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PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZNorthwestern senior Molly Tarvin takes the baton from Alyssa Zack during a meet last season. PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZNorthwestern senior Molly Tarvin takes the baton from Alyssa Zack during a meet last season.
PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZNorthwestern senior Hannah Herzon runs the 4x800 meter relay during a meet last spring. PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZNorthwestern senior Hannah Herzon runs the 4x800 meter relay during a meet last spring.
PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Northwestern junior Alyssa Zack takes the baton from classmate Maddie Consulos during a meet last season. PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Northwestern junior Alyssa Zack takes the baton from classmate Maddie Consulos during a meet last season.

Girls return wealth of talent

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by PATRICK MATSINKO pmatsinko@tnonline.com in Sports

The Northwestern girls track and field team returns a wealth of talent from last year’s team that went 9-2 in the Colonial League.

Abby Chisdak (senior, javelin), Hannah Herzon (senior, mid-and-long distance), Jordan Lowthert (senior, high jump and triple jump), Molly Tarvin (senior, mid and long distance), Sage Christopher (junior, throwing events), Maddie Consuelos (junior, mid and long distance), Kayla Leibensperger (junior, throwing events), Sarah Supplee (junior, hurdles and mid distance), Alyssa Zack (junior, mid and long distance) and Ally Costa (sophomore, mid and long distance) are back to give the Tigers a solid core heading into the season.

“Our mid- and long-distance group of athletes, coached again by Amy Kelly and Matt Fritz, and led by Molly Tarvin, Hannah Herzon, Maddie Consuelos, Ally Costa, Alyssa Zack, and Sarah Supplee, will be the strength of this teams,” said head coach Chuck Groller. “We’re also looking to continue to get points out of our throwing group led by Colonial League Championship medalists Sage Christopher and Kayla Leibensperger. One area of weakness will be in our sprinting group, where we have many untested underclassmen vying for competition position.”

Groller is also expecting Leila Toth (senior, pole vault), Sydney Derr (junior, pole vault), Emma Fogal (junior, hurdles), Allyson Hinks (junior, hurdles), Cayden Rex (junior, sprints), Jessica Wertman (junior, high jump) and Carly Fogal (sophomore, long and triple jumps) to have larger roles on the team this season.

While the Tigers have a wealth of talent returning, they will have to replace several key members of last year’s team, such as Stacy Everett (hurdles, high jump, long jump), Hannah Gough (discus and shot put), Courtney Page (sprints and long jump) and Emily Renner (sprints).

“We are still putting the pieces of the puzzle together, but our girls should be competitive and strong in every meet,” said Groller. “We have experience and talent, good attitudes, and a good work ethic at practice.

“In order to be successful, though, we will need to have the mental toughness and focus when competing in every event in every meet. Our first meet next week will tell us just how strong we are as we will be going up against two top quality teams in Southern Lehigh and Saucon Valley.”