Sprinters to lead girls track
The outlook for the upcoming girls track and field season rests heavily on the talented legs of their sprinters, an experienced group that will form a strong building block this year.
The Zephs are coming off a season where they finished 6-5. They have a good mix of returning veterans as well as newcomers that should allow them to plug in a host of strong competitors in a number of events.
And that begins with the sprints.
The Zephyrs return perhaps the most dynamic sprinter in the league as senior Amanda Crooks, a three-time state qualifier in the 100 meters and defending District XI champ, leads a superb cast of sprinters who are poised to be a strong force once again this season. That group includes senior Angel Bacon, junior Helen Davis, sophomore Kate Bonshak, and freshman Ali Weber.
Of that group, Bonshak, Crooks and Bacon were members of last year’s state-qualifying 4x100 relay team. Those three, along with Kylee Cunningham, were also district champs last year, blazing the oval in 49.75.
With such a strong group, the Zephyrs should be able to pull a lot of points in both the 100 and 200 races this year.
In the middle distances they have another solid returning cast. Senior Kassidy Cunningham, juniors Emily Wells and Rachel Herr, along with sophomore Devon Roberts, all have varsity experience. That group will be fortified by juniors Juanita Flores and Audrey Fedor, as well as freshmen Ava Frederick and Lindsay Solderitch.
The long distances will feature Roberts who emerged as a strong miler and two-miler last season. Additionally, Caterine Yunes-Cosme who ran some 800 races last season will also mix in the long distance events. Herr will once again be an integral part of their distance team which will also be buttressed by newcomer Brianna Uhnak, a freshman.
The hurdles will feature Aliyah Barkley who was strong in the 100 last year. The sophomore will be joined by fellow sophs Grace Clary and Kristin Laky, along with freshmen Kasey Erwin, Mariele Patungan. and Paige Abruzzese.
Junior Savanah Rivera will once again soar high in the pole vault. She finished second in the pole vault at the EPC Championships last season, clearing the bar 1t 9-00. She’ll be joined by Hope Millets who was a jumper last season for the Zephs.
In the three jumping events (broad, high and triple) Millets, Barkley and senior Jennifer Kromer all return with plenty of varsity experience. Sophomore Jessica Bui will also compete in the jumps as well this year.
Senior Cameryn Evans leads a strong group of throwers that also features junior Haley Smith, and sophomores Nikki Deitz, Selseblia Ouaddah and Jaraye Jackson, all of whom will compete in the shot put.
In the discus Evans, Dietz, and seniors Logan Miller and Cheyenne Shook give the Zephs a formidable group in that event. Joining those four will be Jackson and sophomore Evelys Perez.
The javelin also features a solid returning cast as Miller, Shook, senior Taylor Rummel, sophomores Cassie Due and Estephany Fernandez, along with freshman Delany Sullivan, will compete in that event.