Lady Devils excited to start track season


Terry McCaulley

Alexis Gerwert is hoping to get back to District championship form this season in the pole vault.

John Kost, Staff Writer

Tuesday is the start of a new girls track season for Bellwood-Antis, and expectations are high coming off of a 13-1 season.

This team will include senior Karson Swogger as the team’s top sprinter and sophomore Jenna Bartlett as the lead in distance.

In the field, sophomores Kara Engle and Shaylee Bennet throw the shotput and discus. Competing in the high jump are Kamryn Mercer, Stephanie Mills, and Kaelynn Behrens, all of whom qualified for districts last year.

Pole vault will feature Lexi Gerwert, who was the 2015 District 6 champ as a freshman, along with a group of others who want to qualify for district this year, like Phoebe Potter, Makenna Mayers and Addison Clemente. Long and triple jump will feature Sophie Damiano and Swogger, who had great season as juniors.

Riley D’Angelo should shine in the 800 and the 4×400 relay, while Abby Lunesmann and Kenna Kearns make B-A strong in the 110 and 300 hurdles.

“I expect a very good turnout for the girls this year. I think that we have a very talented group of girls with loads of determination and potential,” said Kaelynn.

Bellwood will have to run for the first time in a while without Marissa Panasitti, who graduated last year. She was their top sprinter from last year and was strong on the relays, but now the Lady Devils have enough depth to make up for the loss. Losing Reagan Plowman and Christina Kowalski in distance will also be a tough void to fill.