Clermont Northeastern will have to contend with the likes of Bethel-Tate, Blanchester and Georgetown this season. The last two came in second and third, respectively, behind Williamsburg last season.
However, Rockets’ head coach Pat Rexroat has a nice mix of athletes returning to the oval this season, and hopes they will spread the points more evenly when it comes to the conference meet.
CNE returns junior Kaitlin Reece, who is back after taking her sophomore year off. She was a regional finalist at 400 meters as a freshman. Fellow junior Jenna Mummert returns as well.
Mummert took fourth place in the high jump in the state meet last season. Her biggest competition in the state meet, should she get there again, appears to be Clyde High School’s state champion Paula Wollenslegel.
Rexroat said thrower Elliot Durbin will be near the top of the division in the shot and discus.
On May 6, CNE will host 20 schools for the Southern Ohio Classic. There were 15 schools in the event last year.
Fellow Southern Buckeye Athletic and Academic Conference member Goshen has improved from what it has been in years past, according to head coach Jack Bailey.
The coach said the Warriors should have some good individual performances this season. Seniors Makayla Dean and Natalie Taulbee, sophomore Anna Dowd and transfer student Mariah Vernon will lead Goshen.
Dean brings experience to the shot put and discus and Taulbee is much-improved in the hurdles. Bailey said Dowd should do well in the sprints and the high jump.
He said Vernon has great potential down the road as sprinter for this team.
Much like its male counterparts, Bailey said the girls’ success will depend on how they develop over the course of the season.
“Our success will be determined by how our young athletes mature,” he said.
Milford came in fifth place in the Eastern Cincinnati Conference meet last season, accumulating 58 points.
The Eagles had Aunjela Latham and Lauren Best receive honors from the conference. Latham was a first-team performer in the high jump and Best was honorable mention in the 800-meter run.
No further information was available as of press time. The Eagles are coached by Tracy Adams
The McNicholas girls track and field team has built a pedigree.
For the past eight seasons, the Rockets have finished first or second at the district meet. Even with graduating two district champions, Catherine Adams and Megan Schaefer, coach Kyle Jepson believes they will be in that mix again.
“We graduated two district champions and almost our entire distance team,” he said. “But, we have underclassmen ready to step up and field those roles.”
The Rockets are counting on senior hurdler Ericka Kaimer, juniors Emily Tekulve, a sprinter, and Beth Simmons, distance, and sophomores Morgan Vogler and Megan Rack.
McNick opened the season March 31 by hosting the Coaches Classic.
ATHLETES TO WATCH
Clermont Northeastern junior Jenna Mummert: Took fourth in the high jump in the state meet, could be one of the event’s favorites this season.
Goshen seniors Makayla Dean adn Natalie Taulbee: Dean brings experience to the shot and discus and Taulbee is much-improved in the hurdles.