Loudoun Track and Field Previews

Last Season, the Loudoun Valley Vikings dominated the girls’ track and field scene with a total of 124.5 points, surpassing the district runner up Bulldogs of Stonebridge (86 points). With the top two teams moving to AAA, there will be a major redistribution of points. The top five teams in the district, all have an equal shot of claiming the title and most all the teams believe the title is theirs. Who will rise to the top?

Heritage Pride- (6th place- 43 points) Projected Finish: 1st

The Pride will be led by seniors Ashley Swindell, Brittany Rose and Racquel Curtis. Swindell and Rose are members of the state qualifying 4x100m relay team. Brittany Rose, a competitor in the sprinting, hurdling and jumping events, was a regional qualifier in the hurdles and a state qualifier in the high jump. Curtis was a regional qualifier in the triple jump and the 100mHH.

Sophomore sprinter/jumper Jazlynn Finney looks to make a comeback this year after a nagging injury that prevented her from competing in the 200m at the region meet. Sophomore sprinter Kenice Brown took 3rd at districts (100m) and was a regional qualifier in the 400m and 100m.

Junior thrower Tisha O'Bannion was a regional qualifier in the shot put and discus.
Expect strong performances from distance runners, sophomores AJ Armentrout, Ellyn Moulton and Kelly Geyer, junior Jayde James and senior Christy Cerimele.
James, a transfer to Heritage, should be the head of the distance team after being the number one runner in the fall (3rd at the district cross country meet).

Pre-Season Report Card
Distance: A
Sprints/Hurdles: B
Jumps: B
Throws: B
Overall: B+




Broad Run Spartans (4th place- 64 points) Projected Finish: 2nd

The Spartans graduated sprinter Natalie Andrews, a state qualifier. However, the Spartans team returns state qualifying sprinters Danielle Gilchrist, Jane Kone and Christina Coleman. Expect high marks in the jumping events from Danielle Sandersen, district runner up and state qualifier in the triple jump. Also keep tabs on Miebi Eradiri, who took 4th in the 100m and 3rd in the triple jump at districts last year.

Standout runner, senior Stephanie Garcia (District champion 3200m, 3rd place 1600m) will continue to impress us all. Earlier this year, she took first at the district cross country meet and 3rd in the region.

Watch for these athletes on the rise: sophomores Alexis Cambell (sprints) and Lauren Sears (high jump) and freshman Mary Casale (high jump and discus).

Pre-Season Report Card
Distance: A
Sprints/Hurdles: B-
Jumps: B+
Throws: C
Overall: B


Dominion Titans (3rd place- 66 points) Projected finish: 3rd
The Titans return all their lead scorers from last season. Sophomore Jennifer Weatherly, district champion in the 100m and 200m, broke both records at the district meet last year and took 7th in both respective events at states. Senior Catherine Smathers, 2005 triple jump district champion and long jump runner-up, was a state qualifier in the triple (6th) and high jump.

Senior Denyelle Miller, who jumped 4’8” at districts, looks to focus on high jump this year. Sophomore Becky Misanin, district runner up in the 3200m and 5th in the 1600m, will be making an impact for the Titans.

Also look to juniors Qiana Roberts, who took 4th in the 100mHH at districts, and Tiffany Woodard, member of the state qualifying 4x100m relay team, for strong performances.

Pre-season report card
Distance: B-
Sprints/Hurdles: A
Jumps: A
Throws: C-
Overall: B


Potomac Falls (5th place- 55 points) Projected finish: 4th

The Panthers graduated Ashley Ward who took 5th in the 400m and the high jump at districts last year.

Returning athletes include: Vanessa Fauteux (330mH), Lauren Fauteux ( 200m and 400m), Ashley Pond (100mH)H, Courtney Daczkowski (300mH), Jessica Shafer (300mH), and Kiersten Peterson (middle distance and distance).

Peterson is coming off of a phenomenal year in cross country where she was runner up at districts meet and finished 8th at states. Peterson has her eyes on several school records and is one of the top runners in the state in the 800m, 600m and this year possibly the 3200m.

Lauren Fauteux is overall the most athletic and highly versatile. She will be competing in many events but will focus on the 400m where she placed 2nd last year. Her and her sister Vanessa, runner up in the 300mH, will be battling for the fastest splits on the 4x400m team.

The 4x400m and 4x800m relay teams should expect to compete at the region meet this year and possibly at states.

Pre-Season Report Card
Distance: A
Sprints/Hurdles: C
Jumps: C+
Throws: C
Overall: B-


Park View (7th place- 35.5 points) Projected Finish: 5th

Coach Larry Hinders believes this is the most talented team he has coached since he arrived at Park View four years ago.

Standout thrower sophomore Natalie Baird will be the one to watch. Baird had an impressive throw (discus) of 139-11 at states breaking the state record set in 1981 of 138-11. Junior Charlene Fowler was district runner up in the 100m and 200m.Expect strong performances from sprinters/jumpers senior Latoya Mack and junior Lauren Tomlinson. Junior Katlyn Amos will continue to excel in the hurdling events.

Pre-Season Report Card
Distance: C-
Sprints/Hurdles: B+
Jumps: B
Throws: A
Overall: B-


Loudoun County (8th place- 22 points) Projected Finish: 6th

Athletes lost include: Sprinter Shannon Glancy, distance runner Sarah Hurley
(all-state 4x800m)and thrower Casey Neubauer is injured for the season.

The Raiders return the Codde sisters as well as senior Caitlin Wilmot and juniors Jordie Ballagh and Katie Nolan. Senior Kelsey Codde is a middle distance runner who qualified for states as a freshman, but due to injuries has not been healthy in two years. She is finally well and should make an impact this year. Her sister Shelby is one of the top distance runners and could make an impact in races anywhere from the 400m to the 3200m.

Wilmot has consistently been one of the top distance runners for the past four years and one of the top scorers. Nolan, a middle distance runner, was an integral part of the all-state and school record setting 4x800 team. Ballagh, a standout on the Raiders regional champion basketball team, will be returning as a jumper. Last year she qualified for the state meet with a best of 5' 3".

Pre-Season Report Card
Distance: A
Sprints/Hurdles: C
Jumps: B-
Throws: C
Overall: C


Freedom

Although the Eagles lack depth and experience they have many athletes to watch out for this season. Junior Christina Burke hopes to place in the throwing events. Freshman Alexis Crockett will be strong in the 400m and 800m. Freshman Amber Louis-Charles is going to be very strong in the 100m and 200m. As for the distance runners, freshmen Nadia Waterman and Simran Bhatia will be very competitive. The Eagles also hope to be competitive in the relays.

The Freedom Eagles believe they have the talent to send several athletes to the region and state meet. Their goal is to place in the top four at districts.

Pre-Season report card
Distance: C+
Sprints/Hurdles:C
Jumps:C-
Throws: C+
Overall: C


Briar Woods

Briar Woods is a new school with very young athletes, most of who have never participated in track before. The Falcons are led by Coach Duane Colebank who coached football and track at Park View High school for the past five years. They are working very hard and there is a very positive attitude toward the program. Most the athletes have not yet been placed in specific positions at this time. Coaches hesitate to signal out any specific athletes until all have been evaluated

Pre-Season report card
Distance: C
Sprints/Hurdles: C
Jumps:C-
Throws:C-
Overall: C-


Stone bridge (2nd place- 86 points)

Watch for Danielle Foster the district champion in the 400m (1:00.55) and sophomore Casey Henderson, the 800m district runner up and 1600m district champion. Henderson took 5th at states last year. Senior Anne Marie Maravetz took 3rd in the100mH at districts.
Expect strong performances from senior Terrell White, shot put district champion, who took 3rd in the long jump and the 100mdash. White took 7th in the shot put at states. She helped bring the 4x100m relay team to states.

Pre-Season Report Card
Distance: B
Sprints/Hurdles: A
Jumps B
Throws: A
Overall: A


Loudoun Valley (District Champion- 124.5 points)

The Vikings graduate standout hurdler Jessica Nauta. Nauta held the 2005 district title for both hurdling events (100mHH and 300mH) and she was a state qualifier in the 300mh (11th)
Standout senior Blair Brown will add to her long list of accolades. Brown was discus district runner up, high jump district champion (tie),and took 2nd at states in the high jump) Senior Sammy Mizerak, long jump district champion and state qualifier, looks for a good season this year.

The 4x100m relay team took 7th at states (50.39) and the 4x400m relay team won states with a time of 4:01.82, the highlight of the season. With their impressive performances at states the Vikings took 10th place as a team.

Pre-season report card
Distance: B+
Sprints/Hurdles: B+
Jumps: A
Throws: A
Overall: A