While graduation may have led to the departure of many of the county’s top female runners plenty of talent remains including reigning District II Class A champion Krista Jones.
The Elk Lake sophomore topped an outstanding rookie campaign with a District title and a state medal at the PIAA meet.
She will be joined by Montrose’s Hannah Perkins, Forest City’s Rachel Korty, and Lady Warrior teammate Sadie Bosscher as the top returning runners.
Besides Jones and Bosscher the Lady Warriors will have Sophomores Emma Chotkowski and Lilly Struzzieri along with Freshman Molly McGlynn.
“We thought we’d have a little more depth,” said Elk Lake Coach Will Squire noting that a couple of last year’s Junior High runners opted to compete in different sports this fall.
“But this group has good chemistry,” noted Squier. “Sadie has taken over a strong leadership role and the girls are responding to that.”
A mix of upper classmen and promising underclassmen has Blue Ridge coach Matt Nebzydoski optimistic heading into the season.
Seniors Kayleen Conklin and Gia Fiori lead the group that also includes Juniors Holly Geyer and Ashley Tomassaci, Sophomores Kayla Blaisure and Cameron Robinson, and Freshmen Lily Bleck and Madison Carpenter.
“I expect Gia Fiore, Kayleen Conklin, and Holly Geyer to finish in the top fifteen of most races,” said Blue Ridge Coach Matt Nebzydoski.
Bronze-medal winner Georgia Smith may have graduated, but the Lady Meteors will have Perkins who will lead an inexperienced squad that features Juniors Bridget Bendock, Elizabeth Chidester, and Kelley Warner, Sophomores Annika Bixby and Margaret Nebzydoski and Freshmen Paige Brewer and Stephanie Summerville.
Bixby was also a top 15 finisher in the District II championships while Brewer and Summerville come into their freshmen campaigns after helping lead Montrose to a second-place finish at the Lackawanna League Championships.
“Paige Brewer and Stephanie Summerville had nice season on Junior High,” said Montrose Coach Dean Brewer. “I think they will adjust to the longer distances.”
Information on Susquehanna was unavailable at press time.