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Lady Devils have state experience

Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 3:54 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 3:57 p.m. CST

SPRING VALLEY — While the Hall girls’ track team lost some key members from last year due to graduation, coach Nick Hanck is quick to say the cabinets are not bare. Nor is it short on experience.

“We bring back three girls who have experience running on a relay team at the state meet: Katie Hoffert, Jacquie Wallaert and Ashley Keegan. We also bring back a couple of girls who were alternates that have experienced what the state meet is like,” Hall coach Nick Hanck said.

Hoffert and Wallaert are the lone seniors on the squad. In addition to sprints and relays, Hanck said Hoffert has started off well indoors in the triple jump. Wallaert will continue to run middle distance and join Hoffert in the triple.

Hanck fully expects junior Brittany Foster (sprints), sophomore Lexi Piccatto (jump, sprints) and others to step up and contend for spots on the relays. Other sprinters include sophomores Lexi Scarpaci, Torri Leek, Jaime Wilder and Nicole Whitten and freshmen Brooke Keegan (long jump) Libby Gehant and Mia Fusinetti.

Freshman Lindsay Conrad will run middle distance along with Ashley Keegan with sophomore Paige Orlandi in distance.

The hurdles crew will consist of junior Clarissa Gerrard, sophomore Melissa Dunseth and freshman Tanja Acamovic.

Sophomore newcomer Carlee Yuvan will join Gerrard in weights and has been a pleasant surprise throwing the shot, Hanck said.

“We are going to continue working hard and improving day in and day out. By sectionals, we hope to have ourselves right in the mix of things.   

Hall boys: While low on numbers (8 varsity, 12 F/S), the Runnin’ Red Devils will be able to run from start to finish with a strong mixture of sprinters such as senior Landon Piccatto and distance runners like senior Joe Parochetti and sophomore Al Baldonado, who won the Walleye 5K run over the weekend.

“I have a small, young team with very little experience, but excited to see what we can mold together for the future. Everyone has been showing some improvements and can’t wait to get outside to really get started,” coach Rob Malerk said.

Piccatto is also the top returning jumper in both the long jump (19-10 1/2) and triple jump (42-5 1/4). He qualified for State in the triple and just missed out on the 300 hurdles by less than half a second. The all-around talent just missed will also be one of the top pole vaulters (10-0).

There are just nine kids returning from 2012, including seniors Zach Croissant and Kyle Cruz, junior Grant Garland and sophomores Cole Elliott, Leonel Perez and Tyler Turpen.

Other squad members include seniors Miguel Aldana, juniors Morgan Burcham and Roosvelt Fuentes, sophomores Luke Lee-Brown, Aaron Rybarczyk and freshmen Patrick Einhaus, Trezonne Gray, Joe Romanelli, Ryan Shilkuski, Nick Stoner and Jake Wertz.

• The Hall boys are scheduled to kick off the season at home Thursday after a Tuesday postponement. The girls will run Monday at Chillicothe.

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