May Newsletter: OLP Fields Largest Track Team Ever

Despite a paucity of seniors, OLP in 2014 had its largest track and field team ever with sixty-three girls on the roster. The freshman class this year was especially promising, and solid performances were recorded throughout the team.

The team’s top distance runner was freshman Lacey Yahnke, who was the Most Valuable Player on the Cross Country team. Lacey runs the half-mile, mile, and anchors the mile relay team. Team captain, junior Lindsay Magee, handled the difficult two-mile race.

For the first time in several years OLP had a complete hurdle crew. Two freshmen, Katherine Shen and Amelia Martin, ran the hurdles for the first time and did very well under the leadership of sophomore Erin Berg, the team’s top hurdler, and the much-improved junior Alexa Ornelas. C

oach Krystine Kruchten had a solid sprint group this year, led by team captain and 4 x 100 anchor junior Jade Vidal. The sprinters also had a youth movement, with sophomores and first-year runners Kate Hofbauer and Sammie Trescott along with second-year sophomore Natalia Nunez and junior Nadia Balin leading the group. Juniors Hannah Keohane and Casey Barbosa handled the difficult 400-meters very well. On the field side, sophomore Kathleen Boyle picked up right where her OLP record-holding sister Colleen left off. Colleen, who now attends the University of Notre Dame, holds the school record in the triple jump, but Kathleen was not far off her mark this year, soaring to over 32 feet. Kathleen was also the team’s top long jumper. Other jumpers who improved greatly this year under coach Rolan Reyes were team captain junior Gabby Ashenafi, sophomores Talia Hill and Alyssa Dharmawan, and the very promising freshmen Sophie Bartels and Elizabeth Hanczor. Junior Casey Barbosa was the team’s top high jumper, clearing 4’10.” The team’s throwers this year, under the tutelage of coach Stacey Lewis, were captain junior Bella Halley, and sophomores Amanda Moreno, Briana Tancredi.