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March 29, 2014

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS TRACK 2014 — Right on track

Geneva expected to once again lead the way in the area

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Geneva

Entering his 10th season with the Eagles, coach Bobby McQuoid is looking for big things from his team in the 2014 season.

Back in the senior class are throwers Hannah Ellseworth and Anna Quickle, jumper Abby Williams and middle-distance runner Hailey VanHoy.

“Staying healthy in track and field is always a top priority,” McQuoid said. “If we stay healthy, we have a strong group of returning letter winners back that are coming off a very successful and fun 2013 season.

“Using that success, we will motivate this talented group of underclassmen to keep working hard.”

There is a bevy of talent returning in the junior and sophomore classes for Geneva this season.

Back are juniors Emily Andrus (hurdles-PV), distance runners Catherine Beisel, Julia Hanchosky and Rachael Crites, middle-distance runner Emily Deering and high jumper Riley Doherty.

From the sophomore class returns Summer Arndt (sprints-middle distance), Laura Jackam (distance), Alivia Puckrin (sprints-long jump), Desha Repko (sprints), Ally Thompson (hurdles-PV-LJ), Alyce Simoes (sprints-jumps) and distance runner Sydney VanHoy.

McQuoid knows the Premier Athletic Conference always poses a difficult challenge.

“The PAC is always a tough conference,” he said. “Chardon has a very strong program with some very talented girls. They always seem to be at the top.

“All of the other schools will have plenty of strong competitors, so the conference will again be tough all around.”

Grand Valley

Kurtis Fisher enters his fourth season in charge of the Mustangs looking to replace a few key pieces from the 2013 season, but optimistic about his team’s chances this season.

“We graduated some key athletes in Kelly Preske, Melissa Slusher and Brady Nye last year, however we return most of our team,” he said. “We look to be solid in the distance led by Tylor Whitley; solid in the springs led by Chelsea Stehlik; solid in the throws led by Savannah Bitner; and solid in the jumps led by Callie Forrest and Holly Nye.”

Also returning are sophomore sprinters Caddy Cicogna and Nicole Merlino as well as junior sprinter Chelsa McArdle.

“Our key to success this year is to push and challenge each other in practice every day to get better,” Fisher said. “Our success will be a result of how hard we work in practice.”

After finishing fifth in the Northeastern Athletic Conference last season, Fisher is hoping this group has a chance to win the league.

“Our goal this year is to win the NAC championship,” he said. “We will have our hands full with Maplewood and Pymatuning Valley at the top of the conference. Lordstown, Mathews and Badger will also have some tough competition challenging for the conference title.”

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