Madeira only returns four or five girls with experience on a roster with only 15 girls, but those returning could make a run especially in the 4×800 relay and distance events. Last season, the Amazons’ 4×800 team qualified to regionals and all four legs of that relay return this season.
Seniors Caroline Thomas, Mallory Kline, Maddie McDonough and junior Casey Mitchell were on the 4×800 last year. Thomas will also compete in the open 800 meters. Kline and McDonough will both run the two mile and help out on the relays. McDonough was first-team Cincinnati Hill League last season in the two mile. Mitchell was also an individual regional qualifier last year in 400 meters.
“We’re relay looking at what we can accomplish from the 4×800 races up and the mile/two mile,” 10th-year coach Natalie Dragovich said. “I’m looking to see how far we can go; our goal is to progress from regionals to state.”
Madeira hasn’t had a girl qualify to state since 2009, Dragovich said.
Junior Mollie Shinkle joined the track team after a successful cross country season. Shinkle will run the mile, 800 meters and help on the distance relays.
At Indian Hill, a handful of veteran runners will help lead the chase in the CHL. Seniors Sabrina Bulas, MacKenzie Owen, Julia Sewell, Anna Renfro and junior Anna Defendiefer are among the leaders for the Lady Braves.
Renfro was part of Indian Hill’s honorable mention 4×100 relay along with sophomore Karen Folz. Folz also made honorable mention in the long jump. Sewell and senior Sara Schwanekamp were on the 4×200 relay and 4×400 relay with sophomore Sarah Borden joining in on the 4×400.
“The girls team is a hard-working and committed group of young ladies,” coach Susan Savage said. “Sabrina Bulas and MacKenzie Owen are looking very good.”
Owen had some of the top times in the league in the 800 last year, with Bulas in the 1,600. Sophomore Sydney Miles runs the 3,200.
The Lady Braves host CCD April 2. On April 7, they appear in the Madeira Invitational.
Kelsey Wood takes over as track and field coach for the Deer Park girls this season.
The Lady Wildcats are led by senior Kourtney Russell and juniors Logan Troxell and Brooke Wood. Russell is a sprinter with Troxell and Wood throwing shot put and discus.
After competing at McNicholas March 31-April 1, Deer Park moves on to the Madeira Invitational April 7-8.
Mount Notre Dame’s track team seeks improvement after finishing at the bottom of the Girls Greater Catholic League. The Cougars return a GGCL-second team 4×100 relay with juniors Sophie Sikora, Anna Rosenthal, Cahse Bauer and senior Carley Kline. Sikora also was honorable mention in the long jump.
Mike Sickles is the Cougars’ head coach.
With five district titles and six Miami Valley Conference championships since 2008, it’s safe to say that Cincinnati Country Day’s girls track team is a bona fide player in the city’s track and field landscape.
Even though the Indians lost some key athletes to graduation, head coach Steve Conner feels he has the necessary people to fill the holes.
“The thing that makes this team exciting is the number of strong sophomores and freshmen that have come out for the team,” Conner said. “The young hurdlers and field-event specialists should help cover the points we have lost to graduation.”
The Indians return top individuals in senior Kaitlin Harden and sophomore Grace Pettengill.
Harden led off the state finalist 4 X 100 relay team that came in sixth at state and a was regional qualifier in the high jump and 800.
Pettengill was a regional qualifier in the 1600 and is the team’s top returning distance runner.
The Indians add freshmen Moya Ly, Keyra English and Clarissa Conner.
Ly will be a hurdler, high jumper and run the 400. Conner also picks up three events with sprints, hurdles and pole vault. English is slated for sprints and long jump.
“It is going to be difficult beating North College Hill for the MVC title, but the amount of young talent gives us a chance,” the coach said. “With the leadership of the upperclassman, we should have another good season.”
Similar to what he said regarding the CHCA boys track and field team, Michael Coleman said his first year is about getting to know the kids he has to work with on the girls’ roster.
One athlete he pointed to is sophomore Morgan Bradley. As a freshman at the district meet last year, Bradley jumped four feet, 10 inches in the final heat of the high jump and cleared 8 feet in the pole vault.
Bradley came in sixth in the pole vault at the regional meet at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium.
She also tied the school record in the high jump at 5 feet, 2 inches at last year’s CHCA Invitational.
“She’s off to a great start in her high school career,” Coleman said.
The Eagles opened the season March 31 at McNicholas.
ATHLETES TO WATCH
Madeira’s Casey Mitchell, Caroline Thomas, Mallory Kline and Maddie McDonough: Distance runners and regional qualifiers last season eyeing state this year.
Indian Hill seniors Sabrina Bulas and MacKenzie Owen: Veteran distance runners have been singled out by Coach Susan Savage for their preseason work.
Mount Notre Dame junior Sophie Sikora: Took GGCL honors as a sprinter and long jumper.