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Meyersdale girls track building toward success

In Meyersdale, Track and Field on April 15, 2009 at 6:00 am

Things have been pretty tame early on for the Meyersdale girls track team, which is off to a 1-2 start through three meets this season.

But over the next few days, there will be a lot determined about the talented Red Raiders, who host Portage and Northern this afternoon in Meyersdale.

The Red Raiders are looking for big things this season, and have the personnel to do so, even if the numbers are down a little bit.

“With only 20 girls on the team this year, it is difficult to fill many of the spots that could score points for us in dual meets,” Meyersdale coach Mike Miller told QZ93 Sports Central in an email. “Early season injuries and illnesses have slowed the team so far, but the potential remains for a successful season.”

The team finished 8-2 a season ago, and some of the key components return this season in the Maple City.

Senior Kelli Rosenberger is the school’s record holder in the 100 meter hurdles (16.7 seconds) and Ashleigh Munion, a junior, holds the triple jump record (34 feet, 9 inches).

“Both girls look to improve on their records this season,” said Miller, in his 18th season at the girls’ helm. “Ashleigh was also the WestPAC champion and district runner-up in the triple jump last year. Junior Erica Leasock could challenge the pole vault record this year. She vaulted 8-3 last year and the record is 8-7.”

The Red Raiders also have a strong talent in junior Kayla Nicklow, who is coming off a strong cross country campaign and could make a run at the 1,600-meter record. Sarah Winner, a senior, and Haley Daughton, a sophomore, are also off to strong starts in the discus and javelin, respectively.

With all the talented athletes, the Red Raiders also boast a deep coaching staff that works with both the boys and girls together.

Miller handles the coaching of the distance runners, boys head coach Tony DiPasquale coaches the sprinters. The assistant coaches are Dara Sines (jumpers), Joe McKenzie (pole vaulters) and Mike Swick (throwers). Also, Heath Montgomery is the head junior high coach and he instructs the hurdlers.

BY MATT JORDAN
matt@qz93sports.com

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