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Injuries taking toll on Shamrocks

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Greg King can't seem to keep the injury bug away from his Dublin Coffman High School girls track and field team.

The sixth-year coach watched as his team suffered through numerous injuries last season, and more have cropped up this spring.

"After the injuries in 2013, I guess it's so perfect that we get a taste of the same this year, and half of them aren't even track-related," said King, whose team opened April 5 by finishing eighth (36 points) in the 16-team Wildcat Premier at Hilliard Davidson behind champion Gahanna (147). "We had one of our throwers, (senior) Christina Brown, injure her knee falling as she came out of a swimming pool, but she should be fine in a week or so. Hopefully everyone who is banged up will be healthy in the next two or three weeks."

Senior Beatrice Hannan is coming off hamstring injuries from last season. As a sophomore, she finished seventh in the 200 meters (25.09 seconds) in the Division I state meet and was ninth in the 100 (12.51).

In the Division I state indoor meet March 8 at the University of Akron, the Ohio State signee won the 200 (24.51) and was second in the 60 (7.61). But since then she has been dealing with muscle strains in her legs.

"Beatrice can get muscle strains when it's cold outside, but she can't feel (pain) when she's walking so it's not like it was last season," King said. "We're hoping that she will get better taking it easy until it warms up some."

Also back is junior Sade Olatoye, who placed second in the state shot put last season in a program-record 44 feet, 10 inches. She also was eighth in the discus (133-9) as the Shamrocks finished 12th (16) behind champion Solon (47) as 74 teams scored.

Sophomore Sana Qamar qualified for the regional last season in the 3,200 (eighth, 11:36.02). She also was a member of the sixth-place 3,200 relay (9:46.13) with juniors Anna Weber and Kaylen Chang. The 11th-place 400 relay (50.41) included sophomore Shannon Downie and senior Sarah Handy.

Senior Julia Fries missed last year with a knee injury after placing eighth in the 800 (2:15.86) at state as a sophomore.

"Clearly, our throws are a strength with Sade, Christina Brown and (senior) Betsy Rechel," King said. "We are thinner than we have been in the past couple of years and even though we have about 90 (athletes) out, about 55 percent of them are freshmen or it's their first year of high school track. We're going to be counting on some of those first-year athletes for some of our depth."

King said sophomore Megan Hoadley, a move-in from North Olmsted, will add depth in sprints, as will sophomore Shaunqueza Stevens and freshman Lauren Hummer. Senior Allie Krieger and junior Kayla Robinson will be top hurdlers, with junior Grace Coffman leading the pole-vaulters and senior Eva Ruf in the high jump.

"We don't have a big senior class (16), but those seniors will score a lot of points for us," King said. "We have talent, but a lot of it is young talent."

Scioto features 'good mix'

Sixth-year Scioto coach Matt Suttle is excited about his mix of veterans and newcomers.

The Irish return two state qualifiers in senior Madison Scurlock and sophomore Nykee Scruggs. They ran on the 400 relay that finished 11th (49.26).

"There's definitely some experience and some girls who have been running varsity for two or three years," Suttle said. "There are some newcomers who also can help us out a lot. We really have a good mix."

Scioto also returns regional qualifiers in senior Mya Hodge (100 hurdles; eighth, 15.38) and sophomore Carolyn Hayes (high jump; ninth, 5-1). Hodge finished sixth in the 60 hurdles (9.5) in the state indoor meet.

"Mya has really worked hard and really ran well during the indoor season," Suttle said. "That should really pay off with a good season."

The Irish opened April 5 in the Newark Invitational, finishing second (89) of 15 teams behind Westerville Central (92.83).

Junior Shayla Wigand, who missed last season with a foot injury, won the 800 (2:28.47) at Newark. Junior Vanessa Robinson won the 1,600 (5:29.14) and was second in the 800 (2:31.65).

Wigand also anchored the first-place 1,600 relay (4:19.51) with junior Jamie Ely, sophomore Elo Agbiake and sophomore Ashlyn Leon. The 3,200 relay of sophomore Alex Sopher, sophomore Brittany Hinkle, junior Ariel Arellano and sophomore Kayla Rowand was second (10:56.36).

Junior Mikhaylan Price was second in the discus (102-11) and junior Rebecca Groh was third in the 3,200 (12:32.47).

Brianna Bell, a senior sprinter, is a move-in from Worthington Kilbourne.

"We need to fill some depth," Suttle said. "We have good girls in every area because we have about 60 girls out, which is about double what we usually have.

"How well we perform depends on how much the younger girls step up and fill some roles."

Jerome to have youthful look

Jerome returns six regional qualifiers from last season, including sophomores Carly Davis and Tiffany Hill.

Davis finished seventh in the 3,200 (11:28.45) and Hill was ninth in the 1,600 (5:19.94). The 12th-place 1,600 relay (4:11.52) of junior Devin Sadler, sophomore Casey Nitschke and seniors Taylor Elder and Hannah Kayuha also is back.

"I think our strength is our youth," said sixth-year coach Randi Beatty, whose team finished ninth (35) in the season-opening Wildcat Premier. "We have been strong over the past few years in our distance and middle-distance. This year is similar, but we have some good freshmen and sophomores coming in to help us out in other areas. We'll see where they fall into place."

Davis also was a member of the 3,200 relay that was disqualified at regional. Senior Erin McAuliffe was on that relay at district.

"We have a small senior class with only (10), but all of them have been with us for at least three years," Beatty said. "They are great leaders, good role models and have done a nice job for us."

Alaina Bradford, Jacki Green, Alexis Holderman, Cami Kowalski, Yoon-Jo Moh, Meredith Post and Celine Vong round out the senior class.

Vong, junior Priya Natarajan and sophomore Sara Santisi are throwers, with junior Rachel Monroe and sophomore Angela Jernigan in the high jump and Kowalski and junior Emily Rings in the long jump.

"We have been focusing on improving our field events," Beatty said. "We have worked hard there so we can improve in every area and get our girls in scoring position."

Schedules

COFFMAN

April 5 -- Wildcat Premier at Hilliard Davidson

April 8 -- vs. Grove City

April 12 -- Lexington Invitational

April 15 -- vs. Scioto

April 19 -- Dublin Classic at home

April 22 -- at Thomas Worthington with Hilliard Davidson

April 25 -- Wildcat Invitational at Westerville South

April 29 -- vs. Granville and Worthington Kilbourne

May 3 -- Gary Smith Invitational at Thomas Worthington

May 6 -- at Upper Arlington with Jerome

May 9 -- Larkin/Crosten Invitational at Upper Arlington

May 15, 17 -- OCC-Central meet at Thomas Worthington

JEROME

April 5 -- Wildcat Premier at Hilliard Davidson

April 9 -- vs. Scioto and Westerville South

April 11 -- Panther Invitational at Hilliard Darby

April 15 -- vs. Hilliard Darby and Olentangy Liberty

April 19 -- Dublin Classic at Coffman

April 22 -- at Jonathan Alder with Marysville

April 25 -- Freedom Relays at Olentangy Liberty

April 30 -- vs. DeSales

May 3 -- Gary Smith Invitational at Thomas Worthington

May 6 -- at Upper Arlington with Coffman

May 15, 17 -- OCC-Cardinal meet at Hilliard Bradley

SCIOTO

April 5 -- Newark Invitational

April 8 -- at Jerome with Westerville South

April 12 -- Stingel Invitational at Pickerington North

April 15 -- at Coffman

April 19 -- Dublin Classic at Coffman

April 22 -- at Hilliard Bradley

April 25 -- Fulton Relays at Lancaster

April 29 -- at Hilliard Darby

May 2 -- Olentangy Invitational

May 3 -- Gary Smith Invitational at Thomas Worthington

May 9 -- Larkin/Crosten Invitational at Upper Arlington

May 15, 17 -- OCC-Cardinal meet at Hilliard Bradley

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