In his fifth season with the Pirates, coach Layne Richards is excited about the prospects of what Perry returns this season.
Back are seniors Dana Crofoot (jumps-sprints), Kayla Cool (PV) and Rhanna Crittle (jumps-sprints).
Joining them are juniors Lillian Headrich (throws), Marissa Sell (distance) and sophomore distance runners Cecilia Hardy and Maddie Dew.
“We are very excited for our seniors and have many returning letter winners that will make a big impact on the track,” he said.
The Pirates will have to contend in the always strong Chagrin Valley Conference.
Richards believes his sprints and jumps will be at the top of the class in the CVC with the distance runners and throwers being competitive, as well.
“Our sprints and jumps will be really strong and our distance and throws always compete well at the conference,” he said.
Jeff Petrilli steps in his first season as the Lakers coach.
Although he has a relatively large group of returning lettermen, Petrilli believes he has a young group that will need some seasoning as the year goes on.
“I have a team that is green and not well developed,” he said. “Success is going to come from hard work and developing skills for their events.”
Back are seniors Geena Gabriel (sprints-LJ), Savannah Kirby (HJ-sprints) and thrower Lauren Lipps.
Returning from the junior class are distance runners Allison Crouch and Abby Hamilton, thrower Abby Pfrenger and middle distance runner Rebecca Dillon.
The sophomore class is the biggest in terms of returning lettermen as middle distance runners Kat Hall, Megan Lower, Katlyn Marsh, Ashley Ray and distance runner Saydi Lappe all return.
While he said his team needs development, Petrilli does believe they can contend for a NAC title.
“I feel that we have better athletes than last year’s team which should allow us to contend for the league championship,” he concluded.
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