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Area H.S. girls track and field capsules

Mirror file photo Lyric Janosik was a top jumper for the Penn Cambria girls during the 2019 season.

Editor’s note: The fate of the spring scholastic sports season is very much in doubt due to the coronavirus. The Mirror is publishing the preview capsules to at least recognize the athletes who are part of the various teams throughout the region:

Altoona

Coach: Paula Foreman, second season

Career record: 4-0

Last year’s record: 4-0

Conference: Independent

Returning athletes: Seniors — Hailey Alwine, Riley Boutiller, Madison Butterbaugh, Gianna Caputo, Taylor Clapper, Nicole Duffy, Maggie Fox, Gianna Marasco, Grace Osmolinski, Rachel Palmerine, Harley Price, Marissa Villano, Alexis Whysong. Juniors — Morgan Baker, Lydia Baum, Darrian Berkheimer, Sarah Graham, Andrea Kiser, Raina Plutko, Shelby Smeal, Piper Vallei, Mija’Nae White. Sophomores — Madison Adelsberger, Olivia Chille, Jaci Clouser, Selah Crone, Karen Duffy, Jacinda Erb, Ashtyn Hileman, Dyamond Johnson, Mackenzie Kelley, Kaydince Kenney, Lauren Kiser, Jacey Kutz, Allison Lockard, Brooke Long, Ashlee Moyer, Avery Reid, Gwyneth Rentz, Mia Sassano, Gioni Smith, Jenna Williams, Allison Wolfe.

Newcomers: Seniors — Ashlynn Irwin, Julianna Kratzer, Khayla Murray, Anastasia Slobodnik, Illana Vaughn. Junior — Allison Everhart. Sophomores — Mikaela McKnight, Jadeyn Price, Amiradama Smith-Banks. Freshmen — Samantha Abbott, Brynn Archey, Danielle Bardelang, Jordyn Burket, Sophia Caputo, Marin Cooney, Madison Cowfer, Gwyneth Fox, Abigail Gensamer, Brooke Hann, Christine Jordan, Maura Kiser, Morgan Lafferty, Rachel Lucas, Kayla MacKey, Hailey Nevling, Jada Pender, Brittany Snowden, Abbigail Stanley, Jocelyn Stout, Nyelah Strobel, Trinity Verilla, Reese Wilber, Makilee Woomer, Haylee Zeth

Strengths: “We have some returning athletes who are strong and love to compete. They are coming off a successful winter track season and we expect to build on those successes. Looking at our underclassmen, we’re very encouraged. Some of these athletes have the potential for posting some good performances early in the season in events that will add to the depth of our squad.”

Concerns: “Lack of depth in some events.”

Overall outlook: “We continue to develop as a team. We have a good group of ladies who enjoy the sport, love to compete, and are committed to making themselves a better athlete. Our goal is for success at the district and state level.”

Assistant coaches: Mike Adams, Tom Fox, Doug Spayd, Rob Wahl, Aaron Nadolsky, Kathy Good, Damon Luciano, John Kutz, Rob Veloz.

Junior high coaches: Sam Solomon, John Chesney, Jeff Shultz, Tabitha Quinn, Dotty Helsel, Josh Shultz, Makenzie Negri, Jim D’Angelo

Bedford

Coach: Brian Creps, 12th season

Career record: 112-45

Last year’s record: 11-3 (10-3 in LHAC)

Conference: Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Returning letterwinners: Seniors — Juliana Snowden, Claudia Sigel, Kirsten McDaniel, Darby Leydig, Katy Hartman, Ashley Ferguson, Rachael Feaster. Juniors — Hanna Weaver, Trinity Stahlman, Shelby Mortimore, Elizabeth Letrent, Emera Gregor, Larissa Cooper. Sophomores — Riley Ruffley, Abigale Rose, Natalie Lippincott, Jessica Dibert.

Other athletes: Seniors — Cali Williams, Sara Nusida, Allison Kinzer, Abigail Cain. Juniors — Kelly Zubak, Faith Hernandez, Frida Canal. Sophomores — Rory Wilkins, Rylea Weaverling, Lindsay Snowden, Josie Shuke, Lizzy Martz, Riley Kendall, Samantha Harrold, Avery Graeff, Katelyn Feaster, Raven Bowers. Freshmen — Meah Eshelman, Kendra Feaster, Emily Lang, Josephine Lynch, Cassie Minner, Ava Penatzer, Grace Sarver, Macy White.

Strengths: “We have some young, talented girls. We return state qualifying girls from last season Ashley Ferguson in the hurdle and most of our relay team (Natalie Lippincott, Jess Dibert and Riley Ruffley). We had several other girls that placed in last year’s District and LHAC meets returning.”

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

Overall outlook: “We have a very young core in the nucleus of the team. We will need to improve as the year goes on.”

Assistant coaches: Michelle Fisher, Yvonne Bowser, Bill Creps, John Marshall, Carrie Taylor

Bellwood-Antis

Coach: Julie Roseborough, 55th season

Career record: 461-98-3

Last year’s record: 12-3

Conference: Inter-County Conference

Returning letterwinners: Seniors — Jamyson Focht, Thalia Lucio, Ashley Yohn. Juniors — Rebecca Burns, Haley Campbell, Malia Danish, Sarah Manly, Emily Martin, Caitlyn McCartney Madison Otto, Sicily Yingling. Sophomores — Sophia Nelson, Jaylee Shuke

Other returnees: Seniors — Olivia Bailor, Cynthia Baldwin, Olivia Caporuscio, Emily Osborne, Joyce Zheng. Juniors — Leah Farber, Caroline Nagle. Sophomores — Emma Chronister, Emma Corrado, Samantha Gerwert, Emilee Kensinger, Crisinda Miller, Gabriella Musselman.

Newcomers: Juniors — Kaitlyn Dickinson, Kristlyn Stoltz. Freshmen — Brielle Campbell, Sofia DelGrosso, Olivia Gregg, Maliah Hassler, Alexis Lovrich, Elayna McCaulley, Hannah Regan, Haley Simon, Avery Turek, Lydia Worthing.

Strengths: “We have some events where we have good experience.”

Concerns: “Newcomers have had only two weeks of practice, and we don’t have our basketball players back yet.”

Overall outlook: “We should become better as we get some practice in and get everyone back out.”

Assistant coaches: Robin Campbell, Rhonda Mills, Jimmy Gerwert

Bishop Carroll

Coach: Casey Gallaher, first season

Last year’s record: 10-4 (8-4 in LHAC)

Conference: Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Returning starters: Mia Wyland (distance), Mara Yahner (jumps-distance), Lexi Pompa (mid-distance), Faith McMullen (throws), Taylor Ostinowsky (sprinter-throws).

Newcomers: Emma Becquet, Taylor Wharl

Strengths: “Core group of seniors returning in distance area. Hard workers looking to improve and continue to place higher at districts.”

Concerns: “Limited numbers will impact performance in meets.”

Overall outlook: “Hoping to send a couple strong athletes to districts and pick a couple points up in dual meets.”

Assistant coaches: Mark Anderson, Joe Ridgely, Phillip Woo, Dan McMullen

Bishop Guilfoyle

Coach: Christopher Fischer, first season

Career record: 0-0

Conference: Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Athletes: Seniors — Giana Geogiana (throws), Elena Durbin (sprints-hurdles). Sophomores — Angela Durbin (sprints), Lauren Wood (sprints), Meghan Norris (mid-distance-jumps). Freshman — Lainey Farabaugh (distance).

Strengths: “The team has instilled a winning mentality. These young men and women fight each day at practice to become the best version of themselves that they can be. This drive is what will carry this team to accomplishing our goals.”

Concerns: “Depth. Simply put, we need a better turnout. I think once the other students see the success this team will be having, they will want to be a part of that also.”

Overall outlook: “Buy BG track and field stock now, because this team is only going up. The drive these students demonstrated in practice so far has been amazing. That attitude of dedication and hard work is what will lead to a successful season, successful academics and successful futures beyond high school.”

Assistant coaches: Jared Keller and Nick Fischer

Central

Coach: Kayla Wheland, third season

Returning starters: Seniors — Lauren Crilly (jumps), Emma Lingenfelter (distance-jumps), Mackenzie Saylor (sprints-throws), Desire Shaw (throws). Juniors — Alyssa Bartley (sprints), Claire Conrad (sprints-jumps), Ellen Kennedy (vault-sprints), Maci Liebal (sprints-jumps). Sophomores — Leah Decker (hurdles-jumps), Haylie Mingle (hurdles-jumps)

Other returning athletes: Seniors — Lanie Heuston, Kaylee McClain, Lexa Weyant. Sophomores — Kiersten Biddle, Leah Depetro, Ella Lovett, Montanna Novak, Joclynn Ramsey, Adalyn Smith, McKenna Wagner

Newcomers: Seniors — Shayla Brantner, Heather Brumbaugh, Jamie Detwiler, Mackenzie Miller, Jaida Oakes. Junior — Alyssa Kephart. Sophomore — Hannah Decker. Freshmen — Morgan Claycomb, Jenna Croft, Ella Garner, Darcy Heltzel, Maia Jeffries, Morgan McNally, Brynn Miller, Kacey Rodland, Jada Singer, Jenna Smith, Evelyn Strayer

Strengths: “High numbers for both boys and girls teams, positive attitudes, good work ethic from the entire team.”

Concerns: “Keeping everyone healthy throughout the season.”

Overall outlook: “Everyone has been practicing hard our first two weeks of practice. Our numbers are up from last year, so we are hoping to improve and win more meets than our previous season.”

Assistant coaches: Denise Cherry, Allie Noel, Zach Wozniak

Central Cambria

Coach: Randy Wilson, ninth season

Career record: 95-7

Last year’s record: 14-0

Conference: Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Athletes: Seniors — Kenzie Beckel, Cassidy Bezek, Juls Casper, Maggie Kudlawiec, Abby O’Brien, Brette Sikora, Jaylee Sikora, Jocelyn Wisor. Juniors — Morgan Chiappini, Alyssa Connor, Brooke Cooper, Anna Dill, Faith Primel, Olivia Ratchford, Jenna Smith, Abby Thomas, Lauren Vermeulin, Ella Vrabel, Joanna Woods. Sophomores — Ella Anderson, Leah Burgraff, Rebecca Cree, Autumn Cuppett, Bridgette Flanagan, Laura Heinzeroth, Madison Kim, Kate Kudlawiec Stella Kuntz, Gretchen Lambie, Deanne Long, Corrinne Markovich, Sidney McKendree, Ayonna Primus, Hannah Ray, Jennifer Russell, Emma Schweitzer, Marlow Soyka, Abigail Walwro, Faith Wilson. Freshmen — Laila Ashurst, Michelle Brothers, Sabrina Brown, Miah Cade, Madison Dryzal, Abigail George, Carlee Harvey, Julia Hoffman, Melanie Jones, Lydia Knarr, Jordan Krawcion, Allison Malay, Ava Monborne, Annaliese Niebauer, Allie Polchito, Mazie Primel, Amari Primus, Jariah Primus, Abby Sheredy, Sydney Solnosky, Kendra Templeton, Jensen Westrick.

Strengths: “We are very excited to have a large roster of enthusiastic student athletes.”

Concerns: “We compete in the LHAC, which is an extremely competitive conference, meet in and meet out we will face tough competition. We are hoping our conference schedule will prepare the team for success at the District 6 meet.”

Overall outlook: “We feel that we are in a rebuilding phase, mainly matching new athletes to the events in which they will see the most success.”

Assistant coaches: Tim Miller, Katie Bracken, Seth O’Brien, Jared George

Chestnut Ridge

Coach: Jason Tew, first season

Conference: Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Strengths: “The girls team has several girls that are capable of contributing in big meets. Kyra Pittman is looking to help us in the jumps as well as Madison Hillegass, who had a strong junior high season last year. Trinity Faupel should provide us with points in the hurdles and sprints. Ava Whysong has looked strong so far this season as well. We have several throwers that are competing against each other so hopefully that will produce some that will stand out.”

Concerns: “Depth is the biggest concern.”

Overall outlook: “Without much depth, we will have trouble filling all events but hopefully the athletes we do have will provide us with the ability to score some points at the big meets. Last year we finished near the bottom of the team scores at the district meet. We are looking to improve on that this year.”

Assistant coaches: Robert Stultz, Duane Cleveland, Rebecca Mishler, Heidi Rizzo, Alexis Weicht, Tracie McMullen, Eric Smith

Everett

Coach: Sue Conner, 11th year

Last year’s record: 10-2

Conference: Inter-County Conference

Returning letterwinners: Seniors — Lindsey Foor (distance), Aubrey Hall (throws), Kaitlyn Maxwell (sprints-mid-distance-jumps), Tori Steel (hurdles). Juniors — Aly Daley (throws), Stasia Hauze (jumps-sprints), Violet Johnson (pole vault-sprints), Phoenix Ruddy (throws), Regan Seville (mid-distance), Addison Smith (sprints), Anna Belle Stover (hurdles), Abby Walters (mid-distance). Sophomores — Brooklyn Beegle (jumps-sprints), Kelly Biddle (hurdles), Lilly Mills (hurdles), Rebekah Mills (distance), Alexis Twigg (mid-distance-distance), Ashley Yocum (mid-distance-distance), Samantha Yocum (jumps).

Newcomers: Juniors — Molly Cessna (throws), Autumn Davis (throws). Sophomores — Hailey Burchfield (sprints), Brooke Clark (throws), Shelby Rippcon (throws), Jordan Yarnell (throws). Freshmen — Braelin Downs (throws), Savanna Nesbitt (distance), Soriyah Northcraft (sprints-jumps), Kara Valentine (throws), Brookelynn Vuckovich (throws), Gracie Walters (hurdles), Saige Williams (throws).

Strengths: “We have almost everybody back from last year’s squad, so experience is a plus. We have 11 back of the district qualifiers from last season, so we’re hoping to add more this year. Plus, we have great senior leadership. They lead by example.”

Concerns: “First and foremost, I am hoping we have a season. Our goal is always to keep everyone healthy, but if we can do that for the majority of the season with the majority of our kids, that would be a positive. Injuries are always a concern.”

Overall outlook: “When our senior group were freshmen, they won an ICC and District 5 title, so ultimately, they would love to be able to do that again. However, it takes the entire team from top to bottom to pull their weight in order for that to happen, not just the seniors. We just hope to have the opportunity to try to accomplish our goals by having the season.”

Assistant coach: Samantha Conner

Junior high coach: Alex Zanella Tuzikow

Hollidaysburg

Coach: Don Tantius, 34th season

Last year’s record: 8-2

Conference: Independent

Returning athletes: Allison Barton (sprints), Sarah Isenberg (jumps), Emma McCall (sprints), Riley Tryninewski (sprints), Allison Burk (hurdles), Joelle DeLattre (mid-distance), Paige Miller (distance), Abby Batzel (distance), Abby Frazier (throws), Sofia Grassi (throws), Faith Hetrick (hurdles), Celina McIntire (distance), Marin Miller (sprints), Emma Parnell (jumps), Aubree Sipes (throws), Rachel Snivley (throws), Lauren Varney (jumps), Marissa White (jumps), Jenna Wilt (jumps).

Newcomers: Seniors — Averie Holtz, Hannah Perrin. Juniors — Sabrina Azad, Nadia Boston, Megan Dinges, Emma John. Sophomores — Chloe Neaffer, Carolyn Snyder (distance), Alexis Weyandt (distance), Alexis Woodring (distance). Freshmen — Cali Baney (hurdles), Emily Bumberger (throws), Sedona Clapper (distance-jumps), Ella Hunter (throws), Livia LeCrone (distance), Grace Mattern (hurdles), Maddy Shanafelt (distance), Ellen Yarnell (sprints).

Strengths: “As with everything happening, the season was off to great start. We had a very good indoor season with the largest number of athletes for indoor that we ever had, so we all were looking forward to moving outdoors. Great enthusiasm among all the ladies.”

Concerns: “Short start up to the season, fitness, little time for specialty events to practice hard.

Overall outlook: “I think we will do well in the invitationals if we have any.”

Assistant coaches: Jenn McConell, Paul Rowe, Mitch Meritts

Huntingdon

Coach: Adam McBride, third season

Career record: 11-7

Last year’s record: 5-4

Conference: Mountain League

Returning letterwinners: Senior — Allie Troup. Juniors — Kathryn Einodshofer (sprints), Amanda Gwinn (sprints-jumps), Chesney Lauer (distance), Gwen Simpson (jumps). Sophomores — Alisa Beatty (sprints-jumps), Mary Tietjens, Lexi Troup.

Other returning athletes: Juniors — Abigail Bush (jumps), Haidyn Carlin (throws). Sophomores — Kaitlynn Kester (throws), Audrey Wilson, Katharyn Yablonski.

Newcomers: Seniors — Elizabeth Baclich (throws), Grace Brindle (jumps), Rachel Shope (throws). Juniors — Lydia Brown (throws), Gabriell Davignon (throws), Ellie Kyle (throws). Sophomores — Elizabeth Emel (jumps), Abigail Goodman (sprints), Misha Krayashlein (distance), Sophia Marker (throws). Freshmen — Malia Carns (jumps), Jerzee Clark (jumps-sprints), Ava Cramer (sprints), Lilian Greenfield (sprints), Caitlin Hahn (sprints), Sophia Lauer (distance), Maiya Linn (sprints-jumps), Norah McClain (distance).

Strengths: “Number of athletes out this year is up, and we have a much stronger distance group than years past.”

Concerns: “Lack of returning letterwinners, we graduated 18 seniors/letterwinners.”

Overall outlook: “Should be a good season with the returning letterwinners and a lot of new talented athletes have come out this season.”

Assistant coaches: Jay Hosler, Stephanie Rader, Andy Socie, Ken Bookhamer

Juniata Valley

Coach: Krista McCrum, fourth season

Last year’s record: 8-3

Conference: Inter-County Conference

Returning letterwinners: Seniors — Moriah Hall (sprints), Lexie Reed (distance), Halee Smith (sprints-jumps). Juniors — Kat Coffman (sprints-pole vault), Zan Dyreson (mid-distance-hurdles), Ella McGargle (mid-distance/distance), Emma Musser (hurdles-throws), Sam Robinson (throws), Olivia Smith (sprints-jumps-hurdles). Sophomores — Morgan Hess (mid-distance-distance), Emma Zinobile (sprints-jumps-pole vault), Reese Zurybida (distance).

Other athletes: Seniors — Becca Detterline (throws), Abagail Ross (throws), Bridget Simpson (throws), Lily Yoder (throws), Chloe Hammer (throws). Juniors — Natalie Zimmerman (distance), Madi Ormsby (throws). Sophomores — Kaitlin Franks (sprints), Mackenzie Houck (throws), Anna Kuntz (distance), Avery Taylor (throws). Freshmen — Addalyn Brower (sprints-jumps), Grace Brown (mid-distance-hurdles), Gabriella Coffman (mid-distance-distance), Irene Gerber (sprints-jumps), Kaylynn Keller (throws), Alayna Luther (mid-distance-jumps-hurdles), Makayla Moskel (sprints-mid-distance), Skye Robinson (throws), Adria Russell (mid-distance-jumps), Karri Stouffer (throws).

Strengths: “We have a great group of girls who are working hard during our preseason and who have a terrific attitude. The weather has allowed us to be outside more than we typically are at this point in the season, so I am excited about that. We will be looking to our returners to lead our team and make an impact as scorers during each meet. We have senior Lexie Reed, junior Ella McGargle and sophomores Morgan Hess and Reese Zurybida to lead us in the distance events. Morgan Hess was extremely competitive in this area last year, competing at the district meet and is coming off of a successful cross country season. Senior Halee Smith, juniors Olivia Smith and Moriah Hall will help us in the sprints. Juniors Emma Musser and Olivia Smith will also help to lead us in the hurdles and jumps and Emma Musser should make a big impact for our team in the shot put. We have a nice group of newcomers who show potential in various areas including freshman Adria Russell who played a significant role in the fall cross country season and sophomore Avery Taylor who will be helping us in the throws. We have great leadership from returning athletes and our new kids are excited to make an impact on the team.”

Concerns: “We need time to continue to work on strength and conditioning as well as improve in specific events/areas. We have a lot of new kids who are figuring out where they can best help our team and be successful. We will be counting on both our returners and new athletes to step up and make an impact on our team this year.”

Overall outlook: “We hope to continue to gain strength as a team in all areas and ultimately be competitive within the ICC. There are several tough teams within our league and we hope to improve upon last year’s record. We are looking forward to hopefully sending several athletes onto the district meet this year and possibly even onto state competition.”

Assistant coach: Rachelle Hopsicker

Northern Bedford

Coach: Jeff Batzel, 38th season

Career record: 399-163

Last year’s record: 5-7 (5-6 in ICC)

Conference: Inter-County Conference

Returning starters: Seniors — Abby Fink (jumps), Denae Hershberger (distance), Rae Shaulis (sprints-pole vault), Gretchen Keith (throws). Juniors — Sydney Coffey (jumps), Calea Dively (sprints), Aylisa Morral (sprints), Courtney Morris (sprints), Paige Snider (jumps-sprints), Olivia Higgins (javelin-jumps), Jaida Pensyl (throws), Paige Wingard (throws). Sophomores — Adi Sipes (distance), Andrea Musselman (throws), Kaili Long (throws), Alexandrea Griffith (jumps-throws).

Newcomers: Sophomore — Ashley Kichman (throws). Freshmen — Emilee Sherlock (distance), Harley Socie (distance), Lizzy Long (throws), Julia Helsel (pole vault), Hailey Bollman (jumps-sprints)

Strengths: “Work ethic, experience.”

Concerns: “Overall numbers and depth and inexperience in hurdles.”

Overall outlook: “We should be competitive and will strive to have a winning record and several district medalists.”

Assistant coaches: Associate head coach Shalonne Sipes, Jerry Fabian, Chad Mickle, Joe Over, Barb Zanella, Wayne Sherlock, Corey Reffner, Blake Over

Northern Cambria

Coach: Jennifer Westrick, third season

Career record: 4-18

Last year’s record: 3-7

Conference: Heritage Conference

Returning letterwinners: Seniors — Abigail Montanaro (throws), Riley Nagle (sprints), Courtney Nave (sprints), Brianna Zernick (sprints-jumps). Juniors — Katie Bennett (sprints), Regan Sheredy (throws). Sophomores — Shayla Bowser (sprints-hurdles), Emily Montanaro (throws), Serenity Pala (sprints).

Newcomers: Sophomore — Brynn Sheredy (sprints). Freshmen — Courtney Bobik (sprints/hurdles), Katelyn Feighner (sprints-jumps), Madison Hassen (sprints-jumps), Morgan Hassen (sprints-jumps), Arla Homady (sprints-jumps), Nicole Leese (sprint-mid-distance).

Strengths: “I have more girls out for the team this year, and many of the new athletes have a lot of promise this year to do well. My returning girls are excited to have a successful season and to do their best. We are all hopeful to send a good number of girls to districts and if possible send one or two to states this year.”

Concerns: None

Overall outlook: “Overall, I think we will do very well this year. My girls have all set goals for themselves and we intend on reaching them.”

Assistant coaches: Mary Beth Kerr, Lakin Birchall, and Chelsea Brady

Penn Cambria

Coach: Joshua Himmer, fourth season

Career record: 14-22

Last year’s record: 5-7 (4-7 in LHAC)

Conference: Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Returning starters: Seniors — Lyric Janosik (jumps-sprints), Madison Grove (throws), Haylee Plummer (throws). Juniors — Liv Papi (sprints-long jump), Sydney Dignan (distance), McKenzie Watt (distance). Sophomores — Daijah Lilly (sprints-long jump), Emma Sawinski (sprints-triple jump), Emma Farabaugh (mid-distance), Sydney Gibbons (mid-distance)

Other returning players: Seniors — Hannah Saleme (sprints-long jump), Makenzie Shuagis (throws), Hannah Fitzsimmons (throws). Juniors — Lizzy Slovikosky (javelin), Devlin Glenn (hurdles). Sophomore — Kiera Nadolsky (high jump).

Newcomers: Junior — McKenna Criste (javelin). Sophomore — Bayle Kunsman (sprints). Freshmen — Maddy Cavalet (sprints-jumps), Madison McCoy (sprints-jumps), Kylee Marshall (throws)

Strengths: “We have around 50 girls that are out for the track and field team this year, and only seven of them are seniors. I really like the way our sprinters and jumpers are looking.”

Concerns: “Distance is always a concern of mine, but they will hold their own this year I think.”

Overall outlook: “I don’t know how we will do as a team, probably right around .500 like we always are, but when it comes to invitationals and other meets that score by individual, I think we will be right there with anyone. We have some great athletes on this team.”

Assistant coaches: Lauren Michina, Carrie Vinglish, Tony Tomaselli, Gerry Piddington

Philipsburg-Osceola

Coach: Jason McKenzie, fourth season

Career record: 17-23

Last year’s record: 4-6 (1-6 in ML)

Conference: Mountain League

Returning starters: Seniors — Sam Bainey (hurdles), Megan Kosut (sprints), Hannah Wildman (distance), Maddy Sparks (distance). Junior — Jordyn Williamson (sprints). Sophomores — Kalista Butler (jumps), Schenley Farrell (sprints), Audrey Smith (distance), Reilly Vroman (throws).

Newcomers: Junior — Emily Kephart (hurdles). Freshmen — Starcia Bainey (hurdles-jumps), Sarah Bock (sprints), Manna Potter (distance), Paige Rishel (throws).

Strengths: “I think we have a very well-balanced team. We have athletes who should be competitive in nearly every event whether it be sprints, throws, jumps, hurdles, or distance. We also have a group with good character. In the practices that we were able to get in, our experienced girls helped out the newer ones with technique and form and drills, which was great to see.”

Concerns: “I think our depth is an issue. Injuries are always a concern, but we have fewer students on the team this season. Losing any one of them to injury would hurt.”

Overall outlook: “I think our team will work hard in practice and meets. I expect us to be competitive in the Mountain League, which is always a tough league. Most importantly, I expect our kids to grow as both athletes and humans.”

Assistant coaches: Roy Warlow, Renee Lanager, Patrick Holoviak, Steve Williamson.

Junior high coaches: Holly Rauch, Dave Harmic

Portage

Coach: Lance Hudak, fifth season

Career Record: 5-26-1

Last year’s record: 3-5

Conference: WestPAC

Returning starters: Seniors — Caitlyn Papcun (sprints-jumps), Lakin Phillips (throws). Juniors — Emily Ferrence (sprints-jumps), Megan Semanchik (sprints-middle distance), Abby Thrower (sprints-jumps-throws). Sophomores — Bella Bartoletti (jumps-throws), Julia Papcun (sprints-jumps-distance), Lauren Shaffer (sprints-middle distance).

Newcomers: Seniors — Paige Hodgson (throws), Octavia Trice (sprints-hurdles). Juniors — Cameron Davis (throws). Sophomores — Alyssa Hoberney (sprints-jumps). Freshmen — Madelyn Hudak (throws-middle distance), Maurah Krumenacker (middle distance-distance), Makenna Redfern (sprints-jumps), Lexi Slanoc (middle distance-distance).

Strengths: “Lauren Shaffer returns after a stellar freshman season when she won the District 6 100-meter dash title, and took second in both the 200- and 400-meter dash. She capped off her 2019 campaign with a sixth-place finish in the 400-meter dash finals at Shippensburg. She is joined by a few other returnees who qualified for districts and will look to improve on last year’s results. Additionally, some talented newcomers are out who will add depth and scoring throughout the lineup.”

Concerns: “With only 16 girls on the roster, injuries and the ability to fill all events will be concerns. Athletes who joined track and field for the first time this season will need to learn the technical aspects of certain events and this will take time.”

Overall outlook: “With such low numbers, dual meet wins will be difficult to attain, so our focus will be on individual development and success. Four two-sport athletes (softball and track), which includes sophomore Lauren Shaffer, will be competing; however, adverse weather could impact scheduling and make this difficult. Although we have a small roster, we have a number of athletes who have the potential to place at both the conference and district meets and qualify for states.”

Assistant coaches: Amy Burkett, Gary Gouse, Ryan Legg, Bob Newlin

Tussey Mountain

Coach: Tanner Snyder, second season

Career record: 4-7

Last year’s record: 4-7

Conference: Inter County Conference

Returning starters: Seniors — Christina Altobelli (sprints-triple jump), Emma Watkins (throws), Caitlyn Ceglar (sprints). Juniors — Cara Defibaugh (throws-long jump), Mahayla Lazor (throws), Meghan Molosky (sprints), Jenna Hall (hurdles-sprints). Sophomores — Kiersten Baker (throws), Kaylee Coffman (distance), Mya McElwee (distance).

Other athletes: Junior — Makenzie Lapenna (jumps). Sophomores — Kelsey Miller (jumps), Molly Molosky (jumps), Kaylee Coffman (sprints-jumps). Freshmen — Brooke Horton (pole-vault-jumps), Camden Carrow (hurdles-sprints), Trista Lemin (throws), Mackenzie Kline (throws), Roxanne Siberling (throws), Lacey Winnick (throws-pole vault), Emily Clark (throws), Cierra Cromwell (throws), Braelynn Williams (throws-pole vault), Jazmin Santamaria (sprints-jumps), Jordan Foor (sprints-jumps).

Strengths: “We have a lot of great athletes that are able to perform a wide variety of events.”

Concerns: “Depth in each event.”

Assistant coaches: Chris Carreri, Brenda Sipes, David Smith, Aaron Batzel, Jeremy Molosky, Birttany Chadwick, Cole Weist

Tyrone

Coach: Brad Kanuch, second year at Tyrone

Career record: 21-62

Last year’s record: 4-5 (3-4 in ML)

Conference: Mountain League

Returning starters: Seniors — Brianna Decker (hurdles-throws), Brianna Foy (jumps), Elise Gailey (sprints). Juniors — Miranda Goodman (distance), Chesney Saltsgiver (jumps), Marisa Lewis (distance), Mackenzie Latchford (sprints-jumps), Natalie Saltsgiver (sprints-jumps), Paige Shultz (pole vault-hurdles), Eva Toth (hurdles).

Other returnees: Senior — Karlie McCoy (throws). Juniors — Emily Causer (throws), Courtney Richards (throws), Emma Bartel (distance), Mara Focht (sprints), Grace Peterson (throws).

Newcomers: Senior — Winnie Grot (sprints). Juniors — Michelle Johner, Anna-Lynn Fryer (throws). Sophomores — Kaitlyn Houck (sprints-jumps), Ashlee Walk (throws-jumps). Freshmen — Sarah Butina (sprints-pole vault), Ashley Detwiler (pole vault), Elaina Gehlman (jumps-throws), Reagan Irons (jumps), Tessa Rizzo (throws), Eliza Vance (distance), Rayann Walls (throws), Olivia Zimmerman (jumps-sprints), Avalyn Moore (sprints-hurdles), Sydnee Pratt (hurdles), Kirsten Friday (pole vault-sprints), Tasanee Hensley (pole vault-throws), Emma Wertz (throws).

Strengths: “We return the majority of our point-getters from last season. We have a very strong group of sprinters, jumpers, distance runners and hurdlers. We also return the district championship 400-meter relay team.”

Concerns: “Our biggest concern is our depth and our throws. This year we were going to be able to develop a deeper group of runners and jumpers. The biggest concern is the throws, but we have a lot of newcomers who have shown a lot of potential. If they can fill their potential this group could end up being a strength.”

Overall outlook: “If this group can fill our gaps it can be a very successful season for the girls track team. We are very strong in a lot of areas, but if we can get better where we were weak last year, this team can compete for a Mountain League championship.”

Assistant coaches: Steve Everhart, Steve Johnson, Dave Vasbinder, Alan Walls, Steve Sessaman, Mike Wills.

Junior high coaches: Tammy Wills, Randy Wilson, Bill Wiser, Grace McKernan

Williamsburg

Coach: Steven Butler, first season

Career record: 0-0

Last year’s record: 0-6 (0-5 in ICC)

Conference: Inter-County Conference

Returning letterwinners: Juniors — Hannah Brenneman, Kelsie Butler, Hayley Morgan, Aliyah Ross, Taylor Uplinger. Sophomore — Morgan Reighard.

Newcomers: Juniors — Olivia Aurandt, Allee England, Maggie Merrits, Madison Mikesic. Freshman — Shelby Aurandt.

Strengths: “Willingness to complete.”

Concerns: “Young and practice equipment unavailable to do all events.”

Overall outlook: “For a zero-funded program, to utilize what training we give the kids to help them achieve goals set by player or coach.”

Assistant coaches: April Wheland, Loc O, Matt Hoover

Note: Attempts to get information on Cambria Heights were unsuccessful.

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