Seniors Help Anchor OLP Sprinters
OLP’s 2015 track team has some promising new faces, especially in the sprints. Freshmen Samantha Carranza, Gaby Maxwell, and Ashley Northrup along with sophomore Katelyn Heffler have all shown promise in the early going, and all seem to have promising high school track and field careers ahead of them. They’re fast, dedicated, and have shown themselves to be very coachable. They are also blessed with having two very accomplished and very helpful seniors to guide them, Jade Vidal and Hannah Keohane.
Now in their final year, both Jade and Hannah have been invaluable members of the OLP track and field program. Both have lettered every year, Jade in the 100 and 200, Hannah in the 400. Both are on the relay teams. Sprinting is a lot more than just running fast. One has to know the finer points of starting block technique, relay exchanges, track meet warm-ups and cool-downs, and the psychological art of having yourself ready to do your best despite the inevitable nervousness. This is where Jade and Hannah are at their best, patiently yet enthusiastically working with their younger teammates on the sport’s details, all the while carrying on an upbeat and encouraging attitude. They are a coaches’ dream.
The track and field team is solid in just about all divisions for 2015. Sophomore Lacey Yahnke is doing better than ever in the distance races, sophomore Sophie Bartels, junior Kathleen Boyle, and senior Talia Hill have been solid in the jumps, junior Erin Berg and senior Alexa Ornelas are already up to their good form in the hurdles, and junior Amanda Moreno is nearing her personal best in the throws. It should be another exciting year.