Champlin Park girls track and field returns strong core

By Matthew Davis
Sun Post Newspapers

With strong experience and previous success, Champlin Park girls track and field could make a strong showing again in key meets this spring.
“We have a strong group of returning seniors,” Rebels coach Mark O’Neill said.
All-State too as four of those seniors won such honors last year at the Class AA state meet. Miatta Flemister-Smith, Awele Nwaokolo, Tanya Horton and Tamera Neely led the Rebels 4×200-meter relay to the podium at state. Flemister-Smith also took second in the 100-meter dash.
In addition, the Rebels have senior All-Northwest Suburban Conference thrower Samantha Anderson back. She made all-conference in both the shot put and discus last spring.
Overall, the Rebels had a strong team season in 2015 with second-place finishes in the Section 5AA True Team meet and the NWSC meet. They also took ninth at state.
State champion long jumper Allison Gerads, a junior, may leave a huge void for points though. She may miss the whole season due to an ACL tear in girls basketball.
“We will need some other athletes to fill up the other 15 events to be as competitive as the team from 2015,” O’Neill said.
Champlin Park will have its first home outdoor meet on April 5 against Robbinsdale Armstrong.

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