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Girls’ track set to defend UEC crown

By Katie Cole

Head coach: Coach Justin Allison

Years coaching at BHS:  8 years

Asst. coaches: Coach Bernardoni, Coach Hillman, Coach Theriault, Coach Plate, Coach Firnbach, Coach Kelsay, Coach Owen

Last season’s highlights:

Some of the highlights and achievements from last season include winning both indoor and outdoor conference and having many athletes overcome adversities to qualify for the state meet.

Top returners:

There is a wide range of returners in almost every event including seniors Tori Ortiz (sprints and relays), Symone Houston-Davis (sprints, jumps, relays), and Mary Grace Golden (distance). Some juniors include Riley Glavach (high jump), Anna Knutson (triple and long jump, relays), and Mandy Saucedo (triple and long jump). Sabrina Schlenker, a sophomore will also be returning for the 2018 season and compete in hurdles, sprints, and relays.

Top newcomers:

Some incoming freshmen include Jenna Schifferer (distance) and Davinia Wilson (sprints).

Outlook for this season:

Coach Allison had a very positive outlook for both the indoor and outdoor seasons. “It’ll be another exciting and successful season! We have a great blend of veterans and newcomers to build on our past achievements.” Allison said.

Top teams in your league/area:

Allison said some of the toughest competition in the conference will be coming from the “Tri-Cities” schools (Geneva and St. Charles East and North). A top team outside of conference is West Aurora who Batavia will see many times indoor and outdoor.

Top athletes in your league/area/state:

Allison said he can’t be sure about the top athletes but he did say that the Batavia girls will be facing state qualifying individuals at many different meets.

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