Sophomore Brooke Treadway will lead the throwers, where she will be joined by a pair of freshmen in Tori Combs and Beza Townsend.
Junior Leslie Samuel returns to the long jump, as does sophomore Michelle Hunkeler in the high jump.
“We’d like to win the sectional this year,” Clem said. “And, I really think being where we were last year, with the girls we have, we’re capable of doing it. What’s exciting is the depth is we have. And that the girls are really fired up this year. They liked the little taste of victory they got at the sectional last year, and we did pretty well at the regional. It was a learning experience, and now they know what to expect. They have the confidence to come out and be a winning team.”
New coach Chrystal Campbell inherits a team that boasts a considerable amount of experience, which Campbell has found to be comforting and helpful.
“This is my first varsity experience coaching, so it’s been a learning experience. But, I am blessed with one of the most amazing coaching staffs, so I have wonderful people to learn from,” Campbell said. “So far, I’ve been really impressed with my kids’ work ethic. I know it’s been a struggle, missing practices due to the weather. The amount of snow we got has made the preseason tough, but my kids have worked through that.”
Junior Nicole Hampshire leads a deep distance crew after taking third in last season’s sectional in the 3,200. Sophomore Sam Luginbuhl will complement her in the distance events.
Junior Emma Nixon leads the middle-distance events after taking third in the 800 a season ago. Junior Amanda Seaman, senior Emily Mullins and sophomore Erin Knepley will also figure in at middle distance. Knepley finished fourth in the 400 in last year’s sectional.