Lawrenceville’s 2018-19 girls’ varsity indoor track and field team is loaded with talent. Head Coach and Director of Track and Field Erik Chaput gave us the scoop on what to expect from Big Red this year. The season begins at home on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2:00 p.m.
Q: What are your overall expectations for the 2018-19 girls’ varsity track team?
Erik Chaput: This might just be the most talented team we have had in the indoor season in my six seasons at Lawrenceville. We have an incredible array of talent in almost every contested event. What is so special is that a lot of the talent out there is from the II and III forms. The captains and the coaching staff has worked hard early in the season to instill a growth mindset in all the athletes so that every athlete feels that she can push themselves to new heights, fast times, long jumps and far throws. In addition, perhaps what is most important, is that this is a welcoming team. Our captains are dedicated to making sure that everyone feels apart of the program so we can collectively work towards our goals at the end of the season.
Q: Is there any meet that you are most looking forward to?
EC: Without question one of the biggest meets of the season for Big Red is the Mercer County Championship in late January. Last year the girls lost by half a point and are eager to go after the title. Another highlight of the season is always the historic Lavino Relays. This year the large relay carnival (largest single day carnival in New Jersey) will be held on Saturday January 12th.
Q: Lawrentians set a School record in the 4x800 (9:42.57) last year. How many of those student-athletes are returning and what are your expectations in 2018-19 for them?
EC: Co-Captain Margaux Terrasson ‘19, Carolyn King ‘20, and Marcia Ojo ’21 will once again be looking to establish themselves on the state ranking board. II former Kiera Duffy has had a strong showing early in the season and the coaching staff will be turning to her to help round out the quartet.
Q: Last year, the girls 4x400 finished fourth at the Eastern Championships at the historic New York City Armory and qualified for the New Balance Indoor Track and Field Nationals. How does this year’s quartet look?
EC: Grace Faircloth ’20, our talented anchor, will once again join Co-Captain Amy Aririguzoh ‘20 and Marcia Ojo as they chase another trip to the Big Apple for Nationals. Captain Meg Barnes ’19 brings tremendous leadership to the sprint program and will be looking to make a name for herself in the open 400 meter. Third Formers Ava Conyer and Ije Achebe, and Fourth Former Ellie Vogel, are also very talented quarter milers.
Q: Who should we be watching in the longer distance races?
EC: The distance squad will be led by veterans Mayeli Santos ‘19, Ashley Orser ‘19, and Mullika Sahrawat ‘19. The coaching staff will be turning to these veterans at the end of the season as the squad chase championship wins. Talented newcomers to the distance program include II formers Allison Haworth ‘20, Kierra Duffy ‘22, Kate McCann ’22, and Carina Li ’22.
Q: How does Big Red look in the shorter distance races?
EC: Sprinters Izzy Huang ‘18, Olivia Koch ’20, Melody Leung ’19, and Meg Hillman ‘19 are ready to tear up the track in the 55 meter, 4x200m relays, and open 200 meter runs. Third Former Laila Ritter and Second Formers Mandy Vogel and Piper Harell dazzled the coaching staff with their speed during tryout week.
Q: It looks like another exciting year for the jumpers as well as the runners. Can you tell us a little about them?
EC: Big Red boasts the most talented high jump squad in New Jersey: Amy Aririguzoh, Jordyn Ford ‘21, and Ashley Warren ‘20. Each athlete has cleared well over 5 feet with Arirugozh going 5-7 last year! In the sand pit, Co-Captain Kendall Onley ’19, one of the most talented jumpers in Mercer County, will be looking to make a name for herself in the state in the triple jump.
Q: What about the pole vault and shot put?
EC: Dylan Welborne ’21, Isabella Ricardo ’21, Kate Reilly ’21, and Anaya Malhotra ’22 will lead the pole vault squad. In the shot put circle, veterans Rina Francolini ‘19, Kalah Brown ’19, and Mykael Canady ’20 will be looking to put up big points for Big Red during championship season.
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