There is a lot of talent that will be gracing Racine County tracks this year.
The Waterford High School girls track and field team is just one county team look to make a big push this year. Led by All-County Athlete of the Year Haleigh Reindl, the Wolverines should be very competitive in the Southern Lakes Conference.
The Wolverines look to be the cream of the county crop, but other teams such as Horlick, Prairie and Burlington will look to continue to have success as well.
Here is a closer look at each county team:
COACH: Jessica Brooks, first season (replaces Nick Sturycz).
LAST SEASON: Finished sixth in SEC Meet; fifth at WIAA Division 1 Waterford Regional, eighth at Mukwonago Sectional.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Seniors — Jasmina Scekic, Angel Varner. Juniors — Jada Peterson, Janessa Trevino. Sophomores — Jaylyn Farr.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Brooks said Scekic, who finished third in pole vault at regionals, will look to build off her season for the Eagles, who also return Farr and Trevino to anchor relay teams. Brooks will lean on these three to lead this team in her first year. Freshman Kaitlyn Francis, who qualified for the state cross country meet last fall, will add quality depth.
COACH: Lorenzo Venegas, fifth season.
LAST SEASON: Won the Racine County Invitational, third in the SEC Meet, third at the WIAA Division 1 Waterford Regional, fifth in the Mukwonago Sectional, scored points at WIAA State Meet.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Seniors — Sydney Pitrof (middle distance), Ashli Price (sprints), Megan Sollman (middle distance, long sprints, jumps), Grace Tempesta (throws). Juniors — Amaya Jerdee (sprints/jumps), Naudiya Tye (hurdles), Makayla White (sprints/jumps). Sophomores — Elizabeth Corona (throws), Kelonya Edwards (sprints), Olivia Pitrof (middle distance), Jenna Turner (long sprints/middle distance).
WHAT TO LOOK FOR: The Rebels have a lot of top talent returning, along with several promsing newcomers. The Pitrof sisters and Turner placed first in the regional meet and second at the sectional. Along with those three, the Rebels return all four runners from the 4x200 relay — Edwards, Sollman, Jerdee and White — that went to state and will look to build off another strong season.
COACH: Glenn Schultz, third season.
LAST SEASON: Eighth in SEC Meet, seventh at WIAA Division 1 Waterford Regional, 11th at Mukwonago Sectional.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Seniors — Caitlyn Mertins (throws), Zola Peterson (throws). Juniors — Aliyah George (sprints), Jade Griffin (jumps, sprints), Mya James (sprints), Victoria Jones (hurdles), Alaya Mayfield (throws), Pearline Moss (high jump), Jada Tye (jumps, sprints). Sophomore — Heaven Hartsfield (distance).
WHAT TO LOOK FOR: The Panthers return two players with state experience (Moss and James) and will look to make some big strides this year. Schultz said Griffin, Tye and Jones will lead the way in the short relays, plus they are very versatile and can score in many events. Schultz will also look to three newcomers to help push this team to the next level.
SOUTHERN LAKES CONFERENCE
COACH: Jason Bousman, third season.
LAST SEASON: Fourth in SLC Meet, eighth at WIAA Division 1 Lake Geneva Badger Regional.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Seniors — Shauna Drew (800), Rebecca Ehlen (800), Jaclyn Garwood (throws), Holly Reynolds (throws). Juniors — Mollie Fox (pole vault, triple jump, 400), Jesse Garwood (long jump, sprints), Kelsey Gelden (800, 1600), Emma Langley (triple jump, distance), Grace Peyron (sprints, long/high jump), Isabelle Roe (hurdles). Sophomores — Amy Banken (high jump/300 hurdles), Meghan Harris (800, 1600), Anya Kolano (400, long jump), Sarah Korducki (throws), Trinity Northrop (sprints), Mattie Stutzman (sprints), Paige Taylor (throws), Megan Way, (400, 200).
WHAT TO LOOK FOR: The Demons are rebuilding this year with a ton of promising young talent, Bousman said. Peyron, Garwood and Reynolds lead the way for the Burlington and will push hard to get to the state meet. “As we rebuild the female side of the program, we are expecting great things out of these young athletes,” Bousman said.
Union Grove Broncos
COACH: Mike Mikula, eighth season.
LAST SEASON: Finished eighth at WIAA Division 1 Waterford Regional.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (not all events available): Seniors — Audrey Black (sprints), Hannah Bounds (high jump), Brandi Fitzpatrick, Abby Martin (distance), Morgan Traughber. Juniors — Ashton Horenziak, Terra McMahon (sprints, long jump). Sophomore — Riley Calouette.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR: The Broncos have pretty good numbers this season and Mikula and his staff are expecting some nice things from the group. Led by Bounds, who was first-team All-County last year, the Broncos have many returning athletes and newcomers who should contribute.
COACH: Michele Sittig, fourth season.
LAST SEASON: Second in SLC meet, fourth at WIAA Division 1 Waterford Regional, sixth at Mukwonago Sectional.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Seniors — Alyssa Rohner (distance), Haleigh Reindl (middle distance), Lauren Muffick (sprints, pole vault). Juniors — Emma Karpinski (sprints), Abigail Kaul (throws), Miranda Meyers (sprints, high jump), Shaelyn Mullins (distance), Emily Nicholls (hurdles, high jump), Ellie Werner (hurdles, jumps). Sophomores — Annie Benavides (sprints), Olivia Busch (sprints, jumps), Priscilla Gasiorowski (high jump), Kayla Heinze (pole vault), Ryann Mullins (distance), Jayda Obluck (distance), Katelyn Puetz (middle distance), Cassandra Questad (hurdles), Elizabeth Sutherland (sprints).
WHAT TO LOOK FOR: The Wolverines, who have 70 girls out for track, return a lot of top talent and could find themselves atop the SLC at the end of the year. Look for Reindl, who finished second in the Division 1 800 meters at the WIAA State Meet, to lead this talented team to new heights. Sittig is looking to Reindl and her fellow seniors to provide leadership.
METRO CLASSIC CONFERENCE
Catholic Central Lady Toppers
COACH: Rick Koceja, second season.
LAST SEASON: Sixth in MCC, third in WIAA Division 3 Burlington Regional.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Senior — Mikelle Miles (throws). Juniors — Emma Klein (sprints, high jump), Elizabeth Klein (sprints, high jump), Ashley Novasic (throws), Ellie Nevin (sprints). Sophomore — Abigail Sheehan (sprints).
WHAT TO LOOK FOR: The Lady Toppers return a solid group of runners, including a state qualifier in Elizabeth Klein, and could make some noise this season. Koceja will look to his experienced runners to lead the way and expects seven new athletes to contribute. Koceja is already very impressed with his team’s chemistry and work ethic.
COACH: Kathleen Rooney, fourth season.
LAST SEASON: Fourth at MCC meet; seventh at the WIAA Division 2 Whitewater Regional.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Seniors — Jnae Thompson (sprints, jumps), Camille Cruise (throws). Juniors — Marielle Banco (distance), Anna Peterson (hurdles). Sophomores — Katie Jester (hurdles), Ayanna Crenshaw (sprints).
WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Rooney will look to her experienced members to lead a fairly young team. Banco will look to have another strong season in distance as she placed third in the 800 meters at the MCC Meet and third in the 1600 at sectionals. Rooney said two newcomers, runners Cheyanne Vinson and Maddy Yde, should contribute right away.
Racine Lutheran Crusaders
COACH: Paul Tuskowski, second season.
LAST SEASON: Ninth at the MCC Meet, fourth in the WIAA Division 3 Burlington Regional.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Senior — Danielle Moore (sprints, relays). Juniors — Jayden Davis (long jump, relay), Sarah Troop (discus, hurdles), Amaya Driver (sprints), Bailey Seidel (hurdles, long jump). Sophomore — Anna Walker (hurdles, long jump).
WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Tuskowski looks to rebound from last year. Fifteen girls make up the team, led by Natalie and Jillian Rosborough, Hannah Mains and Anna Janke, who set a school record in the 4x800-meter relay indoors at the Lake Michigan Invitational last month. He expects newcomers Marina Contreras and Emily Goettl to contribute right away.
St. Catherine’s Angels
COACH: Tom Scheller, 10th season.
LAST SEASON: Seventh at MCC Meet, ninth at WIAA Division 2 Whitewater Regional.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Senior — Tiana Marshall (sprints). Junior — Natalia Reyes (sprints). Sophomore — Erin McCauley (sprints).
WHAT TO LOOK FOR: This a small team by the numbers, but Scheller looks for his team to improve every day. Scheller hopes to get as many athletes as possible in scoring position for the MCC meets as well as sectionals. He will look to lone senior Marshall to lead this young team.