Plenty of talent on track and field roster
The Parkland boys and girls track and field teams had strong showings in their league dual meets, going 9-0 and 8-1, respectively, last season.
While they had strong individual performances, both came up short of their goal of winning the league or the district championship.
The boys finished second in the league meet behind Nazareth, and the girls wound up sixth at the league meet, with Easton taking first.
Olivia Hassler, now competing at the University of South Carolina, was the lone Trojan to win an event at the District 11 meet last season, capturing the javelin title. Several Parkland athletes won events or finished in the top three at the league meet, however.
For the boys, Nolan Hay won the LVC long jump title with a 22-0 1/2 mark, placed third in the triple jump and is back for his senior season. The league meet was also successful for a number of other Trojans. Junior Ryan Szoldatits placed third in the javelin. Junior Eli Redmond (second in 100 meter dash), joins sophomore Kareem Williams (third in 300 hurdles), and senior Jack Walton (second in Pole Vault) as top three finishers of a year ago.
Some other notable returnees include seniors Trevor Bergen (fourth in 3200), Noah Cosgrove (fifth in 3200), Will Nemeth (fifth in 1600), Steven Guetzlaff (fourth in 800), Jeremy Motsko (fifth in 800), Jeff Dax (fourth in pole vault), Kevin Siroka (fifth in pole vault), Jarel Elder (sprinter), Collin McConnell (long distance) and Austin Wildes (high jump).
Head coach Scott Levan, in his 29th season, will also be looking to newcomers in seniors Andrew Fuerher (triple and high jumps), Mike Falco (high jump), and sophomore Grant Newman to give valuable contributions.
The girls return a strong core of senior distance runners in Nicole Carl, Nicole Albertson, and Cassidy Newman, along with Judith Skinker.
Seniors Oksana Wittbrodt (shot put), Abby Harris (javelin), and Kelly Robertson (triple and high jumps), and sophomores Brooke Robertson (triple jump), Madison Zeky (triple and long jumps), Andrea Hersh (triple and long jumps), and Aubrey Beidelman (triple and long jumps) bring varsity experience.
Newcomers in senior Hannah Gombos (sprinter), sophomore Samantha Weber (triple and long jumps) and Mikayla Stoudt (long distance) will be looked at to contribute for Levan.
With a vast number of quality experience returning for Parkland, the boys and girls will now look to take their success from the regular season into the postseason.