For Brookfield Central girls track and field coach Lorie Lewis, the puzzle is far from finished, but the pieces are there.
"I am expecting solid leadership from the returning senior letter winners," the veteran coach said. "This group of athletes have a great deal of experience with the competitive spirit of the program.
"They will need to work with some of the younger or new girls to help bring them along so they contribute toward the team goals. It will take several weeks to get all the pieces into place, but we expect to continue with the same competitive success of the past."
The Lancers, who finished ninth at the state meet, has 22 returning letter winners.
Lewis returns 10 seniors: Bryn Adams (high jump), Pauline Agnello (distance), Andrea Bailey (throws), Jessica Bourdow (jumps), Elizabeth Flatley (distance), Jennifer Fox (sprints), Leah Klingaman (pole vault, jumps), Danielle Kulpins (distance), Molly Schnieder (sprints) and Shaelyn Ziegler (high jump, sprints).
Flatley finished second in the 3200-meters with a school record time (10:40.34) and sixth in the 1600.
There are six juniors coming back: Megan Hlava (distance), Karin Jorgenson (high jump), Kasey Ledvorowski (distance), Jessica Marciniak (sprints), Chisom Obasih (sprints, jumps) and Ceci Risch (pole vault, sprints).
There are also six sophomores returning: Rachel Hirsch (middle distance), Rachel Illgen (distance), Cassi Jehly (sprints), Shannon Kebisek (jumps), Lucy Kwiatkowski (distance) and Alejandra Peralta-Werns (hurdles, sprints).
The 400 relay team finished second at state with Jehly, Fox and Obasih returning, breaking the school record for the fourth time (48.86). Agnello was 24th in the 1600 at state rounding out the returnees.
They open on Saturday at the Wisconsin Lutheran Invitational at 9:30 a.m.
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