Track is a numbers game, not just with times and distances, but with roster sizes as well.
Smaller schools often abandon the philosophy of competing for team titles when running against larger schools with nearly double the number of athletes. Instead they opt to push for individual wins and personal bests.
The typical powerhouses — Anderson, Lapel and Pendleton Heights — have fielded the largest rosters and will likely take many of the team titles. But the remaining schools are primed with athletes who will challenge for individual victories.
The following is a capsule look at area girls track programs as many of them prepare for Friday’s Madison County championships:
Coach: Scott Zent
Letterwinners lost: Kelsey Thurber, Brittany Clark, Desire Litchfield, Allie Ward, Savannah Gardner, Allie Mohler
Letterwinners returning: Kelsey Crisp, Courtney Skinner, Morgan Oliver, Alexis Crum, Maddie Thomas
Newcomers: Cailyn Vernetti, Brittany Berryman, Ann Ferris, Macy Hood, Gloria James, Carissa Johnson, Madison Moore, Olivia Morrow, Antonia Ruiz, Paula Seelig, Rebecca Waymire, Alexa Yost
Coach’s outlook: “We have a great core group of senior girls this year, then we have a group of sophomores and juniors that are looking to contribute this year as we grow into our roles and expectations. It has been a lot of work this spring understanding we need to push ourselves to a higher level. I see us being able to move to the top half of the Central Indiana Athletic Conference.”
Coach: Linda Williams Boyd
Letterwinners lost: Aryel Ashley, Mia Bryant, Taylor Potts, Kelsi Rhodes, Samantha Roy, Darien Thompson
Letterwinners returning: Da’Sha Boyd, Marissa Childs, Joyclyn Davis, Ragine Davis, Jacie Dickerson, Shantez Goolsby, Katie Mitchell, Pearson Newsom, Lexie Pickering, Desiree Robinson, Allison Smitherman, Lauren Soares
Newcomers: Paulina Berger, Kennedy Gray, Monique Wigham, Monica Robinson, De’ja Williams, Beldad Soriano, Katia Molina, Claire Clapp, Bryesha Chamberlain, Christine Hall