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2014 Rochester/Austin girls track & field season preview

CENTURY PANTHERS

Head coach: Kris Allen (16th season).

Assistant coaches:Scott Klote (throws), Janet Topazian (hurdles), Ray Ashworth (pole vault), Joey Keillor (distance), Marykate Bonadurer (distance), Jeff Schlichter (jumps), Steve Burrill (sprints) and volunteer, Tim Arndt (sprints).

Last year:Big Nine, first (232 points; Section 1AA, fourth (56 points). State qualifiers: Jenny Guibert (800); 3200 relay (Kendall Leet-Otley, Lucia Burgess, Stephanie Murray, Jenny Guibert; Andrianna Jacobs (pole vault).

Outlook:Positive, despite losing several key letterwinners, including Jenny Guibert, Shannon Brakke and Kendall Leet-Otley. The program is solid, as evidenced with back-to-back Big Nine championships. And it's always nice to have back a record-breaking state champion, and that would be Andrianna Jacobs, who won the Class AA state title last spring in a record 13-feet. She's only a sophomore. Another key returnee is Emma Allen, who missed last year with a torn hamstring. Others expected to contribute include Mishy Wang, Karli Fink, Michaela Pfeiffer, Audrey Webster, Sierra Paske and Kendall Kupfer.

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Coach's quote:We have big expectations from our youngsters, having 50 kids in ninth grade or younger. Our strength will be in our depth and numbers, but it's always hard to replace lost seniors. We will do our best to retain our conference title. β€” Kris Allen.

ROSTER

Seniors:Emma Allen, Karli Fink, Amy Fleming, Berta Grases Garcia, Madeline Jensen, Shantel Loos, Michaela Pfeider, Adriane Sullivan, Mariah Tweed, Audrey Webster.

Juniors:Courtney Anderson, Carolyn Arndt, Sarah Arndt, Sara Busche, Karin Canakes, Adar Coker, Eulah de Witt, Katelyn DeWar, Rachel Edvenson, Meghan Emerfoll, Paige Firl, Rachel Frandsen, Neda Khi, Jordyn Koenig, Gabrielle LaPlante, Katherine Mayo, Jenna Myhro, Claire Ommen, Annalise Orchard, Amber Paske, Sierra Paske, Samantha Rashid, Tegan Steenburgh, Savannah Sund, Michelle Wang, Zinyi Wang.

Sophomores:Elaina Andre, Mathea Brink, Lucia Burgess, Gabrielle Conway, Isabel Erickson, Samantha Farley, Emily Fleming, Elizabeth Geerdes, Andrianna Jacobs, Courtney Kinyon, Kendall Kupfer, Joanna Ly, Annalise Meier, Kyra Miller, Ella Napton, Jessica Nation, Alexandria Norton, Skylar Pagel, Morgan Peterson, Jenna Rasmusson, Kari Schrandt, Lexi Schuder, Natasha Sohni, Willow Swinbank, Emily Thomas, Elise Weber, Sarah Weber.

Freshmen:Abigayle Berg, Emma Burmester, Kauri Burton, Erin Cichanski, MaKayla Day, Diana Doan, Julie Duffield, Laura Duffield, Olivia Eppen, Alissa Erickson, Kathleen Fitzgerald, Kjerstin Forney, Claudine Gojar, Hannah Hegwer, Sydney Hollman, Linnea Johnson, Majay Kenneh, Briana Kinyon, Valerie Leang, Christina Leske, Anna Lund, Cathleen Ly, Ama Lyles, Kayla Manuell, Kieran Mehta, Kelsey Miller, Omnya Mohamed, EmMarie Norton, Elsa Paradis, Kiona Paske, Madelyn Ryan, Katelyn Swanson, Meredith Targonski.

Eighth-graders:Geena Burgess, Keyaria Davenport, Sarah DeLacey, Ashley Edvenson, Rachael Feece, Sophia Garris, Kate Heins, Lauren Heydt, Sarah Hutchison, Rylee Kanne, Elizabeth King, Tereva Kobenan, Zoe Krone, Lauren Nee, Grace Nelson, Rachel Rand, Cassandra Tweed, Alyson Welch.

Seventh-graders:Hayley Christinsen, Haylee Crosby, Madison Johnson, Alyssa Jorgenson, Ellison Kupfer, Ellie Luinenberg, Vanessa Madline, Kaitlin Miller, Sophia Nevenheim, Taylor Strumpfer.

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SCHEDULE

April 8 β€” at Faribault Invitational, 4 p.m.

April 15 β€”at Albert Lea (Mankato West, Winona), 4:30 p.m.

April 17 β€”at Plainview-Elgin-Millville Herman Invitational, 4:30 p.m.

April 22 β€”at Owatonna (Faribault), 4:30 p.m.

April 26 β€”at Austin Invitational, 10 a.m.

April 29 β€”Mankato East (Austin), 4:30 p.m.

May 6 β€”at Section True Team (Lakeville North), 3:30 p.m.

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May 13 β€”at All-City Invitational (John Marshall), 4:30 p.m.

May 16 β€”at True Team State.

May 23 β€”at Big Nine Conference (Austin), 10:30 a.m.

May 29, 31 β€”at Section 1AA (Lakeville South).

June 6-7 β€”at Class AA State (Hamline University).

JOHN MARSHALL ROCKETS

Head coaches:Pam Davick and Sean Allen.

Assistant coaches: Corey Dingles (sprints and jumps), Maria Wilkes (pole vault), Mike Sonnabend (sprints, high jump), Colette Diedrich (distance), Mark Peterson (long, triple jump), Kali Mahoney (throws), Tom Passe (throws, boys coordinator). Davick (high jump), Allen (hurdles).

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Last year:Big Nine, sixth (92 points); Section 1AA, 10th (27 points). State qualifier: Tori Thompson (long jump).

Letterwinners lost:Twelve.

Returning letterwinners:Emma Christensen, Hannah Degener, Grace Dokken, Nicole Fautsch, Jenna Milligan, Prabjot Singh, Tori Thompson, Kate Vinski, Kierra Walske, Maddie Woodford, Trichel Zinchel.

Outlook:Optimistic. The Rockets will be solid in the distances, led by Emma Christensen, who went to state last fall in cross country. She was fifth in the Big Nine last year and sixth at section in the 1600 and second in the Big Nine in the 3200 and sixth at section. Jenna Milligan is the top mid-distance runner returning; she was second in the conference last year in the 800. Nicole Fautsch will get points in the shot put and discus β€” she was fourth in the Big Nine in the shot and fifth at section and third in the discus at the Big Nine and fourth at section. Where do you put Tori Thompson, who will try the triple jump this year? She made it to the state in the long jump and won that event at both the Big Nine and Section 1AA. Thompson is also a solid discus thrower and the team's best high jumper. And she also runs the 200. Milkela Janisch was the top pole vaulter but is out due to knee surgery. Prabhjot Singh has potential in the pole vault. Top hurdlers are Maddie Woodford, Sarah Taraba and Haley Mills. Sprinters include Kate Vinski, Kienna Green, Trichel Zenke, Grace Dokken, Zainab Mustapha, Kenyatte Kruetzfeldt and Megan Paul.

Coach's quote:One goal is to improve over last year's conference finish and eighth place at the section into the middle of the pack. Also, we would like to get five athletes to qualify for the state meet. β€” Pam Davick.

ROSTER

Seniors: Ashan Barnaba,

Juniors:Elizabeth Frei,Jacqueline Hambrick, Karley Dyer, Kierra Walske, Kirsten Krull, Kierra Walske, Prabhjot Singh, Sarah Taraba, Tori Thompson.

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Sophomores:Abigail LaCroix, Acingoth Mabor, Allison Tieman, Andrea Stensland, Brenna Sharp, Emma Christensen, Erin Baba-Lola, Grace Dokken, Haley Mills, Jenna Milligan, Kate VInski, Kenyatta Kruetzfeldt, Kieanna Green, Lauren Heaton, Megan Paul, Michaela Nelson, Nicole Fautsch, Sandra Bitashimwa, Sara Burnap, Zainab Mustapha.

Freshmen:Angellynn Nhean, Bailey Squires, Brittney Knutson, Carmen Kaase, Claire Mitchell, Gano Jiru, Grace Hugeback, Haarini Soorya Stidhar, Hannah Degener, Hannah Knapp, Hannah Morehart, Ihsan Idy, Julia Geske, Madeline Marker, Madeline Woodford, Marissa Doop, Maryjo Ekhoff, Rachel Glazier, Rachel Tomasek, Sarah Sands, Trichel Zenke.

Eighth-graders:Abbey Kellner, Alisa Ta, Arianna Swenson, Ava Masterpole, Carol Morales, Cassie Mullenbach, Cindy Nguyen, Daphne Langer, Hannah Reinschmidt, Hannah Rowland, Kate Andrews, Kellie Vinski, Kyry Preap, Manjari Majumdar, Mikayla Jones, Molly McDevitt, Nadea Sabry, Sarah Walters, Sierra Harrison.

Seventh-graders:Agoum Mabor, Olivia Haddock, Samantha Ewiah.

SCHEDULE

April 17 β€” at Faribault (Austin), 4:30 p.m.

April 22 β€”at Mankato East (Mankato West, 4:30 p.m.

April 29 β€”at Winona (Owatonna, Albert Lea), 4:30 p.m.

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May 6 β€”at Section True Team (Lakeville North), 3:30 p.m.

May 13 β€”All-City Invitational (John Marshall), 4:30 p.m.

May 15 β€”at Northfield Invitational (Carlton), 3:45 p.m.

May 16 β€”at True Team State.

May 23 β€”at Big Nine Conference (Austin), 10:30 a.m.

May 29, 31 β€”at Section 1AA (Lakeville South).

June 6-7 β€”at Class AA State (Hamline University).

LOURDES EAGLES

Head coach: Jerome Garry (fifth year as head coach, 35 years of coaching).

Assistant coaches:Steve Strickland (sprint), Ryan Freidhoff (throws), John DeStazio (hurdles), Scott Helt (distance), Andy Poterucha (jumps). Volunteers, David Brandt (assistant pole vault), Emma Zahn (assistant sprints). Junior high, Katie Stinson, Sarah Limpert, Andy Poterucha.

Last year:HVL, third (94 points), Section 1A, 10th (40 points).

Letterwinner winners lost:Shannon Strickland, Krissy Resman, Becca Mehling.

Letterwinners returning:Twelve, including HVL all-conference Angela Patel, Mallory Adamson and Grace Dearani.

Outlook:Looking good. Seven of the top 10 scorers return. The numbers are the highest in five years and appears there is enough depth to contend for a conference, true team and section title. Letterwinners returning include Lisa Bjork (hurdles, sprints, relays), Gracie Caraballo (sprints, relays), Angela Patel (hurdles, sprints, jumps), Riley Dison (pole vault), Mallory Adamson (sprints, middle distance), Grace Dearani (sprint, relays), Catherine Degen (distance), Meghan Patel (sprints, jumps), Michaela Thompson (throws), Lizzy Bauer (distance), Claire Ziller (middle distance) and Gabby Williams (distance).

Coach's quote:We are extremely excited about our overall numbers – nearly 150 in grades 7-12. We also have some outstanding quality athletes. We need to get in shape, stay healthy and compete to the best of our abilities. β€” Jerome Garry

ROSTER

Seniors: Andreza Fiorin da Silva, Angela Patel, Gracie Caraballo, Katherine Canan, Lisa Bjork, Riley Dison.

Juniors:Alexis Caples, Catherine Degen, Grace Dearani, Juliete Suarez, Mallory Adamson.

Sophomores: Brianna Winkels, Carley Hickey, Carol Dao, Brianna Winkels, Carley Hickey, Carol Dao, Claire Ziller, Emily Mayerle, Gabby Williams, Katie Helt, Lizzy Bauer, Meghan Patel, Michaela Thompson, Tina Wang, Toni Kunkel-Billig.

Freshmen:Alison Kielty, Amanda Pardi, Ana Bonilla, Annelise Paulik, Brooke Horstman, Annelise Paulik, Brooke Horstman, Elise Berning, Erica Dettinger, Erin Leary, Grace Bigler, Katie Kooistra, Marrie Beiswanger, Megan Lenss, Mia Magnotto, Matasha Spinler, Noelle Brown, Rebecca Handley, Sydney Allison, Theresa Eckel.

Seventh-graders:Anna Braun.

SCHEDULE

April 10 β€” at Hayfield, 4:30 p.m.

April 17 β€”at Triton, 4:30 p.m.

April 22 β€”at Cannon Falls Invitational, 4 p.m.

May 1 β€”at Byron Invitational, 4:30 p.m.

May 6 β€”at True Team Section (Winona, Paul Giel Field), 3 p.m.

May 10 β€”at HVL Conference (Cannon Falls), 10:30 a.m.

May 13 β€”at All-City (John Marshall), 4 p.m.

May 16 β€”at Triton, 4:30 p.m.

May 21 β€”at Section 1A Subsection (Lake City), 4 p.m.

May 27, 29 β€”at Section 1A (Winona, Paul Giel Field), 4 p.m.

June 6-7 β€”at Class A State (Hamline University).

MAYO SPARTANS

Head coach: Brett Carroll (11th season). Distance coach.

Assistant coaches:Donny Holcomb (hurdles), Jerry Aakre (jumps), Eric Bishop (jumps), Jake Brettin (head JV, jumps), Jonnie Bryant (sprints), Michael Dusso (throws), Jacqueline Kane (long sprints), CJ Woods (jumps), Dan Larson (pole vault).

Last year:Big Nine, fifth (103 points); Section 1AA, sixth (34 points). State qualifiers: Sarah Wade (200), 800 relay (Sarah Wade, Megan Giefer, Hannah Larson, Lynn Kelly).

Outlook:Sprints and relays look tough, as the returning runners are faster than last year. New faces to look for are freshman Kayley Josephs and eighth-grader Maddie King. Top sprinters are Sarah Wade, Lexis Riley, Hannah Larson, Olivia Korngable and Callie Swensen. The Spartans feature a pair of top throwers in Ashlee Halstead and Lynnea Lehmeirer. Halstead is a potential 40-footer in the shot and Lehmeirer could go over 100-feet in the discus.

Coach's quote:Ashlee Halstead is a completely different person coming into this season. I see her having a huge season, and she has been motivating the others in that group. β€” Brett Carroll.

ROSTER

Seniors:Aleksanra Jankowska, Ashlee Halstead, Cristina Marcantoni, Laura Cattaneo, Lynnea Lehmeier, Mackenzie Sedlack, Rikke Mathiesen, Sarah Wade,

Juniors:Anna Krause, Celia Bizien, Chiara Vercellone, Claire Hansel, Hannah Larson, Kathryn Megerian, Kristen Giefer, Macy Moen, McKenna Ryan, Natalie Culp, Nicole Pauley, Nikita Daly, Shreya Nayar,

Sophomores:Abby Bumstead, Allison Dobie, Anna Coleman, Anna Winter, Callie Swensen, Chantel Powell, Claire Thomas, Elena Cattaneo, Emma Vlahakis, Grace Perrone, Jordan (Jo Jo) Gunn, Kathryn Maas, Kathy Hillier, Lacey Roberts, Lexis Riley, Lillian Priebe, Lindsey Greenlund, Macie McKinley, Megan Gulino, Molly Hammes, Rebecca Schmitz.

Freshmen:Anna Hammell, Ashley Hoover, Ashley Louks, Audrey Schmidt, Brett Lovgren, Brie Rinden, Brooke Haskins, Christie Greason, Christie Ruales, Hannah Stelley, Kayley Josephs, Kaylyn Irvin-Marcinak, Kiarra Harden, Maia Daly, McKenna Gaalswyk, Min-Loo Lee, Natali Sorajja, Olivia Korngable, Torrea Johnson.

Eighth-graders:Alayna Castro, Althea Kuzniewski, Anika Evers, Anna Thompson, Claudia Bell, Courtney Megerian, Damask Grinnell, Elisabeth Stelley, Elizabeth Sorenson, Emma Firstbrook, Esthi Erickson, Greta Van Loon, Hailey McKinley, Jade Boyen, Jennifer Clark, Jennifer Giefer, Jessica Johnston, Joely Kleven, Karlie Evans, Kathryn Neff, Kaycee Taylor, Lauren Netzel, Lauren Rho, Madison King, Maeve Cameron, Micalyn Maier, Olivia Baratz, Olivia McPherson, Rebecca Black, Savannah Vold, Shea Hansen, Sophie Butterfass.

Seventh-graders:Abigail Browning, Amalin Sorajja, Anneliese Pollasky, Brooke Biltoft, Clara Billings, Emma Trncic, Fiona Ehling, Gloria Eung-Heng, Kailee Johnson, Kate Williamson, Kelsey Menges, Lainee Mendoza, Laura Schmidt, Madeline Butrum, Michele Reynolds, Olivia Jensen, Payton Scripture, Sophie Truesale.

SCHEDULE

April 17 β€” at Owatonna (Mankato East (Owatonna), 4:30 p.m.

April 22 β€”Winona, Albert Lea, Austin, 4:30 p.m.

April 26 β€”at Austin Invitational, 10 a.m.

April 29 β€”at Mankato West (Faribault), 4:30 p.m.

May 6 β€”at Section True Team (Lakeville North), 3:30 p.m.

May 13 β€”at All-City Invitational (John Marshall), 4:30 p.m.

May 16 β€”at True Team State.

May 23 β€”at Big Nine Conference (Austin), 10:30 a.m.

May 29, 31 β€”at Section 1AA (Lakeville South).

June 6-7 β€”at Class AA State (Hamline University).

SCHAEFFER ACADEMY

Coach: James Bolin (fourth year).

Assistant coaches:Rob Mitchell, Abe Dockter.

Last year:Qualified the 3200 relay team for state, the first state entrant in school history. They were timed in 9:57.

Outlook:On the upswing. Letterwinners back include Ruth Johnson, Julia Furst, Kate Beech, Katie Eidem, Kristen Peterson, Kaitlin Fry, Molly Doda and Rose Doda. Three members of the 3200 relay team return. The other member of the team β€” Elsa Paradis β€” transferred to Century. Another transfer lost is Jens Ackerman. Top performers will be Rose Doda (800), Kristen Peterson (1600) and Katie Eidem (200, 400, 800). Eidem finished fourth in the Section 1A 400 as an eighth grader while Peterson qualified for the section finals in the 1600. Both were members of the 3200 relay. The team strength will be distance running. There is only one senior.

Coach's quote:Schaeffer has qualified at least one event for the state meet in six of the past seven seasons (2012 was the only year since 2007 that no one qualified) despite having zero track facilities. β€” James Bolin.

ROSTER

Seniors: Carol Cheng, Molly Doda,

Juniors:Rose Doda.

Sophomores:Kaitlin Fry, Kristen Peterson,

Freshmen:AnaLiv Bell, Emily Harris, Grace Cheng, Julia Furst, Kate Beech, Katie Eidem, Ruth Johnson.

Eighth-graders:Abby Orvis, Ella Kaufman, Jaydyn Ohr,

Seventh-graders:Olivia Harris.

SCHEDULE

April 11 β€” at Plainview-Elgin-Millville, 4:30 p.m.

April 17 β€”at Plainview-Elgin-Millville, 4:30 p.m.

April 22 β€”at Vern Herman (Plainview-Elgin-Millville), 4 p.m.

April 29β€” at Grand Meadow/Leroy-Ostrander/Southland, 4:30 p.m.

May 6 β€”at Section True Team, 3 p.m.

May 13 β€” at All-City Invitational (John Marshall), 4:30 p.m.

May 15 β€” at Plainview-Elgin-Millville, 4:30 p.m.

May 22 β€”at Sub-Section One, Class A.

May 27, 29 β€”at Section 1A.

June 6-7 β€”at Class A State (Hamline University).

AUSTIN PACKERS

Head coach: Nancy Jones (starting her 14th year).

Assistant coaches:Lynn Gulbrandson (throws), Jennier Hillger (distance), Pete Walker (pole vault), Jeremy Wilson (horizontal jumps).

Last year:Big Nine, seventh (96 points); Section 1AA, seventh (33 points); State qualifiers: Carolyn Hackel (100, 200) and Abby Snater (pole vault).

Letterwinners lost:Twelve, MaKenzie Besel (distance), Carley Grunewald (sprints), Helen Heimark (distance), Emily Jensen (throws), Nicole Lipari (sprints, long jump), Sam Maloney (sprints), Emily McAlister (sprints), Lindsey McAlister (throws), Taylor Miland (throws), Karyn Potach (middle distance), Abby Snater (pole vault, high jump, triple jump), Haley Splinter (sprints, middle distance).

Returning letterwinners:Carolyn Hackel (sprints), Kendall Hackensmith (hurdles), Haley Tigner (sprints), Madison Overby (distance), Paiton Schwab (distance), Rachel Quandt (pole vault, hurdles, high jump), Paige Raymond (hurdles), Ochudo Cham (distance)

Outlook:Young. There are only three seniors, and only two of them were out last season. Two big losses were Abby Snater and Haley Splinter. The strength will be in the distance events; the Packers won the Big Nine cross country championship last fall behind Madison Overby and Paiton Schwab. Strong group of hurdlers include Rachel Quandt, Kendall Hackensmith and Paige Raymond. The throwers are young β€” sophomores and under β€” but they are showing promise. Sprint areas lack depth but Carolyn Hackel is back and is one of the best sprinters in the state. Hackel will also compete as a long jumper. Quandt also is a pole vaulter and Hackensmith a high jumper. Amber Hansen, a freshman, threw over 30 feet in the shot put last year. She is also a hurdler.

Coach's quote:Girls enthusiastic and fun to work with. We will be hosting Big Nine Conference meet this year and hoping to have a good showing at our home track. β€” Nancy Jones.

ROSTER

Seniors:Kristine Snyder, Marissa Schleusner, Meridith Fritz, Ochudo Cham, Olive McDermott.

Juniors:Alex Hansen, Carolyn Hackel, Fabiana LaRocca, Haley Tignor, Keely Zynda, Kendall Hackensmith.

Sophomores:Abana Lual, Abby Collins, Ashley Harrington, Caitling Gordan, Carissa Hogfeldt, Francina Rocamora, Jennifer Bogle, Jessica White, Justice Tabor, Katelyn Hillson, Katlynn Schmick, Korman Olayi, Madison Overby, Mary Ogak, Nicole Schoen, Olivia Leuer, Rachel Quandt, Sabila Gage, Sarah Eich, Sarah Willrodt, Tori Hepler, Yamen Opiew.

Freshmen:Abby Deyo, Amber Hansen, Anneliese Odermann, Jada Delgado, Karly Novy, Kassandra Fate, Madelyn Fryer, Miranda Bergman, Odongonga Oballa, Paige Raymond, Samantha Grunewald, Summer Halsey, Tressie Kinney.

Eighth-graders:Hannah Alberts, Isabel Leuer, Jennigfer Boyle, Paiton Schwab, Sydney Marsh.

Seventh-graders:Abigail Lewis.

SCHEDULE

April 1 β€” at Faribault Invitational, 4:30 p.m.

April 17 β€”John Marshall, Faribault, 4:30 p.m.

April 22 β€”at Mayo (Winona, Albert Lea), 4:30 p.m.

April 24 β€”at Stewartville Invitational, 4 p.m.

April 26 β€”Austin Packer Invitational, 10 a.m.

April 29 β€”at Century (Mankato East), 4:30 p.m.

May 1 β€”at Mankato East Invitational, 4 p.m.

May 6 β€”at Section True Team (Lakeville North), 3:30 p.m.

May 13 β€”at Mankato West (Owatonna), 4:30 p.m.

May 16 β€”at True Team State.

May 23 β€”at Big Nine Conference (Austin), 10:30 a.m.

May 29, 31 β€”at Section 1AA (Lakeville South).

June 6-7 β€”at Class AA State (Hamline University).

β€” Paul Christian

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