2012 Girls 4×100 Preview By Coach Cash

400 Relay

January 26th, 2012

Pike

Could be one of the five fastest relays in the state’s history. And I must mention that Jasmine McFadden is at Pike, not North Central…and she is a senior this year. My apologies to Jasmine. Could also have Morgan and Chelsea Yeadon, and a healthy Morgan Haney this year.

Wayne

Brianna Thomas takes this relay to another level. Wanda Long brings experience, and Brittney Britt(Britt Britt?) should be much improved this year. Look for Danaesia Simmons and Aaliyah Ellis to battle for the fourth spot.

Northrop

Look for a freshman or two to be in the mix for this relay. The Bruins are loaded with talent, and could set this relay up in a lot of different ways. Jaquelle Taylor should be more of a factor this year.

Warren Central

They only return three from last year, but WC usually reloads well. Add anyone to the combination of Shannon Parker, Oshticia Jackson, and Ashanetta Harris…and they will still go high 47’s

Ben Davis

Maya Caudle ran a fantastic substitute leadoff leg at last year’s regional as a freshman, and will be counted on to make a huge contribution last year. Trust will be a huge factor.

Saint Joseph’s

This could be the best foursome in school history: Rachel Staud, Mikaila Chamblee, Morgan Carroll and likely Michelle Potter(aka “Ms. I-never-met-a-relay-I-didn’t-like”).

Snider

With Enissa Wimby, Ryianna Wallace-Coleman, and a basketball-free Akilah Sims,  this team should be flying. They have two options on a fourth runner: Have Karrina Smith go back-to-back with the 400, or build up Christiana Hicks or Kimberly Brown.

Hamilton Southeastern

They will probably make a late season run this year. They need to replace one, but the Royals usually have a solid freshman on the team.

Lawrence Central

They have a lot to replace, but a lot of runner to reload with. Their offseason sprint program was 40 girls strong…in October.

Cathedral

I might have them underrated a bit. They have a lot of talent, and should add another freshman this year, but they have lacked in the consistency department.

Fishers

The way these athletes trained over the summer, I would be shocked if they were not faster than last year’s squad.

Richmond

Losing Kim Demmings was big, but I think Mercedes Carr will have a breakout season and do something special. Also keep an eye on Brooklyn Taylor.

New Palestine

This team is very capable of running sub-49. Look for a big year from Lauren Foray.

Merrillville

Angelica Peppers will have her best year to date, and the Pirates return all 4 runners plus both alternates.

Lawrence North

They only return three of the six runners on the relay, But I’m excited to see a (soccerless?) Kennedy Hathaway healthy and sprinting this year, instead of only high jumping. Look for Ashley Jackson to be the fourth leg on the relay.

Perry Meridian

I like this relay a lot. Kari Zimmerman, Lauren Spencer (I forgot about her in my hurdle rankings), and the sophomore duo of Mercedes Clemons and Antonia Chenowith. A freshman should be in the mix, and would likely take someone’s spot.

Columbus North

A very solid relay that returns all four runners. Kaci Thomkins and Lindsey Britt will both need to have big years to take this team into the low 49 range.

Goshen

Julie Jesse and Anna Magallanes will need to develop quickly, or this relay could be scrapped, so that Stutzman and Yoder can focus on individual events.

North Central

This relay will be higher on the list if Rachel Gregory realizes that this is her best sport, not basketball. Kiara Scott should have a big year, as well as other sophomores and juniors on the team.

Center Grove

They were pretty young last year, and return three of four runners. If Sydney Clute stays healthy, I think she will be on this relay.

Mishawka

Abena Gyasiwa will have a huge year to lead this team, and this relay. The other five runners are pretty close in talent, so it will be fun to see them compete for the final three spots.

Evansville North

Without Shamell, this relay wouldn’t go very far. What concerns me is that they will not face any competition until the State finals. Hard to execute good exchanges when there is no pressure to do so.

Norwell

Olivia Shapley will have to step up and lead this relay, and that includes getting the most out of two girls named Olivia and a youngster named Francesca. Alex Wall should be much improved this year.

Concordia

They should have a couple of incoming freshmen that will compete for a spot on this relay, but everything hinges on the progress of Jacqueline Dixie.

West Side

I really wanted to put Anderson in this spot, but I can not go against the history of Gary West Side. They have a great AAU feeder system that should give them a fast freshman or two.

One response to “2012 Girls 4×100 Preview By Coach Cash”

  1. sarah says:

    What about Decatur Central’s Ariel Capps? Shot put? She is going to State today at I.U. she is going to Marion University! She is awesome!