The Lourdes Academy girls track and field team has been led the past few season by their strength in the distance events.
And this year seems to be no different for the Knights as they will again sport a deep and talent distance crew in the upcoming season.
“We are excited about this season,” Knights coach Tim Moore said. “We have a good distance crew as always.”
The mile and 2-mile events should be the Knights strongest this season with the trio of Abby Moore, Maeve McDonald and Nora Keller holding those two events down throughout the season.
Their middle distance crew might also be as good with Allison Resop, Maddy Reed and Crystal Combs solidifying the 400- and 800-meter events.
But what might be different about this year’s Knights squad is the depth at not only those positions in which they have been good in in the past but depth throughout their lineup.
That starts with Mady Engstrom, who as already shown her assets in the shot put in the indoor season for the Knights and will be key in the throws and sprints when the teams get outside.
Moore is also excited about what he has in the sprints and relays. He feels his squad, with the all-around depth, is ready to compete at the top of the Trailways Conference yet again.
“We are deeper in every event,” he said. “We are definitely expecting to be contending for another girls conference championship.”
Not only do the Knights expect to be strong in the conference portion of the season, they definitely think that they can aim higher.
“We want to be running strong in the championship part of the season,” Moore said. “We are looking to be competitve at regionals and sectionals as well.”
The Wildcats return two state individual qualifiers and a relay on this year’s squad.
Jackie Butler and Emily Reichenberger are the two returning individual state qualifiers. Butler qualified in the 100-meter hurdles, while Reichenberger made it in the 100-meter dash.
Reichenberger was also a member of the 800-meter relay team alond with Ally Ryan, Alanna Williams and Maddie Leske, all of whom are back again this season and should be key point getters for Oshkosh West.
The Wildcats also look to be good in the jumps, especially in high jump, where both Alison Williams and Alyssa Weiler have clearded five feet in the early part of the season.
West also has some incoming young talent that could fill in depth for a team that is looking to bump up a spot in the Fox Valley Association conference.
“We want to get points in every event,” West coach Pat Pakula said. “We are poised and capable of being that kind of team. We want to be in the top four of conference and that is how you gain ground.”
The Spartans will be led by their sprinting group, headed by senior Julie Beekman.
Sophomores Olivia Seeley and Brittany Kluck also look to be key scorers in the sprints.
North will also have a solid distance group with juniors Ashley Schoen and Michaela Welsh.
The Spartans will be looking to improve throughout the season and to be competitive come the championship season.
Returning state qualifier Moira Kilgas will lead a talented Foxes team poised to be near the top of the Flyway Conference at the end of the year.
Kilgas qualified for state in the 300-meter hurdles last seasona and also runs the 100-meter hurdles and the sprint relays for the Foxes.
Catalina Beriau also looks to be a key point getter for Omro this season in both the 800-meter and 400-meter events.
Anna Hogan, Courtney Van Damme and Lakyn Bosquez will also be strong for the Foxes in the jumping events.
Omro hopes that these girls can help them compete near the top of the conference all season.
First year coach Ben Hommerding will lead a young team this season for the Wolves.
Returning from last season who will be key cogs for Winneconne’s team is thrower Ashleigh Jones, who had a good season in 2012.
Hannah Buyeske, a returner from Winneconne’s sectional relay team, will be one of the main sprinters for the Wolves this season.
Hommerding sees lots of talent in his younger athletes as well and hopes that they will step up through the season, fill some holes left in graduation and keep the Wolves competitve in the Eastern Valley Conference.
The Indians return plenty of key performers from last season and hope that their experience will lead them to a strong finish.
They will be led by Kinsey Harmon, who was a state qualifier last year, in the distance events and Jenna Horn, who qualified for state in the triple jump.
Claudia Rocca has also been impressive in the early season and will be a key point getter in the jumps and hurdles for Berlin.
The Indians will also look to seniors Hannah speers and Becca Wenig in the springs and Callie Walker and Laura Trochinski in the throws to help round out their squad.
The Tigers will have plenty of talent to compete in the tough EVC.
It’s starts with Kiana Platte in the high hurdles for the Tigers, who will aslo be looking to move into a field event or two.
Ripon will also have plenty of talent in their middle distances with Theresa Kasper, Amy Hutchings, Laura Lyke and Brianna Davis looking to score in those events.
Coach Chris Gatzke looks to finish in the top half of the conference and possibly higher if some of his incoming talent can step into some spots.