Brookfield Central girls track coach Lorie Lewis is looking forward to the first indoor track meet of the season - the Cardinal Relays at Waukesha South - Saturday.
Lewis has seven returning letter winners who have been part of nine Greater Metro Conference championships, a WIAA State Track & Field Championship, a WIAA State Runner-up title and a third- place WIAA State meet placing. She also has several promising newcomers on hand, but she feels it's too early to make any predictions.
"With so many young, new faces having to fill positions on our varsity team, it is much too early in the season to discuss any competitive outlook," Lewis said. "It will take some time to determine exactly who and where we fit the new athletes on the varsity squad along with assessing exactly how competitive we can be moving forward as a team.
"With close to 30 freshmen out, the majority of the team will be young, inexperienced and dependent on the competitive spirit displayed by all seniors on the team."
Lewis can feel good about her returning class.
She has nine senior letter winners returning: Margaret Flatley, Kara Krugel, Chidera Obasih, Claire Stamborski, Anna Stamborski, Elizabeth Stief, Hannah Trasser, Elizabeth Tzortzos and Keely Holtz. Four juniors - Brianna Speaker, Rubie Nordling, Sheila Kilb and Lauren Hemani - return, as does sophomore Veronica Porubsky.
Besides tremendous talent in the senior class, Krugel, Obasih, Claire Stamborski, Anna Stamborski, Stief, Trasser and Maddie Fischer (junior varsity letter from last season) have been out for four seasons of track.
"They have done a tremendous amount of off-season work with conditioning themselves and organizing the rest of the team," Lewis said. "At this point they understand what it takes to have a successful track and field team. As a result they will be relied on heavily for their leadership, role modeling and experience."
Some of the promising newcomers include freshmen Paulina Agnello (middle distance); Bryn Adams (hurdles, high jump), Jessica Bourdow (hurdles), Elizabeth Flatley (distance), Danielle Kulpins (distance), Shaelyn Ziegler (high jump) and sophomore Kelsey Kazmierczak (pole vault).
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