Coach: Holly Wentling
2013: 1st in MAL
Returning Letterwinners: Senior Gwen Wentling (sprints/relays); Shelby Craig (sprints/lj); Jaclyn Troiano (distance); Lauren Wenner (sprints/relays); Mary Jo Bash (throws). Juniors Leah Kuhlman (mid distance), Shelby Snyder (pv); Amber Spurlock (sprints/relays); Joanna Worst (mid distance). Sophomores Alli Keller (distance); Diana Nordyke (throws); Kristina Nusbaum (distance); Taylor Cunningham (distance); Sam Mullholand (throws); Megan Manns (mid distance/hurdles); Carly Nordyke (throws); Lydia Prindle (throws); Sara Craig (sprints/hj); Christie Wickiser (pv); Lexi Patterson (hurdles/sprints).
Others: Freshmen Morgan Blair (sprints/hurdles/lj); Hailey Hines (sprints) Kate Elchert , Taylor Watkins (distance).
Outlook: They'll still be wearing the same blue and white, but there will be a different look to them.
The Blue Devils have the tools needed to successfully defend their Midland Athletic League title, but if a repeat is to happen, it will come in a different manner.
Gone are Dana Newell and Monique Altvater who brought home a host of points in field events. But back is a strong sprinting and relay core.
"We're looking to try to win the league again, but it will be a different mix," coach Wentling said. "It will have to be because I don't have a girl who's quite across-the-board like Dana was. And I don't have a jumper like Monique."
Gwen Wentling returns as a regional qualifier in the 400 and two relays. Three members of the girls 4x200 are back in Wentling, Spurlock and Wenner. The entire 4x400 team is back with Joanna Worst joining those three.
While the veterans will lead the way, coach Wentling says some of the younger athletes are going to have to step up and score points.
"It helps having the seniors; I think they will be pretty good leaders," she said. "We'll have to have some freshmen come in and be scorers, maybe in some things we're not used to scoring in.
"The 4x8 I'm looking to be a little stronger, and the 800. Hopefully the throws are a little better than last year. I think we got some younger throwers that are going to come along pretty strong. Hopefully we'll score a few more points in 100 hurdles too."
The weather hasn't been the most conduive to practice in the early going, but Wentling said between basketball players coming over and offseason work, her team is in good shape.
"I think they look like they're doing pretty good," she said. "Most have come in in pretty good shape from basketball. Those girls came in in good shape. A few did some indoor track, and worked out on their own. Overall we're in pretty good shape."