Seniors lead NL girls’ track, freshman add needed depth
Between the three seniors on the New London girls’ track and field team, leadership is covered; however, the Tigers will be looking to their newcomers to step up, fill in gaps and add some depth to the small squad.
“We will look to our seniors for leadership and the freshmen are expected to step in and make an impact for our team,” Coach Paula Bliven said.
The three seniors on the team are all returning letterwinners, and they all compete in different areas.
Koral Crossett is a thrower, Caitlin Chiri runs middle distance, and Hannah Van Skike is a sprinter.
Van Skike will get help in sprints from the other two returning letterwinners, juniors Kristen Allen and Dani Holt, both of whom also run hurdles.
Also competing in sprints are a pair of newcomers, junior Janice Sinclair and sophomore Olivia Maestro.
The team also adds five freshman this season. Hannah White will compete in sprints; the four other rookies will be competing in distance races.
Brandi Allen and Kenadi Schulte will be mid-distance, while Cassie Bellmer and Ashlee Smyth will compete in the longer races.
The freshman make up a strong group of runners, and along with Chiri, make mid-distance one of New London’s team strengths, according to Bliven, who also points to throwing events as a team strength.
Bliven is in her seventh year as the head coach of New London girls’ track.
With such a small group this year, she notes that one key to the season will be keeping everyone healthy.
The Tigers have already had two meets cancelled due to weather this season; they are now scheduled to start their season on Tuesday, April 2, at Central Lee.