Preview: Lake Region Indoor Track & Field

LAKE REGION GIRLS’ INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

Head Coach: Mark Snow, fifth year

Assistant Coach: Dana Caron, third year

Volunteer Assistant: Eric Hall, second year

Roster: Seniors, Julia Carlson 800m, shot put; Victoria Girardin, distance; Kayla Gray, 800m, 1600m; Emily Hemingway, sprints; Sarah Hemingway, sprints; Molly Hook, shot put, 55m; Leanne Kugelman, sprints; Mascha Kuhlmann, 400m, 800m; Maude Meeker, 800m, hurdles; Kristina Morton, 800m, shot put; Hannah Perkins, sprints, relays; Luna Zhang, sprints, jumps.

Juniors, Amy Angelone, sprints, relays; Zoe Barrett, middle distance; Dani LaPointe, 800m, shot put; Elizabeth Schreiber, long jump, 400m; Courtney Yates, jumps, sprints.

Sophomores, Kate Hall, sprints, long jump; Julie Lent, middle distance; Bridgette Letarte, sprints; Natasha Snow, shot put, sprints; Rachel Stofflet, shot put, 400m.

Freshmen, Audrey Blais, 400m, 800m; Zoe Snow, shot put, jumps.

Top returnees: Kate Hall won the league and state titles in the long jump, 55 meters and 200 meters; Hannah Perkins placed sixth in the 800m at the State Meet and ran the 1000 meters at the New Englands; Kristina Morton and Maude Meeker scored over 20 points in last year’s regular season.

Top newcomers: LR coaches are excited to add Molly Hook, Kayla Gray and Courtney Yates from the outdoor team to complement veterans Julia Carlson, Elizabeth Schreiber and Dani LaPointe from last year’s indoor team.

Team strengths: “Our top strength is that we have two of the top sprinters in the league. Kate is the best around and Hannah was a wide range of abilities,” Coach Snow said. “The middle distance group and shot putters should also score consistently during the regular season.”

Question marks: How to cover all 21 events during the regular season? “I don’t think we can and I don’t want the girls to worry about that. Training during the indoor season is tough. Adding a new event is even tougher,” Coach Snow said.

What events to have Hannah and the other runners enter in the meets? “We are tentatively planning on Hannah primarily running the 400 meters. This will allow most of the other girls to run the 800 meters and possibly the mile,” the coach said. “We can also rotate girls in the 4x800m relay as we have quite a few interested.”

What has impressed you during the preseason? “I have been impressed with how both teams have accepted our increase in conditioning drills and weight training,” Coach Snow said. “We have a few new routines and the team has not complained once.”

Keys to the season (for both squads): Stay healthy. It’s been said many times by many coaches of many sports — Have a healthy team and you will have a successful, satisfying season. Also, will the increase in conditioning and weight training pay off in results?

“For the teams to be successful, we must come to every practice with a thirst for excellence. Showing up and going through the drills with low intensity doesn’t yield great results,” Coach Snow said. “Our most successful athletes and teams have been driven to succeed at practice as well as at meets.”

What do you like most about this year’s teams? “They truly enjoy each other’s company. This can sometimes lead to a lack of focus, but this team will do any workout as long as they tackle the workout as a team. It’s great to see.  They are very supportive of each other,” the coach said.

LAKE REGION BOYS’ TRACK & FIELD

Roster: Seniors, Mason Kluge-Edwards, hurdles, jumps; Redbad Mosterd, sprints, jumps; Jeremy McClure, sprints, long jump.

Junior, Ben Roy shot put, 800m.

Sophomores, Gaelon Kolczynski, 200m, 400m; Ryan Morton, distance.

Freshman, Nick Scarlett, distance.

Top returnees: Mason Kluge-Edwards placed in multiple events last season; Jeremy McClure narrowly missed qualifying for the State Meet in two sprints; and Ben Roy moves up to the senior division of the shot put.

Top newcomers: Galeon Kolczynski joins the indoor squad from the outdoor team. The Lakers also added Ryan Morton, RB Mosterd and Nick Scarlett.

Team strengths: The Lakers probably have the smallest (in number) boys’ team in the league. “This is not a strength, but it does allow us to give more attention to each athlete and their individual goals,” Coach Snow said.

Question marks: Why do so many boys not participate in winter sports? There are separate events for the ninth and 10th graders. There are 21 events for the athletes. “We can improve every athlete’s speed, strength and endurance so they can perform better in their spring sport,” Coach Snow said. “The boys and girls on the team have a great time. It is the biggest question I have about the indoor season.”

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