's record: 13-2; 10-1 ICC

Roster: Seniors-Ellen Crook, Christina DeGol, Emily Hanwell, Haneefah Harvey, Megan Martin, Tristen Miller, Allison Morgan, Alexis Shade, Bailey Swogger, Paige Watchey. Juniors-Asia Beeler, Hannah Cherry, Meghan Claar, Selena Damiano, Kayla Kustaborder, Kelly Leamer, Lindsey McCauley, Paige Padula, Alayna Roberts, Amanda Thomas. Sophomores-Tori Greene, Taylor Hinkle, Christina Kowalski, Jules Lusk, Marissa Panasiti, Raegan Plowman, Ana Shawley, Sierra Stevens, Caroline Taylor, Gabby Troutman, Elizabeth Whaley, Roz Yancey. Freshmen-Amanda Baldwin, Addison Clemente, Alexis Kensinger, Abby Luensmann, Haley McCloskey, Stephanie Mills, Phoebe Potter, Karson Swogger, Hanna Watchey, Kenna Willson-Kerns.

Strengths: "We have a number of girls returning who should have good seasons, plus some newcomers who could help us."

Concerns: "We need time for the younger members to develop. The weather has kept us from doing work in some events."

Overall outlook: "We should be competitive by mid-season."

Assistant coaches: Robin Campbell, Chris Brown, Ashley Brown, Jenna Nevling

bishop carroll

Coach: Philip Woo, seventh season

League: Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Last year's record: 1-10

Roster: Seniors-Colenna Markovich, Allison Przybys. Juniors-Carrie D'Andrea, Kylee Farabaugh, Mikayla Poorman, Caitlyn Krevel. Sophomores-Michaela Gresko, Katie Bender, Alexa Dunchack, Rebecca Kwisnek, Jordan Wenturine, Sabrynna Fitzsimmons, Megan Berardinelli, Kaycee Ertter, Halle Bachik, Michelle Qin. Freshmen-Tia Divney, Ashley Durbin, Emily Dietrich, Brittany Krug.

Strengths: "A small number of hard-working, experienced leaders. A large talented group of competitive underclassmen who show such a willingness to work and learn, and have fun."

Concerns: "Injuries, lack of depth, getting the girls to find their best talents and improve."

Overall outlook: "Good overall. It will be tough in the beginning of the season, until they develop their skills and confidence."

bishop guilfoyle

Coach: Brad Kanuch, second season

League: Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Last year's record: 1-10

Roster: Seniors-Lauren Ceschini, Jen Patterson, Kierra Piccerello. Juniors-Shaelyn Rickens, Amanda Irvin, Alexa Wharton, Maria Ruggery, Caitlyn Harrison, Jess Rudolph. Sophomores-Clara Good, Jamie Murgas, Sophia Griffin, Alyssa McGhee, Mikayla Mignogna. Freshmen-Kathleen Price, Kelsey Donoughe, Kierra Miller.

Strengths: "Relays will be our strength."

Concerns: "We need someone to step up in the long distance events and jumping events."

Overall outlook: "We bring back a list of experience that wants to build upon last season."

Assistant coaches: Dave Berkheimer, Pat Leamer, Connie Wharton

cambria Heights

Coach: Skip Jarvis, 15th season

League: Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Last year's record: 8-8

Roster: Lindsey Boring, Alivia Coposky, Sarah Farrell, Taylor Forsythe, Amanda Illig, Sarah Lane, Emily Cattoi, Megan Dillon, Brianna High, Agnes Hoover, Cassandra Hoover, Elizabeth Hoover, Kassidy Kopera, Mikayla Kozorosky, Shannon Link, Abbey Mccann, Cierra Miller, Kara Miller, Jessie Murphy, Makayla Price, Jennifer Shero, Emily Sopata, Devonna Weimert, Amanda Zollinhofer, Allyson Becker, Autumn Bracken, Brianna Fox, Kaitlyn Kitchen, Ashley Koegler, Shelby Lightcap, Kylie Miller, Alexis Niebauer, Melissa Price, Morgan Spaid, Kiara Ulrich, Allysha Venesky, Kristyn Wendekier.

Strengths: "This year we have a good core of throwers and jumpers. Hurdling should be strong."

Concerns: "Middle distance and sprints."

Overall outlook: "To take one meet at a time and get better with each meet and send as many to districts as we can."

Assistant coach: Jeanette Taylor

Junior high coaches: Tammy Nagel, Nick Jamison

central

Coach: Ray Brooks, first season

League: Mountain League

Last year's record: 0-10; 0-10 ML

Roster: Maddie Bartek, Kelsey Brumbaugh, Kyra Larson, Shannon Weaver, Alexae Wyandt, Ashley Hazlet, Hannah Moore, Meghan Replogle, Carly Maurer, Sierra Stern, Kaitlin Zimmerman, Jessie Delozier, Mattison Goff, Rochelle Houp, Sarah Soyster, Maggie Stern, Bridget McCready, Briana Shriver, Adrienne Clark, Chelsea Johnson, Sara Profeti, Hannah Easly, Jessica Laird, Alyssa Laird.

Strengths: "A new, young enthusiastic team, new coaches and new attitude."

Concerns: "Staying healthy and dealing with the weather."

Overall outlook: "Too early to tell."

Assistant coaches: Dan Hoover, Angela Brooks

central cambria

Coach: Randy Wilson, third season

Career record: 27-3

League: Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Last year's record: 9-1 overall; 9-1 LHAC

Roster: Seniors-Dawn Craft, Abby Davidson, Ashley Hildebrand, Laken McKeel, Josie McKinley, Kasey Rorer, Brianna Wasser, Samantha Waterhouse. Juniors-Krista Berzonsky, Kassy Brown, Rachel Fedore, Chloe Harvey, Jordan Hayward, Erica Kozorosky, Cienna Lauer, Marilyn Locher, Brooke Lyons, Madison Moore, Ali Papuga, Allison Risaliti, Chelsea Persio, Jessica Shaffer, Noelle Shay. Sophomores-Colleen Albright, Kiley Anderson, Bethany Bauer, Jackie Bracken, Aubrey Brown, Erin Conrad, Savannah Davis, Melana Dennison, Mikayla Fox, Rachael Genesi, Michelle Hildebrand, Kirsten Lajudice, Lindsay Monito, Seria Newmann, Hannah Swope, Samantha Thomas. Freshmen-Tia Bodenschatz, Hailey Braniff, Ashley Carlyn, Kayla Connor, Sydney Croft, Cassie Gabrielson, Sydney Gilkey, Samantha Koss, Hope Mazieka, Taylor Mazzarella, Kaitlyn McKeel, Isabella Miller, Kaitlyn Novitski, Molly Pilcher, Julia Schaffer, Hannah Schofield, Lauren Stevens, Emma Wess, Jessie Woods.

Strengths: "We have a fairly large team with a bunch of new and energetic athletes. The contributions from the middle school athletes that are now freshmen should help fill in the huge holes we lost from graduating athletes. Some new faces in the throws and jumps will also help."

Concerns: "We lost our No. 1 performer in almost every event to graduation, and we are a very young team. Lack of time on the track and in the field due to weather is a huge concern, especially in the throwing or jumping events."

Overall outlook: "We are in a rebuilding/transitional phase in our program. We lost a tremendous amount of veteran leadership. With the infusion of a strong freshman class, we are hoping to be competitive within the league and are hoping to have athletes qualify for states."

Assistant coach: Tim Miller

Junior high coaches: Darcy Rakar, Nikki Burkett, Brian Reynolds, Mary Wilson

chestnut ridge

Coach: Kami Oldham, third season

Career record: 14-10

League: Inter-County Conference

Last year's record: 9-6

Roster: Seniors-Hannah Butler, Tiara Malec, Amanda Kostryk, Mikah Hobson. Juniors-Megan Anderson, Kim Bischof, Emily Finnegan, Toshia Rush, Makayla Weaverling, Cassandra Wright, Caitlyn Ferguson, Cassie Wright. Sophomores-Casie Callihan, Lydia Diehl, Carly Lapinski, McKenzie Lohr, Miranda Soliday, Dakota Kelso, Julie Egolf, Emily Costigan, Brooke Corle. Freshmen-Alexis Daley, Maria Claycomb, Abbie Costigan, Keisha Fleegle, Sidney Gordon, Skylee Palicka, Laura Wright.

Strengths: "This year's team is very energetic, quick learners and hard-working. They have a great sense of teamwork and pride in themselves, each other and their school."

Concerns: "We lost several letterwinners and have many girls completely new to track."

Overall outlook: "We are very optimistic about obtaining a winning season. The girls are striving for new records and personal bests. We are confident that the young girls will fill any needed positions."

Assistant coaches: Sarah Brambley, Cassie Manelick, Erin Musselman, Alexandra Moore

everett

Coach: Sue Conner

League: Inter-County Conference

Last year's record: 6-7

Roster: Seniors-Rachel Barkman, Baylee Beegle, Kim Clark, Serena Hess, Brianne McFarland, Shiane Pittman, Courtney Price, Alexis Weicht, Amanda Weist. Juniors-Shana Bequeath, Nicole Clark, Nicole Goldizen, Jillian Imes, Bionca Johnson, Shanna Peterson, Clara Smith, Kayla Valentine, Summer Ward. Sophomores-Emma Burke, Renee Cogan, Daryn Ward. Freshmen-Mallory Christensen, Rachel Daly, Ilea Delozier, Alyssa Eisenhart, Kierstin Jay, Kristen Mills, Hannah Prather, Marci Robinette, Maria Shaw.

Strengths: "Strong group of seniors that we're hoping will show great leadership to our younger athletes. We have a large group of freshmen this season that will have junior high experience, which should help us with our depth in events."

Concerns: "Injuries are always a concern, considering the drastic temperature changes we've been dealing with this winter. We haven't been able to fill all the hurdling spots, but if we can get at least two strong hurdlers, we will be better."

Overall outlook: "It would be nice to be one of the top three girls teams in the ICC this season, and we have the potential to get there if we keep everyone healthy. Would like to qualify someone for states again this season."

Assistant coaches: Samantha Conner, Suzette Knox

Junior high coach: Bill Imler

hollidaysburg

Coach: Don Tantius, 25th season

League: Independent

Last year's record: 5-4

Roster: Madison Aungst, Victoria Gleason, Taylor Givler, Alexis Palfey, Kayla Roman, Makayla Williams, Sandra Johnson, Taylor Pond, Alexis Robbins, Audrey Simpson, Madelyn Betar, Tia Biesinger, Ceara Lance, Lauren Singer, Victoria Surma, Mackenzie Wilkinson, Ashley McClain, Meghan Williams, Emily Baranik, Haley Kenyon, Hannah Madara, Leanne Shoemaker, Lucy Wagner, Emily Altmanshofer, Sierra Barr, Catherine Barroner, Cailin Brashaer, Olivia Brockman, Karah-Ann Curry, Sydney Ditillio, Megan Gilles, Quinn Hunter, Nina Macvane, Casey Martin, Bridgitt Perry, Alli Wyland, Alexis Wagner.

Strengths: "We have a strong group of returning letterwinners from last year and also a large number of [freshmen] now [sophomores] who stayed with the team. We have a good bit of depth in a number of events that we haven't had before."

Concerns: "As last year, we have a large number of freshmen on the team. The freshmen actually out-number the seniors and juniors combined, so experience is a concern."

Overall outlook: "I look for the girls to have a banner year. I believe that we will have a number of girls in the mix for state berths. I hope that a successful season will also help the younger girls want to strive to match that success."

Assistant coach: Jenn McConnell

Junior high coaches: Travis Singer, Todd Wallace

huntingdon

Coach: Tricia Keller, first season

League: Mountain League

Last year's record: 6-7

Roster: Seniors-Rochelle Farish, Hannah Lynn, Shannon McKenzie, Natalie Romano. Juniors-Rachel Fleming, Makenzie Garner, Andrea Dively, Hanna Hess, Jenna Hoover, Ellie Keller, Kiersten Kline, Tori Lauer, Jacinda Newby, Stephanie Park, Lexi Souders, Carley Wike, Charlotte Yelnosky. Sophomores-Mary Lauren Davignon, Alissa Dickson, Olivia Marker, Hannah Miller, Lucia Person, Kali Reed. Freshmen-Lauren Smith, Karlie Lenglet, Nora Tietjens.

Strengths: "Jumping, sprinting, distance. Over last two years, we've had several athletes participate in the state meet."

Concerns: "Some real poor weather days we had to deal with in the preseason, and a few injuries early on which are on the mend."

Overall outlook: "Have seen much improvement over the past weeks. Lots of returning athletes with lots of experience. I would say we will have several athletes qualify for districts and a couple for states as well. Rachel Fleming, Lucia Person and Steph Park are some names to watch for."

juniata valley

Coach: Suz Price, 37th season

Career record: 180-144

League: Inter-County Conference

Last year's record: 4-8; 4-6 ICC

Roster: Seniors-Taylor Cooper, Sarah Jefferis, Rachel Johnson, Haley Myers, Taylor Young, Tori Campbell, Federica Fossati, Juliana Lux. Juniors-Brooke Emery, Sierra Gardner, Faith Leri, Chely Miller, Bree Oldham, Dani Suomela, Taylor Boonie, Bethany Carolus, Lacey Deihl. Sophomores-Janelle Dick, Madisen Perow, Michaela Smith, Chelsea Wagner, Rachael Baker, Tori Booher, Emily Claar, Kaleigh Everhart, Riana Isett, Allie Kyle, Breanna Leidy, Samantha Port, Alyssa Smithmyer. Freshmen-Kelly Mohnkern, Micheala Ross, Cassandra Vogle.

Strengths: "Jumps and distance for sure. We should have at least one strong experienced person in most events."

Concerns: "Weather has really slowed our progress down. We couldn't get on the track the first two weeks [of preseason]."

Overall outlook: "I think we can be pretty good about mid-April. We hope to have a winning season."

Assistant coaches: Shane Thomas, Krista McCrum, Nancy Kyper

northern bedford

Coach: Jeff Batzel, 23rd season

Career record: 178-64

League: Inter-County Conference and Sideling Hill League

Last year's record: 11-0; 10-0 ICC; 10-0 SHL

Roster: Seniors-Lauren Morris, Makala Gates, Danielle Johnson, Madi Douglas, Vanessa Dick. Juniors-Kit Fink, Lana Gochnour, Ashlee Gojeski, Taylor Steele, Jordyn Soderholm, Savannah Devine. Sophomores-Courtney Bowser, Shelby Crooks, Leah Muthler, Paige Thomas, Alysha Hostetler, Sydney Clapper, Jazlyn Claycomb, Amber Cornell, Jerica Hardy, Mary Messersmith, Taylor Snider. Freshmen-Jensen Burket, Whitley Furry.

Strengths: "Good attitude and strong work ethic, along with some promising newcomers."

Concerns: "Overall depth and inexperience."

Overall outlook: "We should be competitive, and our goal is to be above .500."

Associate head coach: Tracy Muthler

Assistant coaches: Mark Muthler, Brittany Beach, Chad Mickle, Matt Franks

northern cambria

Coach: James Rocco, 24th season

League: Heritage Conference

Last year's record: 2-8

Roster: Seniors-Brooke Bernard, Mikaela Gobrecht, Ally Kopera, Martina Leonard, Nessa Myers, Renee Paronish, Sienna Previte, Maura Risbon, Chelsea Brady. Juniors-Melissa Bender, Alyssa Birchall, Adrianna Frontino, Laken Lapso, Brooke Mitchell, Alanah Pavlick, Taleh Smith. Sophomores-Lakyn Birchall, Samantha Kline, Melissa Nealen, Samantha Rocco, Kim Spade, Taylor Strong, Samantha Stumpf, Holly Thomas, Janelle Tubo, Brooke Wolfe.

Strengths: "Our numbers are way up with over 35 girls on the roster. All our distance runners return, led by Ally Kopera and lettermen [Sienna] Previte and [Adrianna] Frontino. Brooke Bernard will hopefully anchor our sprints after a two-year absence. We are looking for leadership in the throws from multi-letterwinners Renee Paronish, Mikaela Gobrecht and Alanah Pavlick."

Concerns: "We have little real experience in most events. Our short and middle distances have a lot of question marks, and we will need some first-year people to step up here. We have a lot of first-year girls who will need to find their event, hopefully quickly."

Overall outlook: "We're definitely in better shape than last year, just on numbers alone and some limited experience. We have more potential contributors this year, and I feel we will improve on our 2-8 record from last year, but the key to the season is for our new people to quickly settle into an event and start scoring some points."

Assistant coach: Jennifer Westrick

Junior high coaches: Rick Bernard, Stacey Datsko

penn cambria

Coach: Lauren Kudlawiec, fourth season

League: Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Last year's record: 4-9

Roster: Seniors-Sara Clauto, Danielle Pompa, Debbie Slovikosky, Megan Wheeler, Sienna Myers, Hannah Orlosky, Shadyn Swope, Brandy Gibbons, Tori Shingler, Alison Vincent, Gayle Weaver. Juniors-Monica Lee, Marissa Myers, Arlee Simendinger, Krista claar, Kayla Cully, Sophia Funari, Paige Harris, Carly Osmolinski. Sophomores-Shelly Pompa, Kayla Davis, Stephanie Seymore, Cassidy Vincent, Faith Dollar, Cheyenne Eaken, Abby harvey, Casey Lee, Kaeli Smith, Kaley Strittmatter. Freshmen-Anna Audley, Brianna Berezansky, Emily Diehl, Erin Link, Alyssa Montgomery, Jordyn Novak, Lauren O'Neill, Aundria Stouffer, Maddy Swires, Jadyn Tiracave, Miya Trice, Olivia Wirfel.

Strengths: "Our team has grown significantly this year. We have almost doubled the size from last year. We have a lot of strong athletes coming from volleyball, soccer and basketball that have not participated in track before."

Concerns: "We lost [state semifinalist] Carly Petney, who graduated, which leaves a gap in our sprinting events and 4x100 relay."

Overall outlook: "We have restructured our coaching staff this year and combined the boys and girls teams for practices and workouts, which I think will help motivate both teams to push each other and perform well as an entire school at meets."

Assistant coach: Jessica Burlingame

philipsburg-Osceola

Coach: Roy Warlow, first season

League: Mountain League

Last year's record: 4-6; 2-5 in ML

Roster: Seniors-Tiffany Bertothy, Becky Groff, Taylor Guelich, Sarah Belinda, Kaitlin Burns, Erica Coval, Teaica Putillion. Juniors-Brearr Atwood, Olivia McCafferty, Mandy Schmidt, Logan Day. Sophomores-Celena Garcia, Kylie Whitehead, Michaela Conte, Brittany Kline, Ally Ruggerio, Skylar Seaman, Denise Stephens. Freshmen-Julia Burns, Emma Riglin, Alyssa Smart.

Strengths: "I have a group of kids that enjoy coming to practice and working hard. When you have kids like that, coaches enjoy coming to practice and have a better attitude. The kids see this, and they enjoy the experience more, maintain a good approach and continue to do their best."

Concerns: "Losing Cheyanne Hutton and Tesha Harned in the distance, Maggie Ferguson in the sprints, Joah Cebrish in hurdles, and Rachel Ward and Cassie Bauman in the throws."

Overall outlook: "We will have a season where everyone will improve from beginning to end and have a little fun along the way."

Assistant coaches: Amanda Eason, Doug Perry, Barry Raker, Holly Rauch, Heather Sagaities, Robbie Thompson, Steve Williamson

Junior high coaches: Tracy Vipond, Tim McCamley

portage

Coach: Gary Gouse, 32nd season

League: WestPAC

Last year's record: 4-5

Roster: Seniors-Olivia McCabe, Emily Chobany, Alina Flynn, Amanda Birch. Juniors-Karen Yingling, Paisley Zatek, Kara Pyo, Sarah Popish, Taylor Price. Sophomores-Lexi Wozniak, Sam Fedorko, Kaylee Plummer, Allison Cerwensky, Kacie Baker. Freshmen-Emily Flynn, Abby Chobany, Lauren McCabe.

Strengths: "We have some great individuals that have a chance to make it to the state meet. I feel that Emily Chobany will be strong in javelin, and Olivia McCabe in the long and triple jump will be strong in those areas. Lexi Wozniak in the sprint events also should do well."

Concerns: "Lack of numbers to win dual meets."

Overall outlook: "We should do well in many individual events and will work hard to get ready for the district meet."

Assistant coaches: Lance Hudak, Marty Slanoc, Terry Miller, Cindy Brickley

Tussey mountain

Coach: Jessica Little, second season

League: Inter-County Conference

Last year's record: 6-6

Roster: Seniors-Samantha Coffman, Morgan Lynn, Krysten Miller, Paige Reed, Dillan Brown. Juniors-Johnna Fitzhugh, Devin Folk, Krysten Miller, Courtney Rupert, Alyse Starr, Amanda Stoudnour, Jadan Morrow. Sophomores-Alyssa Bollman, Beth Riley. Freshmen-Jaclyn Bollman, Ivie Morningstar, Emily Shuke, Raven Burchard.

Strengths: "Our amount of returning letterwinners and our returning starters. These athletes have good experience and will encourage and influence the large amount of new athletes who have joined the team."

Concerns: "Our lack of girl throwers. We had many female throwers graduate last year, and they are hard to replace. We hope to encourage other females to come out and try out their talent on the track and field team."

Overall outlook: "Our group of athletes are working hard on a daily basis to strive towards their goal as well as the team's. The girls 4x400 relay team will try to repeat as District 5 champion."

Assistant coaches: Chris Carrier, Garret Cloud, Casey Flaherty

Tyrone

Coach: Chris Shedd, fifth year

Career record: 7-39

League: Mountain League

Roster: Seniors-Katie Bowser, Alexa Patton, Mariah Robison, Israel Stroud, Jordyn Swogger, Emily Iuzzolino. Juniors-Michaela Diehl, Davina Lee, Grace McKernan, Lena Walk, Lyndsay Greene, Marin Grabill, Hope Wilson. Sophomores-Emily Beam, Carly Crofcheck, Beth Hunter, Erika Voyzey, Allison Wilinski, Jordan Wiser, Kayla Green, Brittney Minnich. Freshmen-Chloe Case, Sean Dawson, Cassie Friday, Shania Lowrey, Riean Minnich, Cherah Mountz, Makayla Ritchey, Mackenzie Stauffer, Paige Umholtz, Madalyn Veit, Vika Walk, Lily Williams.

Strengths: "Experience in sprints, middle and long distance, jumps. Newcomers with experience in hurdles, distance and pole vault."

Concerns: "Young additions with limited experience. Will need to develop skill positions."

Overall outlook: "Last year was our most successful year in program history. We are looking to build on that success. We have a good many experienced, solid performers and a lot of new additions with talent. We will need to develop our younger members, but this team should be able to compete very successfully at the dual and invitational level. We're looking forward to strong performances at the district and state meet."

Assistant coaches: Steve Everhart, Marcus Owens, Patrick McNelis, Rick Emigh, Rob Hopkins, Wally Miller

 
 
 

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