2012 Girls 4×400 Preview by Coach Cash
January 26th, 2012
They are hungry to bring the State meet record back to Fort Wayne, after helplessly watching from behind as Ashley Spencer and Lawrence North took it away.
Not only did they not lose anyone from last year’s relay… Addison Hall, who was the fastest leg on the Fishers relay, has moved in. Life is good for the Bears.
Brionna Thomas will be the most feared anchor. I’d take her over anyone, and with the 400 meter talent in this state…that’s saying something.
New Coach LeGretta Smith was the architect of the 4×400 relays at Lawrence North, and she will have them ready for this race. I’m excited to see what she will do with the existing talent there.
A very tough group, and Bell may be the toughest of them all. PSA: Do not call her Margaret Bell. She will punch you in the face. Look for breakout seasons for Sarah Mark, Elaine Wessel, and Stephanie Barnes.
They have quite a few options for this relay, but it all comes down to Karrina Smith. I think she will be more fresh for this relay than she was last year, and will have some great battles with Brionna Thomas.
Last year’s pursuit of the school record was fun to monitor, but they fell just shy of their goal.
The G’s have to step up for this relay; as in Goggans and Goens. Elite sprinters are always in the mix for the 4×4. If they want to be elite, they will train for it.
What new Coach Dede Nathan has to decide is which relay will have two Yeadons on it, I don’t think it will be this one. Look for an exciting season for freshman Dani Campbell.
They will return all four runners from last year. Neither Staud or Chamblee were in the foursome. Chamblee has too many events, but Staud could drop a field event if she needs to be on this relay.
They will need to replace last year’s emotional leader, Jourdin Heinrichs, who is now at UIndy. Will Meredith Jackson remain as the leadoff? I would love to see her in a position to catch some girls. And you can’t have a FC relay without a Talhelm, will it be Julia or Carolyn?
Madison Stenger and Arden Piepho deserve a lot of credit for the success of that relay, and I think both will be even better this year. Hester and Poynter will be fast as usual.
Losing Addison Hall was big, and I am not sure if they can recover from that this year. They will have another runner step up and run well, as they have a lot of talent at that distance.
My guess is that Davis will push this team for the limit, and get great performances out of Darien Thompson, Jireh Hart, and Deborah Gardner
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They lost Savannah Newsome, but they could be even faster than last year. Look for sophomore Jessica Nelson to step up big.
Besides Bellmont, I am most looking forward to following this relay as it takes shape. I think if Anna Lutes doesn’t run the 300 hurdles and the 200, she will be a lot more fresh. Big year for Madison Morris as they will dip under 4 minutes.
Gabby Sims infiltrated the Fab Four, and pushed Kaci Thompkins off the relay. They will be stronger this year, and I could see a fierce battle for relay spots. No one is safe.
Marleigh Petras’ freshman year was more quiet than I had expected. But now that she is settled in and comfortable, I think she will take the reins of this relay. It is loaded with talent.
They only return two of six runners, but I have to respect the tradition of the Wildcats. Even if Coach Smith is gone.
The runners are talented, but very inconsistent. If this team doesn’t score at the state meet, it will because it was not important to every member of the relay.