Though Chris Manner returning is head coach of the girls’ outdoor track team, there are some new faces in the supporting roles with Jon Erik leading the throwers, while Theresa Westfall will also be assisting the team.
Like the , the girls’ roster is not a large one with 23 athletes out for the team, which opened the season on April 10. Of the 23, 11 are rookies to the sport.
“The lack of experience will show at the start of the season,” said Floyd Parness, an assistant coach. “But under the leadership and direction of both the experienced athletes and new coaches, the eventual outcome of the season should be one of optimism with numerous gains both on an individual basis as well as a team.”
Of the four seniors, three–Stephanie Sileo, and Jessica Wharton–will provide the leadership and experience in the discus, shot and javelin. rounds out the senior class and will lead in both the middle distance and long distance events.
Parness also noted juniors Rachel Boyers (hurdles and long jump) and Jordan Miket (4x100, 200 and high jump) as “experienced athletes in their respective events.”
Other athletes and their potential events include juniors Hayley Gomez (400, 800), Taylor Krista (200, 400) and Chelsea Meagher (400, 800, 1,600, 3,200); sophomores Alicia Abelson (pole vault, triple jump, 200), Melissa Agro (discus, shot, javelin), Natalie Baughan (100, 200, long jump), Leah Martino (100, 200, long jump, triple jump), Meghan McCarthy (800, 1,600, 3,200), Katelyn Pantera (100, long jump, triple jump, high jump), Jaimy Rippe (shot, javelin, discus) and Sam Stowe (100, 200, high jump).
Freshmen who joined the roster for the T-Birds include Marissa Bale (800, 1,600, 400), Adrian Bogue (100, 200, high jump), Julie Castillo (shot, discus, javelin) Megan Oakes (800, 1,600), Sara Olsen (100, 200, 400, long jump) and Rachel Sokoloff (hurdles, 100, 200).
North Branford 2011-12 Varsity Girls Outdoor Track Schedule DateOpponentH/A-FacilityTime/Result Tue., 4/10 East Hampton, Cromwell Away
[Directions] 3:45 p.m. Tue., 4/24 Morgan, Cromwell Away
[Directions] 3:45 p.m. Tue., 5/1 Old Lyme, Westbrook Home - North Branford High School
[Directions] 3:45 p.m. Tue., 5/8 Haddam-Killingworth, Old Lyme Away
[Directions] 3:45 p.m. Tue., 5/15 Old Lyme, Old Saybrook Away
[Directions] 3:30 p.m.