Girls track team thinking big

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Rob Reischel
Charlotte Sue is one of the top returnees for Middleton’s girls track and field team this spring/Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Cory Christnovich isn’t shy.

Middleton’s girls track and field coach knows the Big Eight Conference is loaded once again. Christnovich understands teams like Sun Prairie and Madison Memorial bring back talented, experienced rosters.

But Christnovich fully expects his Cardinals to be the Big Eight’s best outfit for a second straight season.

“I fully expect to compete for the conference title again and to keep it for a second straight year,” Christnovich said.

Middleton did exactly that last season in Christnovich’s first year taking over for long-time coach Tara Franklin. The Cardinals won the Big Eight Conference meet, finished first at regionals, second at sectionals and fifth at state.

Sam Valentine, who finished second at state in both the 800- and 1,600-meter runs, has graduated and leaves big shoes to fill. Lauren Smith, who was second at state in the 100-meter hurdles and anchored Middleton’s 800-meter relay team, will also be extremely tough to replace.

But the Cardinals do have a talented roster for Christnovich to work with.

Senior Madeline Ace (400, 800), senior Alyssa Lemirande (400, 800), junior Juliana Castillo (200, 400) and sophomore Hadley Braaten (200, 400) lead the middle distance group.

Juniors Charlotte Sue, Iris Ohlrogge and Natalie Asmus, seniors Maya Gibson, Molly Hoferle and Morgan Eder and sophomore Elizabeth Pansegrau headline the distance runners.

Juniors Maddie Callahan and Clara Cownie will compete in sprints and jumps, while senior Courtney Florin will specialize in hurdles and jumps. Junior Ellie Grosspietch and sophomore Mackenzie Krueger will be a sprinters, senior Betsy Hathaway will compete in the pole vault and sprints, while sophomore Claire Lorman is a triple jumper.

Junior Jennifer McGinnis will specialize in sprints and the triple jump, while junior Marie Mayers will compete in the 300 hurdles and 400-meter dash. Senior Madeline Pflasterer-Jennerjohn will compete in the pole vault, sprints and jumps, sophomore Lily Welti will specialize in sprints and jumps, and sophomore Tai Pritts will compete in sprints and throws.

Middleton’s throwers include seniors Jahnavi Gali and Maya Huebsch and junior Reshma Gali. Senior Rachel Zander will compete in both sprints and throws, while and junior Grace Peterson is a high jumper.

“We have a lot of great athletes trying to earn the few varsity spots,” Christnovich said. “These ladies love to put in hard work and love to keep improving themselves day in and day out at practice. 

“They know that practice is hard, but that the hard work will pay off in the end. They never shy away from the challenge put in front of them.

“Every day it is hard for me to figure out who is having more fun at practice and who is enjoying it more — the coaches or the athletes. Everyone is smiling, energetic, happy, and putting in their best effort to try to make Middleton girls track and field the best that it can be.”

Middleton’s girls improved by leaps and bounds a year ago. And by the end of the year, the Cardinals fielded one of the top outfits in the state.

Christnovich is optimistic the same will hold true this spring.

“Our ladies at the end of last season were so confident in their abilities and it showed at the meets,” Christnovich said. “You could see the confidence, readiness, and determination in their eyes, how they held themselves, and how they prepared for their events. 

“They then put that into action when they competed and were performing personal bests time-in and time-out at meets. It was so much fun to watch and to be there cheering them on, helping them reach their goals.”



Seniors: Madeline Ace, Andrea Aranda Sanchez, Andrea Aranda Sanchez, Laly Cadenillas, Morgan Eder, Courtney Florin, Jahnavi Gali, Maya Gibson, Lauren Hartig, Betsy Hathaway, Molly Hoferle, Emma Hoffman, Kayla Holmes, Maya Huebsch, Paola Lara Santiago, Alyssa Lemirande, Allison Libert, Maria Ohlrogge, Madeline Pflasterer-Jennerjohn, Anitha Quintin, Venkatesh Renu, Rachel Steiner, Clara MarieWilliams, Rachel Zander

Juniors: Natalie Asmus, Maddie Callahan, Juliana Castillo, Charlotte Sue, Clara Cownie, Autumn Delaney, Payton Dower, Katiya Fosdick, Reshma Gali, Bailey Gresch, Ellie Grosspietch, Leta Landucci, Marie Mayers, Jennifer McGinnis, Megan Meinholz, Iris Ohlrogge, Molly Parkin, Margaret Patterson, Grace Peterson, Kayla Underwood,

Sophomores: Elora Becker, Kailey Best,  Abigail Bliss, Hadley Braaten, Stacia Flock, Hannah Flottmeyer, Keller Frinzi, Amber Grim, Quinn Harris, Julia Hartig, Olivia Hartig, Kelly Hathaway, Noell Jellison, Emily Keebler, Anna Keebler, Shae-LynnKruchten, Mackenzie Krueger, Claire Lorman, Abby Mangas, Mallory May, Susannah Murdoch, Qeren Ndoyi, Elizabeth Pansegrau, Tai Pritts, Laura Rice, Alexis Stahnke, Anna Thomley, Lily Welti, Megan Zimmerman, Anna Zimmerman

Freshmen: Mara Allen, Charlotte Buck, Julia Compton, Sophia De Oliveira, Ada Demetrios,  Kennedy Denoble, Georgia Elliott, Elizabeth Engle, Elizabeth Folsom, Shreya Godishala,  Katie Hesselbein, Lexi Hillebrand, Maddie Hoffmann, Ryleigh Iverson, Julie Jones, Maggie Kane, Emma Kostecki, Jenny Lee, Katelyn Maas, Lili McGuffey, Skylar Mihal, Nicole Parkinson, Anna Paulsen, Jena Peterson, Delijah Randle, Andreyona Scott, Sitori Tanin, Jada Thomas, Maggie Zopf.

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