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Chippewa Valley and Fraser girls take the track

April 16, 2014

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Chippewa Valley sophomore Cassidy Smith practices running the 300 hurdles.

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The girls track team at Chippewa Valley hasn’t lost a dual meet in Macomb Area Conference Blue competition in two years, and the Big Reds are hoping to continue that winning streak this spring.

Chippewa has several key contributors from last year’s team who scored 221 points and won the Blue meet championship by 134 points. Many of those athletes returning have set school records, and they’re looking for more success in 2014.

“Our girls program has been up and coming. We have a group of seniors, that when they were freshmen, they started building the foundation for where we’re at right now,” Chippewa coach Terry Wilson said.

“Our senior class of girls got thrown into the fire as freshmen, and they’ve matured to where they’re the leaders of our team now. Our (freshmen) this year won’t get thrown into the fire like that group did, but hopefully through osmosis, they’ll learn the leadership capabilities and progress until they’re seniors.”

Senior long jumper Sheridan Wood set the Chippewa school record at 16-10 3/4 last year, and she could be one of the region’s top competitors in that event. Wood could also be Chippewa’s top sprinter.

Senior distance runner Rachel Walny, who is committed to run for Bowling Green State University next year, ran in the 1600- and 3200-meter races at the state finals last year after winning both events at regionals. Walny holds the school records at Chippewa for the 800, 1600 and 3200.

Kaylee Wood, Chippewa’s school record holder in the pole vault, is back for her senior season, and she could also improve on her fifth-place finish in long jump at last year’s regional.

Senior Natalie Cizmas leads the middle distance team for the Big Reds, while senior Emonie Harris contributes in sprints and junior Maddie Wesley helps in long distance.

Increased depth should improve Ramblers

With just 20 girls on last year’s team, Fraser High went 2-3 overall in 2013, but the Ramblers have doubled that number of girls out for the track team this spring.

That increased depth should help Fraser fill out its lineup, but the Ramblers appear to be strongest in the hurdle events.

Senior Rachel Kloski leads in hurdles, long jump and on the sprint relays. Kloski took third in the long jump last year at regionals with a leap of 16-4, and she also took third in the 100 hurdles at the regional with a time of 17.02 seconds.

“She’s a kid that’s in it to win it, and she wants to achieve greatness,” Fraser head coach Patrick Threet said.

Bridgette Wolf, who’s coming off a third-place finish at last year’s regional in the 300 hurdles, forms a formidable duo with Kloski in the hurdle events.

Sophomore Amber Bednarchik leads the sprints, while senior Olivia Marquardt is the top thrower and senior Kristen Lintz leads the distance team.

“We’re really young; we have a lot of freshmen and sophomores, and only a handful of seniors and juniors. It will be interesting to see how things go, but I think we’ll be stronger than we were last year because, in terms of numbers, we’re about double from where we were last year, so that should help us out,” Threet said.

Fraser begins its schedule in the Blue April 17 with a dual meet at L’Anse Creuse North.

About the author

Staff Writer Thomas Franz covers Macomb Township, Chippewa Valley Schools and the Macomb County Board of Commissioners for the Macomb Township Chronicle. He also covers sports primarily for the Shelby-Utica News. He has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2013 and attended Michigan State University.

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