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Upper Sandusky Girls Track

March 28, 2014
The Advertiser-Tribune

Coach: Tim Pohlman, 17th season

2013: 7th in NCC

Returning Letterwinners: Seniors Yajira Ayala (distance); Kayla Counts (throws); Anna Massara (PV); Mary McCaleb (relays); Sierra Mathews (MD). Juniors Alison Moser (sprints); Shiloh Powers (sprints); Mallory Weininger (HJ); Logan Dible (relays); Zoe Garber (distance). Sophomore Jenna Spitler (LJ).

Others: Senior Sarah Rall (MD). Sophomores Emma Smith (sprints); Betsy Young (throws). Freshmen Alaney Oney (distance); Olivia Thompson (distance).

Outlook: Don't ask Pohlman to recount last year's NCC championship meet. It, and his team's seventh place showing already are erased from his memory.

"I've tried to forget about it," he said. "This year, our primary goal is to improve on what we did not do well last year. We've been asked if there's any one team we're looking for, it's everybody. We're just trying to improve on our efforts from last year. Get a few things squared away that didn't work out for us last year."

One thing that did work out for the Rams last year was the pole vault where Massara was a regional qualifier. This year she has her sights set high. Nine-feet-nine-inches high.

"Her main goal in the pole vault, take Wendy Vent's school record in pole vault at 9-9," Pohlman said. "She's been vaulting a lot. She qualified to go to the indoor state meet in pole vault. She's gotten 9-6 recently. If we get outside, and she starts sprinting, gets some spring under her legs, she can do it."

Pohlman is also looking for an improved showing from his distance runners.

"There is a tremendous distance group coming in," he said. "They have a hard work ethic, I'm hoping that will pay off for them.

"Oney and Thompson look like they'll be solid distance girls as freshmen. They're troopers; they've shown tremendous heart and are hitting times we're asking them to hit."

With Ayala coming back and Rall out this year, Pohlman said there can be a pretty good 4x800 team coming out of Upper Sandusky.

Pohlman also pointed to the throwing events as a strong point. Counts is back to lead the discus throwers and Young is someone he's pointing to with a lot of ability in the shot.

"Betsy Young will likely be our lead girl in shot," he said. "She's been lifting nonstop since the day track season ended last year. She came in second in her weight class at the state power lifting competition. She's been putting the time in and we hope that hard work will pay off."



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