LAKEVILLE – LaVille Girls Head Track Coach Erin Ecker will greet five letterwinners following the 2019 season and COVID in 2020. The Lancer Girls Track team might be small on numbers, but still look to make a strong impact.
“This year we have five ladies returning that lettered in the 2019 season – Rebekah Beehler, Madelyn Fuchs, Olivia Goze, Abby Leonhard, and Faith Rock,” said Ecker. “They will be joined by Lauren Edison, Ava Fuchs, London Kwiatkowski, and Lucy Sherk who were on the 2018-2019 Hoosier North Athletic Conference Middle School Championship team. So we have nine girls with experience and a handful of newcomers that work hard every day and do what we ask.
“With Beehler, we could probably stick her in any event and she would have a shot at winning it,” continued Ecker. “And with the experienced athletes, they should have strong showings as well. It will be hard to fill some events with much depth, but we couldn’t ask for a better group of young ladies. Winning meets may be hard with the lack of depth but we should fare well in individual events.”
According to Ecker, a good balance of returning experience to go with a couple new competitors could lead to strong results.
“Madelyn Fuchs is back for us at high jump and is looking really good, she will be joined by her sister Ava,” Ecker said of her field event competitors. “Olivia Goze is our returning long jumper and she is picking right off where she was two seasons ago. Abby Leonhard is showing progress in pole vault. Lucy Sherk and Faith Rock are our lone throwers. They compliment one another very well with Lucy preferring and excelling at shot put, whereas Faith is stronger in the discus.”
In the sprint events, Beehler and Goze are leading the way so far.
“Beehler and Goze are our two most experienced short sprinters,” said Ecker. “They were both on the 4 x 100 teams with Kalista Lemberis and Natalie Gonzalez. Madelyn Fuchs is transitioning nicely from hurdles into sprints to help fill the gap that those two girls left. They will be joined by Abby Leonhard one of our top 400M runners and London Kwiatkowski.”
So what about the distance events?
“Myra Garcia and Ava Fuchs will have a strong 800M presence,” said Ecker. “Taylor Keb and Jamie Havera are back this year. Last year they were lucky to get the one indoor meet in before our season ended and they will both be running the 1600M. Keb will Join Faith Rock in the 3200M, both of them ran cross country this past fall and the longer race is definitely their sweet spot.”
According to Ecker, Lauren Edison will be the Lancertop hurdler this spring.
“Our primary hurdler is Lauren Edison, she is so coachable and gets better every day,” said Ecker. “Myra will join her in the 100M race and Faith Rock will accompany her in the 300M race.”
Highlights to the invitational and conference schedule in 2021 include the Dennis Rippy Invitational at John Glenn High School on Friday, May 7. That meet is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.
LaVille High School will travel to Knox High School to participate in the 2021 Hoosier North Boys Track Championships on Thursday, May 11 at 5 p.m. before the Indiana High School Athletic Association state track series begins on May 18.