Juniors Haley Stackhouse and Marcyssa Brown are back to again lead the way for the Wyoming Area girls track and field team.
The combined efforts of the two state qualifiers accounted for more than 80 percent of the points last season while lifting Wyoming Area to the top half of the field in the District 2 Class AAA Championships.
“Haley just got off a great indoor season where she finished sixth in the state in the high jump,” Wyoming Area coach Jim Pizano said. “She’ll help us in the long jump, high jump and hurdles.”
The girls join forces at times in the long jump and high jump.
Brown was second in the triple jump, third in the long jump and seventh in the high jump at the district meet last season. Stackhouse was third in the high jump and 100 hurdles while placing seventh in the long jump.
Wyoming Area has several other experienced athletes to help in a variety of events.
The top returnees include senior distance runner Audrey Hiedecavage, junior Myiah Custer in the sprints and middle distance events, junior jumper Danielle Bulger, junior middle distance runner Alexa Malloy, sophomore distance runner Mackenzie Bilbow and sophomore sprinter Rachael Solano.
If she is healthy, freshman sprinter/jumper Vanessa Shedlock may make an impact on the varsity level.
The one area the Lady Warriors are searching for solutions is in the throws, something that is difficult to accomplish when poor weather dictates primarily inside practices.
“The problem is with the weather we really can’t tell who’s going to moving over to throws and who’s there,” Pizano said. “We haven’t been able to get outside and actually throw anything with the way the weather has been and all the snow.
“Once we get into the season, we usually move kids around and put kids in different places.”
Holy Redeemer is the defending WVC Division 2 girls champion.
Weather permitting, Wyoming Area is scheduled to open the league season Wednesday at Northwest, which tied Lake-Lehman for second place in the division a year ago.