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April 1, 2013

2013 Star Beacon High School Girls Track Preview: Girls appear set for big seasons

Several area squads could vie for league titles this spring

— It should be another interesting season of girls track in 2013.

The Pymatuning Valley Lakers will look to finally knock off Maplewood for the Northeastern Athletic Conference crown for the first time in four years, while the Grand Valley Mustangs have similar ideas.

Independents Conneaut and Edgewood look to have extremely talented and deep rosters, albeit young ones.

Geneva looks to kick the injury bug that plagued it last year and move to the head of the Premier Athletic Conference.

Meanwhile, Madison and it’s expanding program and Riverside both look to challenge for the top of the Premier Athletic Conference.

Lakeside hopes to figure in that mix as well as it has a nice blend of youth and veterans.

Jefferson returns much of its talent and will look to improve in its second year in the All-American Conference

The following is a breakdown of each team in the Star Beacon’s coverage area and how each coach feels about the 2013 season:

Conneaut

Spartans coach Mike Trinko returns for his 16th year as coach of Conneaut and will lead a young, but talented group of Spartans this season.

Trinko knows he has plenty of youth, but likes what he sees.

“We have a strong group of sophomores and a few talented freshmen this year to build on along with some very good returning upperclassmen letterwinners,” he said. “We still need to stay healthy because of small overall numbers but look forward to seeing how this group develops.”

While he has a strong group of underclassmen, Conneaut returns plenty of upperclassmen led by five seniors — Sierra Ford (sprints), Kayla Ingram (jumps),  Mikahla Passmore (sprints), Rebecca Tisdale (distance) — and juniors Brooke Bennett (middle distance-jumps) and Jessica Lynch (distance).

Like all spring sports at the moment, Trinko said his team is looking forward to getting outside.

“Been a hard spring so far and can’t wait to get outside,” he said. “We are looking forward to a great year!”

Supplementing the upperclassmen are six sophomores who lettered last year — Angela Cole (throws), Keeley Cole (middle distance-distance), Casey Gurto (hurdles), Kira Hall (middle distance-distance), Alexi Millard (distance), McKenzie Powell (sprints) — as well as a trio of freshmen Trinko believes can contribute in Taqylor Gritzer (jumps-sprints), Kaity Poff (sprints-hurdles) and Jessica Thompson (distance).

The Spartans still have no conference to contend in, but Trinko said they’ll work to be running their best times at the end of the season.

“No conference so we are aiming toward peaking at the all-county meet and district meet and hopefully, beyond!” he said.

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