Carman leads team at Demon Indoor

Led by captains Soumba Traore ’14, Ellen Carman ’14, Aspen Miller ’14, Emma Wortman ’14 and Sarah Plock ’15, the girl’s track and field team is on their way into the season and poised to continue improving up to the state meet in May.


Riley Lewers ’16 leading off the girl’s 4×800

Daniela Perret, Features Editor

After only two weeks of practices in undesired weather, members of the girl’s track and field team made their way to two meets, one of which was the Demon Invite hosted at the University of Iowa indoor track this past Tuesday.

“I think for the most part the meets went really well, the team put forth a really great effort,” Ellen Carman ’14 said. “But obviously the times aren’t where we want them to be at the end of the season. They were a little lagging, especially for sprinters because it’s hard to get that speed specific, technique specific work in without a track.”

The outdoor track has been covered in snow the past few months and that, along with the record low temperatures, has caused the team to have many of their practices indoors. But although the team has not had desired practices, they still competed and met the standard of excellence in multiple events in their first two meets. Highlights for the team at Demon included the 4x800m relay, made up of Mary Arch ’17, Soumba Traore ’14, Fanta Traore ’16 and Morgan Sammons ’14, and Carman winning the 1500m run.

“It was good to get our first meet in, considering we haven’t had much training,” Co-head coach, Joe Graf, said. “I think they competed very well, a lot of younger girls got in their first races of their careers.”

While the Demon Invite was going on, other members made their way up to the Quad Cities to compete in Rock Island Invite. Highlights for this meet included the 4x200m relay made up of Delaney Johnson ’16, Lauren Caris ’17, Maddie Deprenger ’16, and Hazel Crew ’15, and Ana Pienta ’17 in the open 200m.

“Everyone competed very strongly,” Graf said. “They all competed to the finish line, everyone was nervous but they all gave their best effort.”

The girls will be competing again next Tuesday at the Wartburg Indoor meet in Waverly.