The Hall Lady Devils have the numbers to have all their bases covered this year when they compete in track and field this spring.
All told, the Lady Devils have six seniors, four juniors, five sophomores to go with eight freshmen for a 23-member squad.
“We have a good mix of kids this year. We will be able to cover all events this year which is something we couldn’t do last year,” Hall coach Nick Hanck said. “We have had some good showings so far at our indoor meets. I’m really looking forward to seeing what we can do once we get outside. The weather has not been very cooperative.”
Top returners include senior Ashley Keegan (mid distance), senior Brittany Foster and sophomore Brooke Keegan in sprints, junior Paige Orlandi (long distance) and senior Clarissa Gerrard and junior Carlee Yuvan (weights).
Also back in the fold are seniors Kaylee Golden (sprints, jumps), Erica Loveland (mid distance) and Nicole Whitten (sprints), juniors Melissa Dunseth (hurdles) and Lexi Scarpaci (sprints, jumps) and sophomores Tanjya Acamovic (hurdles), Jessica Bogatitus (sprints), Lindsey Conrad (mid distance) and Cassie Shuper (mid distance).
Freshmen expected to contribute to the varsity include Kaylee Olivares (long distance), Madi Quinn (pole vault, hurdles) and Jenna Lusietto (high jump). Other freshmen include Hope Goetz (mid distance), Linnea Lee-Brown (sprints), Amelia Moreno (mid distance), Anais Ortiz (throws) and Shana Piotrowski (mid distance).
While Hall has one state qualifier returning in junior Al Baldonado (3200), the 2014 Red Devil track and field squad is going to be young overall with 13 underclassmen on its 24-man roster.
“We are a young team, and we are going to experience some bumps and bruises, but I am excited to see how we progress this season because we are going to get better. It is hard to tell exactly in what events because we have not been able to get outside much,” Hall coach Rob Malerk said.
Baldonado, who was a state medalist in cross country last fall will be running the two mile, mile and some 800s, Malerk said. He has had a slow start this spring being sick, but Malerk expects him to regain his form.
“He has been working very hard recently, and I see that he is going to be one of the areas top runners. I feel that as the season progresses he is going to get faster and return to state in the mile and two mile,” Malerk said.
Other top returners include junior Aaron Rybarczyk (sprints, triple jump), Leonel Perez (sprints), senior Grant Garland (high hurdles, sprints) and sophomore Patrick Einhaus (sprints, triple jump.
Remaining upperclassmen include seniors Collin Aimone (mid distance, jumps), Rosey Fuentes (mid distance, relays), Alic Hernandez (mid distance, relays) and Max Valdes (mid distance, relays, jumps) and juniors Luke Lee-Brown (mid distance), Marco Gutierez (throws) and Tyler Turpen (sprints, jumps).
Sophomore Chris Hammonds is out for track for the first time and is expected to contribute in sprints and sprint relays.
Other promising newcomers Malerk believes will help the team include freshman Gage Ripka (long distance) and Nick Edgcomb (intermediate hurdles, high jump)
The sophomore class also sends John Delaney (long distance), Ryan Shilkuski (mid distance, jumps), Nick Stoner (mid distance, hurdles jumps) and Jake Wertz (throws).
Freshmen squad members include Simon Burcham (throws), Marco Gonzalez (long distance), Marco Uribe (throws), Brad Walesea (mid distance, jumps) and Conner Whitten (sprints, jumps)