PLATTSBURGH — The Beekmantown girls’ track and field team returns a good chunk of its 2013 team, which won the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference Division I championship as well as the Section VII title. Plattsburgh High was not far behind the Eagles last year and boasts a roster with a mix of veterans and newcomers. Meanwhile, Saranac features both experience and depth this season.
The Saranac boys will be chasing their sixth consecutive Section VII crown as well as defending their divisional title. The Chiefs expect Beekmantown to be a tough foe in their division and Ticonderoga, which has a strong group of upperclassmen, to challenge them at sectionals.
Editor’s Note: The Press-Republican did not receive a coaching form for the AuSable Valley and Beekmantown boys or Northeastern Clinton and Peru girls.
The girls expect to be strong in the sprints, jumps and throws. Ashlee Estes, a two-time state qualifier, competes in the jumps, hurdles and sprints. Rachel Knapp, who owns a school record, will lead the sprinters, and Noelle Miller will look to contribute in the sprints as well as the throws and jumps.
The Patriots have just five returning athletes, and they’ll need to develop some of their young newcomers at the middle and long distances. With the largest roster they’ve had in several years, they hope to compete for the Division II title.
Haley Taylor, Amanda Smith, Marissa Bickford.
Rachel Ford, Rachel Knapp, Noelle Miller, Emily Patenuade.
Caitlin Bloom, Bryce Douglass, Alexandra Lincoln, Jessica Malskis, Shania Malskis, Emily McCormick, Haley Passino, Brinn Peck, Lydia Russom, Taylor Saltus, Haley Sprague, Briana Williams, Emily Wood.
The girls went 8-0 in CVAC meets last season and then won the Section VII championship. With 19 returning athletes, the Eagles hope to contend for both titles again this year, but they expect tough competition from several teams.