CENTURY GIRLS TRACK PREVIEW
Coach: Kris Allen, fourth year.
Last year: Big Nine champions, third in the Section One, Class AA meet.
State qualifiers: 3200 relay, with team members Challis Firl, Megan Wille, Emily Esch adn Lauren Bergstrom, with a second-place finish. Both Anoka and Century broke the 15-year-old record. Anoka finished first in 9:18.57 and Century was second in 9:19.09.
Strengths: Numbers, and the corps of the team which won the Big Nine return. All the members of the 3200 relay, which finished second at state, are also back. Depth is also a plus, with 97 athletes out for the team.
Outlook: Tough act to follow. Coach Kris Allen looks for the usual, solid performances from a group which includes Challis Firl, Megan Wille, Cheryl Wick, Emily Esch, Lauren Bergstrom, Jackie Fischer, Megan Mason, Kristin Kanz, Brittany Schwager and Sara Mueller.
Quote: "We had such a good season last year, we're hoping for solid performances throughout the season and to keep everybody healthy.'' -- Century head coach Kris Allen.
Seniors -- Kate Breitenbach, Brita Carlson, Elizabeth Gintz, Shauna Heathman, Meryl Lucchesi, Megan Mason, Sara Mueller, Heidi Nichols, Nnena Odim, Chelsea Steckelberg, Cheryl Wick, Heather Wilson.
Juniors -- Brittany Broadwater, Iris Cheung, Laura Cook, Jaclyn Dunlap, Jackie Fischer, Andrea Jorn, Kristin Kanz, Alissa Kingsley, Chelsey Kluck, Kendra Kocher, Stephanie Lopez, Courtney Ludwig, Stacie Mueller, Kelly Mullins, Christina Nguyen, Brittney Schwager, Amanda Weinmann, Alexandra Woodruff.
Sophomores -- Amy Benike (manager), Jessica Blum, Alice Christner, Emily Esch, Challis Firl, Amanda Fish (manager), Nikki Hansen, Danaca Heidorn, Jessica Hensel, Heather Hoecker, Jessica Johnson, Brittney Melmer, Jillian Miller, Laura Ockey, Lindsey Priebe, Amanda Schambureck, Kelly Servais, Brittany Staver, Lisa Tlougan, Rachel Vetter, Megan Wille, Michelle Wilson, Allison Wingren, Jennifer Yocom.
Freshmen -- Jennifer Abrahamson, Betsy Adams, Ashley Anagnos, Lauren Bergstrom, Jamie Christy, Ana Clements, Sarah Ezzat, Amy Ferguson, Teresa Frissora, Kristina Gebhard, Tiffany Gerber, Dana Harney, Portia Holtegaard, Amanda Howe, Laura Ingham, Lucy Kruesel, Kailey Link, Krista Newman, Katherine Osborn, Caroline Schimunek, Alyssa Schueller, Jennifer Sluhoski, Sarah Turgeant, Sarah Van Oosten, BreAllyn Walsh, Sarah Will.
Eighth grade -- Jenna Bowman, Diane Brown, Danielle Cochran, Shannon Gerboth, Abigail Hexum, Jacqueline Mader, Hannah McWaters, Sarah Moench, Stephanie Moench, Karie Pasalis, Whitney Priebe, Kara Pudwill, Katie Sowa, Katie Steckelberg, Maria Succio, Hannah Thornburgh, Nicole Ward, Erica Wilson, Anastasia Woodruff.
Seventh grade -- Angela Lauinger.
April 16 -- at University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse (LaCrosse Aquinas, Central, Rochester Mayo), 4 p.m.
April 18 -- at Lakeville Inv., 3:45 p.m.
April 23 -- at Albert Lea (Mayo, Mankato West), 4:30 p.m.
April 30 -- at Winona (Austin, Albert Lea), 4:30 p.m.
May 4 -- at Mayo Invitational, 10 a.m.
May 7 -- JM, Owatonna, 4:30 p.m.
May 9 -- at True Team Section (Owatonna), 3 p.m.
May 14 -- at Faribault (Mankato East, Albert Lea), 4:30 p.m.
May 16 -- at All-City (JM) 4 p.m.
May 17 -- at True Team State (Blaine).
May 24 -- at Big Nine (Century), 1 p.m.
May 30 -- at Section 1AA (Carleton College, Northfield).
June 1 -- at Section 1AA (Carleton College, Northfield).
June 7-8 -- at Class AA State (Blaine).