The Wyoming girls track team was third in the Cincinnati Hills League last spring behind two-time champion Finneytown. The Cowboys last won in 2012 and have seven league titles since 2000.
Among Coach Travis Glendenning’s top returners are seniors Katie Spray and Isabella Anderson. Spray was the CHL 1,600 meters champion and a regional qualifier, with Anderson taking the CHL pole vault title and also making the regional meet.
Wyoming fields a veteran team with sophomore distance runners Terra Forsythe and Whitley Elsass being the only sophomores. The rest of the squad is juniors and seniors.
“Among girls, Danielle McKee is our most versatile sprinter, mid-distance runner and jumper,” Glendenning said.
Juniors McKee and Ashli O’Neal and senior Gabby Morris return from Wyoming’s second team CHL 4×200 relay. In the 4×800, Katie Spray is joined by juniors Annie Spray and Maddie Bahr and senior Katherine Irvine. That quartet made all-league honorable mention as did sophomore Forsythe in the 3,200.
The Cowboys boast strong depth from a successful girls cross country team in the fall.
Wyoming’s girls join the boys at the Monroe Invitational April 10.
With its only state qualifier from last season graduating, Princeton is eager for another shot at the postseason this year.
The Vikings’ 4×100 relay team just missed qualifying for the state meet last season and with seven returning starters Princeton should be in another position to run for state. Princeton coach Tyran Stallings said the Vikings should be strong in relays this season.
Princeton will be led by sophomore Marketta Beckum who can hurdle and run all the relays and senior Nikè Seay who Stallings described as a “jack of all trades” saying she can run anything from 100 to 400 and all the relays. Junior Anttanande Rodgers is a returning discus and shot put thrower. Sophomore Courtni Sorrells is another member of the relays as well as the open 200 and 400. Junior Ariane Martin is a sprinter specialist.
Much like the boys’ team, Princeton has a lot of new faces and a lot of talent in the program again. Stallings also mentioned freshman Angelica Kaylor who’s likely going to be a nice addition on the 4×400 relay and maybe an individual event.
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 eight 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 with the Coaches Classic March 31 at McNicholas.
Ursuline Academy’s track and field team seeks to build off last season’s Girls Greater Catholic League title. The Lions accumulated 137 points in that meet.
This season they lose Cayla Carey, who won titles in the 100, 200 and long jump, but it appears as though Ursuline has enough to remain competitive in the GGCL and beyond.
“We are loaded at both ends with a lot of seniors and freshmen,” head coach Dom Davolio said. “They are going to keep us competitive, especially toward the end of the season.”
The Lions return top individuals Miranda Grigas, Colleen Johnston, Grace Kelly and Christina Hallmann. Each of those girls has either regional or state experience.
Ursuline hadn’t had a meet as of March 27, so Davolio wasn’t sure if any of his athletes are approaching career or season milestones. However, he did say he was expecting big things from his team this season.
Mount Notre Dame’s track team seeks improvement after finishing at the bottom of the Girls Greater Catholic League. The Cougars do 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.
Usually, Roger Bacon coach Michael Braun is lucky if he gets 15 girls to come out and compete on the track and field team. This year, he has nearly 30, which has the Spartans looking at the season in an optimistic light.
There’s a nice group returning, of mostly underclassmen this season. Braun said he has just three seniors.
Juniors Sydnay Jackson, Mariah Johnson and Ashley Washington all return as members of the 4×100 relay team that qualified to regionals last year. Jackson and Johnson are primarily sprinters, while Washington sprints and does some middle distance running.
Seniors Destiny Cherry and Casey Niesen are returning starters. Cherry specializes in the high jump and sprint relays, while Niesen, a two-time regional qualifier, competes in the distance events. Braun said that last season, Niesen was battling injuries so they’re hoping if she stays healthy she’ll have another successful postseason.
Junior Ellyn Nichols was also hampered last year. Nichols, a high jumper and hurdler, still took fifth in the high jump at districts battling a pair strained quads.
Braun said his team is very much “young and competitive” with a lot of juniors and sophomores.
“We have a lot of strong athletes that come to work every single day and work hard,” Braun said.
ATHLETES TO WATCH
Wyoming senior Katie Spray: Has been consistent throughout her distance running career.
Wyoming senior Isabella Anderson: CHL champion pole vaulter.
Wyoming junior Danielle McKee: Versatile runner and jumper for the Cowboys.
CHCA sophomore Morgan Bradley: Jumped four feet, 10 inches in the final heat of the high jump and cleared eight feet in the pole vault in the district meet last season.
Mount Notre Dame junior Sophie Sikora: Took GGCL honors as a sprinter and jumper.
Princeton senior Nikè Seay: Very versatile, can handle sprint events and relays.
Roger Bacon junior Ellyn Nichols: Injured last season, she just missed qualifying to regionals in high jump.