Scouting local girls track teams

2013-03-31T17:00:00Z 2014-04-05T23:19:18Z Scouting local girls track teamsTimes Staff nwitimes.com
March 31, 2013 5:00 pm  • 

Duneland Athletic Conference

CHESTERTON

Athletes to watch: Kristen Homme, Jr., middle distance; Jordyn Kincy, Jr., sprints; Melanie Buckmaster, Sr., distance; Katie Haggerty, Sr., HJ; Katie Urycki, Sr., LJ; Rosie Biehl, Sr., middle distance.

Outlook: The Trojans will be solid and well-balanced, looking especially strong in the middle distances and pole vault. Kincy could be a breakout performer.

 

CROWN POINT

Athletes to watch: Bailey Beckham, Jr., sprints; Kayla McGurk, Jr., distance; Rachel Smith, Sr., throws; Allison Wortel, Sr., distance; Grace Wylie, Jr., hurdles.

Outlook: Beckham (400) and McGurk (800) were individual state qualifiers in 2012, and the Bulldogs sent their mile and two-mile relays to state. Veterans proliferate the running events while the field events need improvement.

 

LAKE CENTRAL

Athletes to watch: Kaitlyn Moricz, Sr., sprints, LJ, PV; Katie Brown, Sr., sprints, PV; Riley Waco, Sr., HJ; Brooke Lambert, Jr., PV; Megan Zajac, So., sprints; Sarah Hudi, Sr., distance.

Outlook: Twenty-one straight sectionals. Five straight DAC titles. Four regionals in five years. Yes, some talent is gone, but Moricz was third at state in the long jump, Waco is one of the five best returning high jumpers, and half of the state’s seventh-place 400 relay returns.

 

LAPORTE

Athletes to watch: Elena Lancioni, Jr., distance; Jenice O'Neal, Jr., sprints; Kristin Cave, Jr., distance; Tori Novak, Jr., hurdles; Whitney Neess, Sr., HJ.

Outlook: Lancioni (15th, 3,200) was a state qualifier. O'Neal was the 200 sectional champion.

 

MERRILLVILLE

Athletes to watch: Airrica Harper, Sr., sprints; Anjelica Peppers, Sr., sprints; Victoria Collins, Sr., distance; Briana Williams, Sr., sprints; A’Leah Scott, Jr., jumps, hurdles; Shequida Dillard, Jr., 400.

Outlook: Peppers and Harper ran on the 400 relay that took fourth at state. Youngsters will need to step up in the throws and pole vault, but the experienced sprint and jump crews look to dominate.

 

MICHIGAN CITY

Athletes to watch: DeJania Evans, Sr., jumps, PV, hurdles; Carianna Young, So., hurdles; Cecily Anderson, Sr., throws; Jasmine McClemore, Fr., sprints; Emily Trunk, Fr., hurdles, PV; Briance Daniel, So., sprints.

Outlook: The Wolves have slipped in recent years, but coach Tim Bumber is hopeful thanks to a large group of talented freshmen and sophomores.

 

PORTAGE

Athletes to watch: Shakeia Boyd, Sr., hurdles; Jade McKnight, Sr., sprints LJ; Paige Pizer, Jr., distance; Arissa Salas, Sr., sprints; Madison Kurtz, So., hurdles; Kyra Ball, Fr., distance.

Outlook: The Indians should mature into a more competitive team. They will continue to be solid in the throws with Tara Kostelnik and Ashley Sosbe. McKnight was a long jump state qualifier. Pizer made great strides in the indoor season.

 

VALPARAISO

Athletes to watch: Kassidy Swenson, Sr., hurdles; Alison Mundell, So., distance; Anna Walls, Jr., 400; Carley Lemmon, Sr., sprint; Jolebe Vincel, Sr., sprints.

Outlook: Three-fourths of the staff is new, including head coach Boomer Nellessen, who has nine seniors and roughly 50 freshmen and sophomores. Swenson is defending regional champion in both hurdles races.

 

Great Lakes Athletic Conference

CLARK

Athletes to watch: Camyrria Baggett, Sr., distance; Laura Moreno, Jr., distance; Corrina Wilson, Jr., hurdles.

Outlook: New coach Liz Almeda has a small but eager group led by regional qualifier Baggett. Moreno is new to the sport but talented.

GAVIT

Athletes to watch: Alexandria James, So., distance; Kristina Palmerin, Sr., distance; Breana Muller, Sr., throws.

Outlook: James was the GLAC cross country champ, and it wasn’t close.

HAMMOND

Athletes to watch: Paris Nunnally, Jr., sprints; Vanessa Weaver, Jr., middle distance; Shakiya Portwood, Fr., sprints; Darian Robinson, Fr., distance; Tazane Dixon, So., hurdles.

Outlook: This young team on the rise returns 100-meter sectional champ Nunnally and adds pieces to what could be a dynamite 400 relay.

MORTON

Athletes to watch: Kendria Huff, So., hurdles, sprints, LJ; Gianna Monaco, So., sprints; Leslie Ciprz, So., distance; Kourtney Dawkins, Jr., sprints.

Outlook: A group dominated by underclassmen will carry a team that won every GLAC title since the conference’s formation. Sprinting will be a strength.

 

Greater South Shore Conference

BISHOP NOLL

Athletes to watch: Asya Hobbs, Jr., HJ, sprints; Carissa Jones, Jr., hurdles, HJ; Shana Cooper, Fr., sprints.

Outlook: Hobbs won the 100 and high jump at the GSSC meet and the sectional in the high jump. The Warriors won the city indoor meet by a point.

CALUMET

Athletes to watch: Jessica Robinson, Jr., throws; Danielle Smar, Sr., distance; Ashley Redd, So., distance.

Outlook: The future is bright for a small, tough-nosed group.

LAKE STATION

Athletes to watch: Celina Acevas, Sr., middle distance; Valarie Miller Jr., hurdles, sprints; Jessica Rivera, Jr., distance; Tiara Crenshaw, Fr., sprints.

Outlook: Miller holds a school record in the 100 hurdles and won’t be as taxed this year because the Eagles are 17 strong, the best showing in years.

NORTH NEWTON

Athletes to watch: Bethany West, Sr., sprints, jumps; Morgan Lang, Sr., throws; Sarah Levy, Sr., throws; Erika Smart, Sr., throws; Kaila Moskalick, Fr., distance.

Outlook: The Spartans are poised to make a run at Wheeler for GSSC honors. Lang and Levy were GSSC champs and regional qualifiers in the shot and disc, respectively.

RIVER FOREST

Athletes to watch: Alejandra Lopez, Jr., throws; Caridad Ramos, Jr., distance; Jessica Serrano, Jr., sprints; Alondra Avalos, So., sprints; Elicia Winkler, Fr., sprints.

Outlook: New coach Rebeca Dominguez inherits a team that lost two regional-qualifying seniors but returns Ramos and a cast of hard-working Ingots.

WHEELER

Athletes to watch: Haley Lovison, Sr., 400; Kelly O'Shea, Jr., middle distance; Lindsay Heavner, Sr,, hurdles.

Outlook: O'Shea was a state qualifier in the 800. Lovison could get there in the 400. The two also are part of a strong 1,600 relay.

 

Northwest Crossroads Conference

ANDREAN

Athletes to watch: Rebecca Conley, Sr., distance; Kellyn Vale, So., 800, relays; Isabelle Pendlen, Fr., sprints; Brianna Scott, Jr., throws; Angeline Barthel, So., distance.

Outlook: With Conley still on the mend the strength of the team will be a group of 16 hungry sprinters who trained hard in the winter and want to build the program.

GRIFFITH

Athletes to watch: Taylor Austin, Sr., distance; Deziree Walker, Sr., sprints; Camesha Scheeringa, Jr., sprints, jumps; Abby Kik, Jr., middle distance; Brittany Burbridge, So., distance.

Outlook: Austin went to state in the mile and was all-state in cross country in the fall. The rest of the team will try to follow Austin’s impressive work ethic.

HIGHLAND

Athletes to watch: Khi-Lee Warner, Jr., throws; Tylissa Fulgham, Sr., sprints; Rachel Gregory, Sr., HJ, sprints; Amber Przyborski, Jr., distance; Jasmine Anguiano, Jr., distance.

Outlook: Przyborski could be a regional champ in the 800, while Warner, Gregory and Anguiano will build on regional experience for new coach Siobahn Sullivan.

HOBART

Athletes to watch: Mindy Whidden, Jr., sprints; Celena Guerrero, Jr., distance; Kara Cooke, So., sprints, jumps; Kaylee Gubricky, So., distance; Harley Sutton, So., distance.

Outlook: Whidden won the 400 at the regional and took 11th at state, and Guerrero should be healthy after skipping last season to heal stress fractures. Cooke was sixth in the high jump indoors at the Hoosier State Relays.

KANKAKEE VALLEY

Athletes to watch: Leanna Mulloy, Jr., sprints; Gabby Martin, Jr., sprints; Joli Jungels, Jr., LJ, hurdles; Jenna Jungels, Fr., LJ, hurdles; Michelle Kent, So., distance; Kara Gouwens, So., sprints, throws.

Outlook: Loaded, successful and seasoned in almost every event, the back-to-back sectional champs want to win their first NCC title and medal at state. Mulloy (100, 200) and the mile relay were in Bloomington last June.

LOWELL

Athletes to watch: Tori Nida, Sr., hurdles; Nicole Kiszenia, Jr., throws; Melissa Bennett, Sr., sprints, PV; Sarah Wieser, Jr., distance; Breanna Buche, Fr., sprints, HJ.

Outlook: Nida is one of area’s top hurdlers, and Kiszenia is ready to be elite after missing state by six inches last year. A deeper group of sprinters should foster competition and some regional berths; so will the field events.

MUNSTER

Athletes to watch: Olivia Askew, Jr., sprints; Emily McNicholas, Jr., distance; Colleen Ogren, Sr., distance; Nadia Radowick, Sr., throws; Elisabeth Kloos, Jr., jumps; Amber Kimbrow, Jr., throws.

Outlook: The Mustangs, winners of 12 consecutive conference titles, are deep again, including sister tandems Christina and Olivera Todorovic and Casey and Carrie Boelt.

 

Northwestern Conference

LEW WALLACE

Athletes to watch: Arielle Borders, Sr., sprints; Alyza Dennie, Jr., sprints; Tamara Lofton, Sr., hurdles; Denisha Golston, Sr., sprints.

Outlook: Borders was 14th in the 100 at state in 2012, and she and Dennie will lead a powerful group of runners.

WEST SIDE

Athletes to watch: Ashley Stewart, Sr., sprints; Ami Lampley, Jr., sprints; Ivorie Starling, So., sprints; Vanessa Mabone, Jr., sprints.

Outlook: The Cougars return the entire 400 relay squad that took 18th at state, but they lost star sprinter Kortney Mabone.

 

Porter County Conference

BOONE GROVE

Athletes to watch: Karalynn O'Neal, So., distance, hurdles; Taylor Cain, Jr., jumps, PV, SP; Lexi Hill, So., hurdles, sprints, HJ; Emily Woerpel, Jr., distance, throws.

Outlook: The Wolves graduated 14 of their 15 sectional points, but have a promising freshman class with Vaquisha Black, Jacey Snapp, Megan Jordan, Allie Hill and Rachel Cantwell to go with junior newcomer Olivia McCafferty that will especially bolster the sprints.

 

HANOVER CENTRAL

Athletes to watch: Kayla York, So., throws; Kaylin Fanta, sprints, jumps; Kristen Roper, sprints.

Outlook: York took bronze in the discus at the Junior Olympics and is ready to excel again for the Wildcats in their final season in the PCC.

 

HEBRON

Athletes to watch: Lexie Schatz, Jr., distance; Liz Fox, So., distance, hurdles; Abby Getautas, So., distance; Bre Lewin, Sr., sprints; Sydney Marrs, Jr., jumps, 400; Kelly Staffan, So., throws; Emily DeFries, Sr., middle distance; Charity Gonzales, Jr., PV.

Outlook: The Hawks will be paced by their young, deep distance contingent in their bid for a sixth consecutive PCC meet title. A strong group of freshmen will play prominent roles.

 

KOUTS

Athletes to watch: Brandy Eichelberger, Sr., throws; Kayla Sanders, Sr., sprints; Allie Zimmerle, Sr., jumps, sprints; Jessica Huycke, So., hurdles; Kylie Kuebler, So., sprints; Kayla Moyer, So., sprints.

Outlook: The jumps and distance events will be strong. Zimmerle will be in the hunt for a state berth in the high jump after narrowly missing last year.

 

LACROSSE

Athletes to watch: Gabby Sievers, Sr., hurdles; Taylor Guse, Sr., distance; Jill Warner, Sr., middle-long distance; Mikaela Gordon, Sr., hurdles-middle distance; Katie Vance, Fr., throws.

Outlook: The Tigers' roster numbers nine. Guse should be one of the PCC's better milers.

 

MORGAN TWP.

Athletes to watch: Trina Coleman, So., jumps, hurdles; Jasmine Turner, Sr., sprints; Courtney Maxwell, So., SP; Elly Johansen, Sr., distance.

Outlook: Coleman has the potential to qualify for state in three events. She scored 24 of Morgan's 41 individual points in the sectional.

SOUTH CENTRAL

Athletes to watch: Rylee Nunemaker, Jr., sprints; Savannah Little, Sr., middle distance Savannah Little; Kyleigh Werner, So., distance; Taylor Johnson, Jr., hurdles, LJ; Sydney Payne, Jr., LJ.

Outlook: The Satellites should be tough to beat, despite having one senior. Werner qualified for state in the 1,600 and may be joined by Johnson and Payne. Freshmen Riley Popplewell and Hope Myroup should make the distance-middle distance events even stronger.

WASHINGTON TWP.

Athletes to watch: Maddie Johnson, Jr., sprints, LJ; Brandy Moore, Jr., sprints, LJ.

Outlook: Johnson placed eighth in the sectional last year.

 

Others

BOWMAN ACADEMY

Athletes to watch: Keyera Lige, Sr., hurdles; Annette January, So., sprints.

Outlook: Lige was top-five in the 55 dash and 55 hurdles at the Hoosier State Relays indoors. A cadre of talented sprinters graduated, but this team will reload in a hurry.

E.C. CENTRAL

Athletes to watch: Mehgan Barnett, Sr., hurdles, sprints; Kierrea Tolbert, Sr., middle distance; Antwaneika Epps, Sr., middle distance; Dominique Findley, Jr., sprints; Cierra Callico, So., sprints; Quiaira Johnson, Sr., sprints.

Outlook: Barnett, a 2011 regional qualifier, was out last season but returns to lead a deep group of sprinters with a state-caliber mile relay. Tolbert and Epps ran cross country to get into great shape for the 400 and 800.

 

RENSSELAER

Athletes to watch: Chelsie Meeks, Sr., throws; Megan Dobson, So., middle distance; Sydney Dobson, So., middle distance.

Outlook: Meeks was state runner-up in the discus last year. She’ll score big each meet as the young runners around her develop.

 

WESTVILLE

Athletes to watch: Savanna Jackson, Jr., throws; Jessica Mark, Jr., sprints; Molly Corder, Sr, distance; Stephanie Popp, Fr., jumps, sprints; McKenzie Hyatt, So., hurdles.

Outlook: Jackson (18th) was a state qualifier in the shot put and should vie for a medal this year. The team is heavy in freshmen and sophomores.

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