At New Richmond, Terri Flamm is the defending Southern Buckeye Conference-American Division Coach of the Year for guiding the Lady Lions to a league title.
She’ll have to do it this year without league Runner of the Year Olivia Behymer and Hannah Hall, state meet competitors who have graduated.
Leading the way in distance running for New Richmond is junior Claire Burns, with junior Lindsey Williams leading the sprinters. Burns is in constant motion at most meets running the 800, 1,600 and 3,200.
“She may not do the open 800, but she does do the 4×800 relay,” Flamm said of the running redhead.
Sophomore Shelbi Simpson, junior Maren Hance, junior Emily Belmont and senior Taryn Rupp add depth to the distance crew. Hance, Simpson and Belmont were first team all-league with Rupp making second team.
“It’s a small distance group, but strong,” Flamm said.
Flamm looks for competition this spring from Western Brown and Goshen in the SBAAC-American. Up ahead, New Richmond will host the New Richmond Relays April 7, then their annual Invitational April 14-15.
Williamsburg won the SBAAC National Division championship with 166 points last year.
Hope Schaljo, Dana Little and Ashley Jermer were the only non-seniors on the team who were named to the SBAAC National Division first team.
The Wildcats lose Alexis and Alyssa Donthnier, Lindsey Smith, Mallory Guess and Caley Pringle, the division’s field events athlete of the year.
The Wildcats are coached by reigning National division coach of the year Karen Healey.
Among coach Ray Prueitt’s stable of stars around the Glen Este High School oval are a pair of young jumpers that have gained some notoriety in track and field circles.
Lindsey Singleton is an accomplished hurdler and Ashley Mues not only leaps hurdles, but she catapults herself into the pole vault pit after clearing the bar with some success. Singleton made Eastern Cincinnati Conference honorable mention in the 300 intermediate hurdles last season.
Other notable performers are senior Brooklyn Reese and sophomores Olivia Reynolds and Amanda Arrasmith.
After the March 31 Kings quad meet, Glen Este will be at Blanchester April 9.
Amy Kemmer takes over as Amelia’s girls track coach and inherits a team that was fifth in the Southern Buckeye Conference-American Division.
Starters returning for the Lady Barons are seniors Victoria Grecni and Linda Ault. Grecni was fifth in the league in the 200 meters, fourth in high jump and fifth in the 400. Ault was ninth in the discus and fifth in the long jump.
Amelia is at Georgetown April 1 and will be in the New Richmond Invitational April 14-15.
It could be a down year for the Batavia Bulldogs track team.
Head coach Mike Hatfield is struggling with getting girls to come out for the team and keeping them interested. However, he does a have freshman he said to keep an eye on.
“Meghan Easterday will run the 800 and the mile,” he said. “I’ve seen some good things from her so far.”
The Bulldogs also feature Taylor and Daniell Bushman and Mike’s daughter Cati.
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
The Miami Valley Christian Academy track team is coached by Steve Krebsfanger. Seniors Molly Babb and Katie Park return as starters.
The Lady Lions won the Ohio Valley Athletic League last season led by sophomore sprinter Michelle Lee, freshman Laura Vilardo in the 1,600 and 3,200 and Ally Petty, the OVAL champ in the 1,600.
“Our program is growing,” Krebsfanger said. “We have more girls participating in track this year than ever before.”
MVCA will participate in the Deer Park Invitational on April 7. The coed squad will also be in the CCD Invitational April 11, the Reading Invitational April 24, the Seven Hills Invitational April 27, the Batavia Invitational April 29, the CHCA Invitational May 6 and CNE Invitational May 8.
ATHLETES TO WATCH
Glen Este senior Lindsey Singleton: Veteran hurdler for the Lady Trojans
Glen Este junior Ashley Mues: Hurdles and pole vaults for Coach Ray Prueitt.
New Richmond junior Claire Burns: Returning distance specialist who was SBAAC-American first team.
Amelia senior Victoria Grecni: Finished fifth in the SBAAC-American in the 200, fourth in high jump and fifth in 400.
Batavia freshman Meghan Easterday: Will run the 800 and mile for the Bulldogs.