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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

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Edgewood

Much like Conneaut, the Warriors, under first-year coach Beth Simpson, will have a roster full of youth.

“Out of the 42 girls on the outdoor team this year, I have three seniors and three juniors!” Simpson said. “I am extremely excited that I have a strong freshmen class with a ton of talent and potential joining my hard working, dedicated sophomores and led by my outstanding juniors and seniors.”

Returning upperclassmen for Edgewood are seniors Allison Hazy (long jump-sprints), Dravyn Tacket (long jump-sprints), Keegan McTrusty (distance) and juniors Autumn Hull (hurdles), Cortney Humphrey (throws) and Jasmine Schiedel (middle distance).

Joining them will be five returning sophomores — Emily Amsdell (middle distance), Michelle Gaggiano (sprints), Kirstyn Ecklund (sprints), Cortney Styzej (sprints) and Jillian Dick (throws).

After a strong indoor season throughout the winter, Simpson likes the start her team is off to in the spring.

“In the first two weeks of outdoor season already I have come to rely on my seniors and juniors to help guide and inspire this young team,” she said. “Through shared trust and clear communication I hope to take this dedicated and diligent group of true warriors toward our common goals of breaking records and becoming champions.”

Geneva

Back for his ninth season at the helm, coach Bobby McQuoid will look to guide his Eagles to the top of the PAC.

After a second-place finish in the conference last year, McQuoid knows what the key will be for Geneva.

“A key will be to stay healthy!” he said. “If we stay healthy, I believe we have a great group of upper classmen that have some serious goals this season. Add some very talented freshmen and sophomores and I believe that this season could be very fun and very successful!”

Back for the Eagles are seniors Lyndsey Armstrong (hurdles), Sarah Cooper (throws), Cami Dodge (distance), Emily O’Dell (middle distance), Natalie Thomas and juniors Hailey VanHoy (middle distance) and Abby Williams (middle distance-high jump).

Also back is a talented group of juniors in Catherine Beisel (distance), Rachel Crites (distance), Emily Deering (middle distance), Riley Doherty (middle distance-jumps), Julia Hanchosky (distance) and Rachel Harrington (sprints-pole vault).

McQuoid acknowledges that the PAC is a difficult conference to contend with and believes there are plenty of teams who will battle for a title.

“The PAC is usually a tough conference,” he said. “Chardon has a very strong program with some very talented young ladies. They always seem to be at the top. Riverside has been tough the past few years and Madison always has large numbers, with some talented ladies as well.

“The PAC competition should be good and the PAC meet should be another exciting one as well.”

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