Outlook: The Knights are returning a vast majority of their athletes from last season, including 2018 state qualifiers in Greenwald, Hamlett and Mba. “With a couple of new additions (freshmen and other sports), they will be looking to make a statement and continue building upon a solid indoor season,” Johnson said via email.
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Coaches: Kim Palumbo, 1st year; Jacob Sanders, 1st year
Key returners: Tess Kraics, Elizabeth Mahoney, Carmen Miller, Haley Sawyers, Emma Taggart
Outlook: The Eagles are looking at larger numbers on the girls’ side this spring and return Taggart, a first-team all-countian in 2018. Burton and Pernell graduated, but Mahoney, Sawyers, and Taggart should add depth in the field events and lead the Eagles. They all experienced success during FSK’s indoor season.
Outlook: The Lions bring back a good number of state qualifiers in multiple events from last spring. Look for Burger and Hawthorne to lead in sprints and Spargo and Zietowski to command the Lions’ distance squad. “We expect to be very competitive again this year on the county level and, as always, hope to qualify a good number of athletes for the state meet,” Milewski said via email.
Outlook: The Mavericks will have a variety of talented newcomers that include Rubie Goffena, Taylor Shank, Taylor Dadds, and Maya Magana. Goffena won indoor county and regional titles in the 1,600 and 3,200 and should see similar success this spring. “Our team of girls is a hardworking, dedicated group of athletes who have started the season with optimism and strong work ethic,” Hayes said via email.
Outlook: The reigning outdoor county champions are prepared for another strong showing this spring despite graduating first-team all-countians Anderson, Chesney, Eudy, and Zolkiewicz, the Times Girls Track Athlete of the Year. Fipps, Flanigan, and O’Neill return from the all-county team to bring continued success this spring as well. “We know it is going to be a very competitive track season for the girls because all the schools are so talented,” Caparotti said via email.
Coach: Desmond Wars, 4th year
2018 county meet finish: Fourth
Next meet: April 3 vs. Liberty, SC, Man Valley, 4
Key losses: Kaleigh Harrison, Rachel Rogalski, Jordan Wagner
Key returners: Katie Devilbiss, Morgan Fique, Isabelle Gillchrist, Lydia Houle, Erin McGrath, Julia Wawrzynski, Camile White
Outlook: The Owls return a variety of talent from last year’s squad and they’re combining that with a group of skilled freshmen. Look for Fique, Gillchrist, Houle and White to command the sprints, McGrath and Wawrzyinski in distance and mid and Devilbiss in the field. “Additionally, we’ve picked up a few more athletes from the indoor squad that will make an immediate impact on the team,” assistant coach Ryan DuLaney said.
Coaches: Dan Replogle , 2nd year; Ben Brown, 2nd year
Outlook: The Falcons return Hopkins, a first team all-countian last spring who had strong cross country and indoor track seasons as well. Hopkins should lead the Falcons’ distance squad as the reigning 3,200 champion. The team will field young talent made up of several freshmen who should provide a positive impact for the Falcons as they look to improve in every event.