WELLSBURG - A nice mix of experience and highly touted newcomers dot the Brooke girls' track roster entering 2012 with senior Ali Crawford ready to build on an outstanding junior campaign.
Coach Amanda DeMarzio has only five seniors and two juniors on the roster. However, a strong group of underclassmen could make an immediate impact for the Bruins.
Crawford will be the key entering the season, and will be a threat in everything she participates in, including the 200, 400, 100 hurdles and the 400 relay. She is coming off a season in which she placed third in the hurdles, sixth in the 200 and helped the 400 relay unit to a third-place finish in Charleston.
"Ali Crawford is back and coming off a tremendous year," DiMarzio mentioned. "I believe she will be a dominant runner in both the OVACs and the state meet.
"I also expect our 4X100 to be just as strong as it was last year."
Junior Juliet Casinelli was a state qualifier in the discus while classmate Amber Govey and senior Carly Gima will both be looked upon to rack up points in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200. Sophomore Kelcey Coen could also be a threat in the 800.
Freshman speedster Natalie Fowler will run the 100 and 200 and anchor the Bruins' 400 relay quartet.
Other seniors on the roster are Elizabeth Fernandez (hurdles), Rachel Richard (400, relays) and Lauren Brindley (distance, middle-distance). Sophomores include Jordan Paris (sprints), Amanda Loughery (100, relays), Erin Conaway (sprints, middle-distance), Brittany Burns (sprints), Kelcey Coen (800, relays), Ashley Clutter (sprints), Kristin Brady (hurdles, relays), Krista Brady (400, relays) and Natosha Douglas (shot put, discus).
Tiffany Adams (sprints) joins Fowler as the only freshmen on the squad.
Coming off a major injury last year, and a fine football campaign last winter, Tim Faulkner will be a force in the 100 and shorter relays while Jake Ricelli was a state qualifier in the 400 and will also run the 200 and the two shorter relay events.
Senior Vinnie Pizzuti will be joined in the 1,600 by junior Matt Beaman while Jordan Harlan will handle the 800.
The 1,600 unit that ran in Charleston returns in tact led by Riccelli, Nigel Bowland, Nathan Morris and Harlan.
Senior Wes Rine returns after competing at the state meet in both the 100 and 300 hurdles as a junior.
The remainder of the senior class consists of Cedric McAllister (sprints), Levi Byers (sprints) and Jacob Byers (sprints).
Juniors are Keith Donley (sprints, shot put) and Austin Graham (long jump, hurdles) while sophomores are Josh Zonker (sprints), Joey Montgomery (sprints, shot put, discus), James Harrick (sprints) and Trey Gilham (shot put, discus).
The four freshmen will be Anthonio Pizzuti (distance), Jakob Hileman (middle-distance), Matt Hartman (hurdles) and Chris Beaman (high jump, sprints).
"We have a really strong group of seniors that came out this year," DiMarzio said.
"And that is something that I believe will really aid us in the sprint relays."