Posted Online: March 19, 2013, 9:19 pm
Metro girls' track preview capsules
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Geneseo junior Rayne Bodeen competes in the 100-meter dash at last year's Geneseo Invitational. Bodeen is one of 12 returning state qualifiers in the Illinois Quad-Cities Metro.
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."
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."