Metro girls' track preview capsules


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Alleman Pioneers
Coach:
Scott Stoll (1st season)
2012: 6th at Western Big 6 Conference meet
Returning state qualifiers: None
Other notables: Srs.: Sallie Doak (distance), Carli Hogan (distance); Jr.: Erin Morrisey (throws); Sophs.: McKenna VanMeighem (pole vault), Isabel Watts (sprints/jumps); Fr.: Nicole Polzin (throws)
Stoll's view of the Pioneers: "This is definitely a team for the future. Nearly 10 percent of our team is participating in track for the first time, and for several girls, this is their first time ever doing the sport. Therefore, the preseason prognosis is that of an extremely 'green' team, but we're pretty sure that by the end of the current season, we'll see our program start to bear fruit."

Geneseo Maple Leafs
Coach:
Joni Nelson (1st season)
2012: Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference and Class 2A sectional champions; 16th at state
Returning state qualifiers: Srs.: Kelcey Adams (distance), Emily Ford (distance), Hannah Waller (hurdles); Jrs.: Morgan Kelly (distance), Rayne Bodeen (sprints); Sophs.: Ashley Kempher (sprints), Samantha Mannon (sprints)
Other notables: Sr.: Maggie Schlindwein (distance); Jrs.: Halle Olson (mid-distance), Jamie DeFauw (jumps), Audrey Anderson (throws); Soph.: Katie Puls (mid-distance), Hanna Vanderheyden (hurdles/sprints)
Nelson's view of the Maple Leafs: "We've had a lot of success in the last couple years. We want to continue with that. We have a little more depth than we've had before. I'm excited to see what that can bring us."

Moline Maroons
Coach:
Joel Bohnsack (12th season)
2012: 3rd at Big 6
Returning state qualifiers: Sr.: Haley Verbeke (distance)
Other notables: Sr.: Taylor Jefford (jumps/hurdles); Jrs.: Laquia Booker (sprints), Brisa Almanza (distance), Desiree Washington (hurdles/sprints); Sophs.: Hailey Cook (jumps/sprints), Lily Eastman (sprints/hurdles), Haley Reagan (sprints); Fr.: Rose Gamamou (sprints/jumps)
Bohnsack's view of the Maroons: "We have great numbers and we are starting to realize the potential of the new athletes. We are excited to have both quality and more depth than we had last season. Our returning varsity athletes worked hard in the offseason and seem to be better and better prepared. Our new members seem to want to really work hard and are trying to get better each day."

Rock Island Rocks
Coach:
Michelle Lillis (17th season)
2012: Big 6 champions; Class 3A sectional runner-up; 13th at state
Returning state qualifiers: Srs.: Troy Jackson (sprints/relays), Olivia Brooks (sprints/jumps); Jrs.: LaCresha Linton (sprints/relays), Mystique Thompson (sprints/relays)
Other notables: Srs.: Chelsey Temple (jumps), Brianna Smith (throws), Dominique McQueen (throws); Jrs.: Kirsten Tauke (distance), Claire Bacon (distance); Soph.: Mariah Anderson (sprints/hurdles)
Lillis' view of the Rocks: "It's obvious by looking at the varsity roster that we are dominated by underclassmen. Many of the girls who have already significantly contributed to team scores in meets this season are underclassmen. ... I look for the team to grow in experience, strength and skill throughout the season."

United Township Panthers
Coach:
Andrew Round (4th season)
2012: 4th at Big 6
Returning state qualifiers: None
Other notables: Srs.: Brianna French (sprints/relays), Ciara Little (sprints/relays); Jrs.: Kendra Miller (mid-distance/pole vault), Kassidy Reese (sprints/relays); Sophs.: Baylee Burklund (jumps/sprints), ShaTavia Lowery (sprints/relays/jumps)
Round's view of the Panthers: "Overall, the attitude and spirit of this team is one of the best I've had, so I'm excited to see what they can do. Our goal is to improve on last year's fourth-place conference finish and qualify more athletes for state."

















 



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  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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