While the Skyline girls’ track and field team lost quite a few talented athletes from a team that placed third in the state finals last year, the Eagles aren’t exactly returning to the starting blocks in 2018.
Coach Rolando Eccleston, now in his sixth year with the program, led the team to a second place finish in both the SEC Red Division and Regionals before the team raced to a third-place finish at the Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association (MITCA) state finals.
This year should be another successful run for Skyline.
“While it’s far too early to tell, we have a very talented group and we are coming off a very strong off-season,” said Eccleston. “I believe this team can be very competitive as we continue to gain experience and grow together as a unit.”
Eccleston says the Eagles should have a balanced team.
“We are a very balanced with good depth in multiple events, strong leadership and a very talented freshman class,” he said. “After graduating a very strong and leadership heavy senior class, we need to continue to develop as athletes and gain experience with our talented young group.:
Top returning athletes include Madeline Nicholas (11), Zsofia Hull (10), Taylor Weatherford (12), Emily Judkins (10), Lilly Peck (11), Marina Salazar (12), Camille Kukor (12), Chrysanthe Patselas (12), Meredith Peck (11), Lydia Gilbert (12), Noriah Kidd (12) and Ayanna Bell (10).
Top newcomers include freshmen Jaeda Olive, Felicity Sorensen, Catrin Koselka, Laura O’Brien and Myla Robinson.
The Eagles open the season Friday at the Macomb Dakota 9/10 Invitational.