Last updated: April 19. 2014 12:38AM - 2364 Views
By Kyle Magda For The Times Leader

On the girls side, Holy Redeemer is looking for the next stars to take over for departed district gold medalists like Rachel Sowinski (left) and Cassandra Gill.
On the girls side, Holy Redeemer is looking for the next stars to take over for departed district gold medalists like Rachel Sowinski (left) and Cassandra Gill.
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Holy Redeemer’s girls track and field team had four seniors who earned All-Star honors last season.

Now there will be new girls to step up and fill their shoes.

Redeemer won their third consecutive district title in 2013, as seniors Melissa Cruz, Cassandra Gill, Fallyn Boich, and Rachel Sowinski all made the All-Star team.

With the four seniors graduating, coach Kevin Walters points out that every team goes through a transition.

“Just like any other team,” Walters said. “There are kids to fill the next flat. When we have kids moving out, there’s a good kid moving in.”

And one of those kids is junior Olivia Gregorio, who joined the four seniors on the All-Star team last season.

“Olivia seems to be under the radar,” Walters said. “It’s nice to be the sleeping giant.”

And she sure is, as the youngest member of the 3,200 relay team contributed to their district championship and state silver medal in 2013.

With Redeemer looking to repeat its success, Walters says it’s not a rebuilding year.

“It’s not rebuilding, it’s moving forward,” he said. “Our sophomore class is huge. We’ll be looking forward to the end of the season.”

The Royals went undefeated in the regular season last season and alongside their district title, made a little noise at states at Shippensburg University.

Cruz placed second, along with Sowinski, Gill and Gregorio in the 3,200 relay. The four teamed up to finish with a time of 9:32.04, just 2.31 seconds behind state champion Villa Maria.

Sowinski also grabbed a medal with a fourth-place finish in the 1,600.

On the throwing side, Boich recorded a fourth-place finish in javelin (131-6) and was just a foot off of medaling in discus.

Walters credits a lot of the success to what his athletes do on and off the track.

“We really try to give the program to the kids,” Walters said. “We’re really focused on mentoring the kids to be leaders. They do work on the track and off the track.”

And with the new wave of athletes coming in, there couldn’t be a better opportunity for them.

Walters also knows this season his squad will try to give another great effort.

“I’d like to take a bunch of kids to states again and be in the running for a title,” Walters said. “District 2 is tough. Montrose and Holy Cross are some really solid teams out there. It’s always tough to replace, but it will take an entire team effort. (The seniors) scored a lot of points last season.”

And with each group of students leaving, he hopes the future kids can take charge and shape their destiny.

“The kids can really take control of the team. They know what it feels like and what it feels like and each generation keeps going on.”

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