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Team:
Wallkill Valley Girls Track and Field

Head Coach: Jim Hamill (Sprints/Jumps/Vault)

Assistant Coaches:John Steiger(Throws), Nick Gebhardt(Throws), Ally Wacker (Hurdles/Jumps), Aimee Cheggwidden (Distance), Justin Simmons (Distance)

Season’s with the Team:
6 Years (4th as Head Coach & 2 Years as Assistant)

2019 Record:
3-2

Anticipated Varsity Players:
Kat Gomez (Sr. Sprints), Sophia Spector (Sr. Sprints), Jamie Struble (Sr. Jumps), Katie Vanderwiele (Jr. Throws), Sam Opilla (Jr. Sprints/Jumps), Natalia Mianowski (Jr. Sprints/Jumps), Emily McCallum (Jr. Distance), Megan Fahrenfeld (Jr. Distance), Kelly DeFinis (Jr. Vault), Meagan Carr (Jr. Throws), Haleigh Wolverton (So. Sprints), Alexa Spector (So. Sprints), Saige Slater (Sprints/Hurdles), Gianna Sienkiewicz (So. Sprints), Julie Murphy (So. Distance), Zoe Kaczerski (So. Sprints),

Players on the Rise:
Dayna Alemy (Fr. Distance), Jane Einreinhofer (Fr. Sprints), Trinity Hartung (Fr. Distance), Lilly Guthrie (Fr. Distance), Michaela Neiper (Fr. Distance), Tomi Akintunde (Jr. Throws), Tamia Ross (Jr. Throws/Sprints), Mia Martin (Sr. Jumps)

Coach’s Outlook:
After a couple years of tremendous success, school records, and Sectional Championship runner-ups the 2019 season was a rebuilding season. Now in 2020 the Rangers should return to form with great athletes in almost all the events. Led by a very strong sophomore and junior class and with some great seniors mixed in the Rangers should make some noise as a team. On the track Kat Gomez returns to lead the way as she projects to be one of the top sprinters in the area. Sophia Spector also returns as she is a pivotal piece of the relay teams. Also returning in the sprints are Gianna Sienkiewicz, Alexa Spector, Saige Slater, Haleigh Wolverton, and Zoe Kaczerski who all make up a stellar sophomore class. The distance team should be one of the best units the girls have had in a long time led by Emily McCallum one of the top runners in the area. Also making the unit very formidable are Julie Murphy and Megan Fahrenfeld who are within striking distance of the schools 4x800m relay record. In the jumps the Rangers will be led by Jamie Struble in the high jump and O-Burg sisters Sam Opilla and Natalia Mianowski in the long and triple jumps. Rounding out the events are Katie Vanderwiele and Meagan Carr who will be major components of the Rangers throwing squad and Kelly DeFinis who will hold down the pole vault pit. The Rangers best chance of sending individuals to the Meet of Champions come with Kat Gomez in the 400 meter, Emily McCallum in the 3200m, and the girl’s school record 4×400 meter relay team consisting of Gomez, Sophia Spector, Alexa Spector, Sam Opilla, and Gianna Sienkiewicz.

Team:
Wallkill Valley Boys Track and Field

Head Coach: Jim Hamill (Sprints/Jumps/Vault)

Assistant Coaches:John Steiger(Throws), Nick Gebhardt(Throws), Ally Wacker (Hurdles/Jumps), Aimee Cheggwidden (Distance), Justin Simmons (Distance)

Season’s with the Team:
6 Years (4th as Head Coach & 2 Years as Assistant)

2019 Record:
4-1

Anticipated Varsity Players:
Kevin Armstrong (Sr. Throws), Evan Faner (Sr. Sprints/Jumps), Alex Mastroianni (Sr. Sprints), Trevor Wassel (Sr. Hurdles), Cole Weekley (Sr. Sprints/Throws), Brandon Campbell (Jr. Jumps), Romeo Cuevas (Jr. Sprints/Vault) Ivan Hicks (Jr. Hurdles/Jumps), Jack Lally (Jr. Sprints/Vault), Georgio Moskonsas (Jr. Throws), Luke Owens (Jr. Distance), Patrick Stencel (So. Sprints), Lukas Wilowski (So. Distance)

Players on the Rise:
Liam Roman (Fr. Distance), Dylan Bonser (Fr. Sprints/Jumps) Gian Accardi (Jr. Sprints/Vault), Hunter Nolan (Jr. Throws), Nick Paddock (Jr. Distance), George Rowen (Jr. Sprints/Vault), Tommy Testino (Jr. Throws/Jumps)

Coach’s Outlook:
After many years of success the Rangers are looking to rebuild on the boys side. With a large amount of the school’s football team and a large freshman class, the Rangers are looking to fill open spots in their lineup with some great athletes. Kevin Armstrong, Brandon Campbell, Cole Weekley, Romeo Cuevas, and Jack Lally all had strong Indoor Track seasons that hopefully carry over. With the addition of returners like Ivan Hicks from the basketball court who is a great jumper and do-it-all Alex Mastroianni hopefully back in time from injury the Rangers hope to continue the streak of sending an athlete to the prestigious Meet of Champions. Kevin Armstrong returns as one of the best javelin throwers in the state and has the best chance to advance to MOC’s. As always the Rangers should remain very competitive in the throws and jumps. The distance team is young, but very promising. The Rangers seem to have some depth with individuals like Georgio Moskonas, Evan Faner, Luke Owens, Lukas Wilowski that will help them through the relay season. They should have a couple individual athletes do well at conference and state meets such as Armstrong, Campbell, and Hicks.

 

George Muha has been covering high school sports since 2006. He feels high school scholar-athletes are the most important part of the community and highlighting their achievements on the field, in the classroom and within the community is his personal mission.

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