The Wauseon girls track and field program has been on quite a run recently winning the last three Northwest Ohio Athletic League titles. They hope to make if four in a row when all is said and done.
“We are looking forward to our returning young ladies leading by example and driving the team to a successful season,” said coach Mike Colon, who is entering his second season at the helm. “Our Freshmen girls will fit in very nicely though may need some time to find the role that fits them best. I know there are some very talented girls in the league and we look forward to the competition this season.”
A key returnee for the Indians is Halen Mealer who set the school record in the 300m hurdles. Also back are Avery Giguere, Amanda Hammontree, Audry Lane, Brooke Renfer, Rylee Campbell, Karli Penrod, Aliza Dauterman, Jessica Perez and Alex Gray.
“One of our strengths this year will be our returning athletes,” explained Colon. “As a team the girls have come together with a focused and directed plan for the season. Their determination for another successful season is evident in their daily workouts.”
They will also be adding newcomers Samantha Martin, Hannah McKeever, Petra Mallfors, Emily Potridge, Brianna Castellano, Samantha Aeschliman, Megan Carroll, Macey Coronado, Laurel Garbers, Sierra Gault, Keyarra Gorsuch, Faith Jasso, Kennedy Nation, Alyssa Ramos, Maria Rocha, Sierra Rupp, Paige Smith, Amanda Wendt and Sydney Zirkle.
Those new additions are hoping to step in for departed letter winners Kallie Strauss, Seneca Wyse, Sam Gray, Amy Bosell and Miriam Triana.
Strauss was a state qualifier in the shot put a season ago, while Wyse had previous experience competing at state.
“The area of weakness that we will have to work through is our depth,” said Colon. “We are not a very large team, many of the girls will have to step up and filter into some places that may need to be filled. We lost some very talented young ladies and we will be looking for the new additions to find their place and do their part to assist the team.”
The second-year coach is confident his team will make a strong push for another league title.
“The league is tough competition, as always,” said Colon. “I will look to my girls to make their presence known as the season progresses and we will as always bring our best. I think the girls as a team will be able to compete at the level that (the) Wauseon Track and Field program has become accustomed.”
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010