By Matthew Davis
With a young returning crew, Champlin Park girls track will look to build this season.
“We’re looking for these 70-some kids to really compete for the varsity spots now as we start moving outdoors now in April,” Rebels coach Mark O’Neill said.
Ashley Adegeye comes back as a captain for throwing. At their indoor scrimmage on March 26 at the school’s field house, Adegeye broke a 22-year-old shot put record for Rebels indoor meets with a throw of 36 feet, six inches.
Madison Foss, a senior throwing captain, also returns. Hanna Stoebe, a junior hurdler, will also serve as a captain. She came one spot short of state in hurdle events last year. Sarah Watson, also senior captain, specializes in the high jump.
Danielle Johnson, a sophomore, could get some points for the Rebels in distance events. Tanya Horton, a sophomore sprinter could make some things happen in the 100, 200 and 400.
Awele Nwaokolo, a sophomore, will run sprints and triple jump. She could help the Rebels on the scoreboard if she builds on her ninth-grade season.
“She scored a lot of points for us as a ninth-grader,” O’Neill said.
Allison Gerards, a ninth-grader and three-sport athlete, has promising jumping skills. She won both the long jump and high jump for the Rebels at their indoor scrimmage.
Juniors Kathryn Novak and Elizabeth Lindgren will run distance again. Tamaria Verdell, a sophomore, will throw shot put and discus. She can also put up points for the Rebels.
“She was one of our better discus throwers last year as a ninth grader,” O’Neill said.
The Rebels will have new pole vaulters since the previous ones graduated, an event the Rebels have had success at in the past.
Rebels boys track looks to young athletes
Champlin Park’s boys team has seen lots of success in the past two seasons.
The Rebels won back-to-back Section 5AA titles and took fourth at state in 2013. A lion’s share of the points scorers all graduated last year, which means newer Rebels will need to step up to carry the torch.
Joe Stephens and Emmanuel Egbujor, who both took top-five finishes in their individual events at state, graduated. State individual qualifier Joe Sando also graduated. This list of graduates only gets longer with Ramadan Hassan, Michael Sales, Taylor Abram and Andrew Ziegler to name a few.
Jeremy Johnson, a senior, gives the Rebels some leadership and potential for points at meets. He took third in the high jump at state last year and will look to make another run.
Datrice Mulsumo also returns for the Rebels. Mulsumo finished seventh in the 100 at last year’s section meet.
Terrance Smith, a senior, will run hurdles again. He took tenth for the 110 at the true team state meet.
Filipp Musatav, a sophomore, returns for sprints. Musatav had a sixth-place finish in the 200 at last year’s state true team.
At that meet, the Rebels had 21athletes put up points. How much depth they can show with a young team this year will determine their success in May and June.
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