High School Sports

Bald Eagle Area Girls Track & Field Preview

Coach: Jeff Jodon (24th season)

Assistants: Ron Hoover, Kristen McCarty, Tim Kasper, Vicki Coffey, Amy Brooks

Last year: 3-7

Key losses: Megan Flick, Sheri McCloskey.

Key returnees: Olivia Hardy, Michelle Kachik, Marissa Ward, Angel Kottwitz, Mackenzie Basalla, Hannah Park, Rylee Butler, Cheyenne Smolko, Alyssa Butterworth, Haley Furrow, Jordan Gile.

Key newcomers: Maddie Cingle, Abigail Gunsallus, Cheyenne Miller, Rexine Schrum, Stephanie Slabic, Sarah Van Cise, Sunshine Zimmerman.

The skinny: This season, a short-handed BEA will need to receive multiple efforts from several members to cover events in dual meets. ... Although numbers may be scarce, there will be ample opportunity for leaders to emerge. ... Hardy and Ward are seniors with experience in the sprints and jumps. ... Basalla, Gile, Park. Smolko will be the foundation for the throws. ... Butler, Butterworth, Kotteitz have the experience in the distance events. ... Basalla, Furrow, Gile, Kachik, Park will cover the sprints and relays with their experience. ... Kachik, Park, Furrow are experienced jumpers. ... Cingle will be a boost to distance events. ... Gunsallus will add depth to sprints, relays and jumps. ... Miller will cover sprints and jumps. ... Schrum will help in the jumps and hurdles. ... Slabic will be in the throws. ... Van Cise will cover throw, sprints, relay, and jumps. ... Zimmerman has the jumps, sprints and relays.

Coach Jodon says: “The Lady Eagles have been putting in some tough practices in this preseason. Our numbers are very low this year. Each of our ladies will have to do four events in dual meets so we can be competitive in our league.”