YORK Pa. – The women's track team starts its long season at the Bucknell Season Opener on Saturday. The Spartans will look to improve on their third place Capital Athletic Conference indoor and outdoor finishes from 2013, with strong leadership and promising athletes.
For the Indoor and Outdoor season ahead, Spartan head coach Stephen LoBianco states, "I am looking forward to strong individual performances by the women. We have a lot of talent on the team. The distance women will be a strong contingent to be dealt with, and we will look for them to pave the way with top finishes. The sprints team is diverse and many of them are able to be competitive in other events, allowing them to gain experience needed to score points at the conference meets."
Bria Jones (Medford, N.Y. / Patchogue-Medford), Bethany Miller (York, Pa. / York Suburban), and Jess Miller (Dauphin, Pa. / Bishop McDevitt) will look to be the stars for the Spartans as they compete throughout the year.
As a freshmen last year, Jones was part of the CAC 4x100 championship team and scored in numerous other sprint events at conferences. She will look for another individual title this year.
Bethany Miller scored in almost all of her events at the CAC Championships in 2013. She will be a force in the pole-vault this year after jumping almost 11' last year.
Jess Miller is the reigning indoor 5k, outdoor 5k and outdoor 10k champion. Jess really came into her own at the end of track last year after breaking 18:00 in the 5k. She will look to continue her rise in her junior campaign.
The drive for a team championship in track and field always rests on the shoulders of a team's leaders. Coach Lobianco feels as though he has three strong leaders to help lead the team to a championship.
Throws leader Abbey Rhodes (Hanover, Pa. / Hanover), will look to take her experience as a top 3 finisher in the shot put to help lead the throws squad. She will enter her sophomore year with experience and qualities to help lead the throws squad.
Senior Dana Mangano (Westminister, Md. / Westminister)has much experience on the jumps squad, and will look to continue securing points for the team at conference meets, while leading the underclassmen.
Lone distance senior Rachel Berniger (Wilmington, Del. / Brandywine) has the ability to gain the team valuable points at conference meets. Last year she stepped up to earn top 6 finishes in the 800m both indoor and outdoor.
The York program will look to Caroline DeLany (Frederick, Md. / Tuscarora) and Jenna Roberts (Stewartstown, Pa. / Kennard-Dale) for big performances in the season. These athletes will look to capitalize off their performances and offseason work to surprise the CAC this year.
DeLany will look to improve on her record breaking 2013 campaign, where she broke multiple school records and won the CAC indoor mile. Roberts will look to continue her success in the indoor 800 and then really soar with in the steeplechase where she will look to challenge for an individual conference win.
York brings in a strong contingent of runners this year that should help contribute early and help the program build for the next four years.
Laura Gerraputa (Nanuet, NY. / Clarkstown) -Sprints/jumps: Gerraputa is diverse and will look to contribute in the sprints and long jump this year.
Emily Cronise (Boonsboro, Md. / Boonsboro) -Mid-distance: After a stellar season with the women's soccer team, Cronise will look to make her presence felt on the track in the 400m, 800m and mile.
Alicia Dillman (Leola, Pa./Conestoga Valley) -Distance: After being the top finishing freshmen for the women's Cross Country team, she will look to contribute in the mile, 3k and 5k this season.
Courtney Rice (Frederick, Md./ Urbana)-Sprints: Rice will look to make a difference in the 400 and relays this year.
Kathleen Cannon (Chapel Hill, NC. / Chapel Hill) -Distance: As part of the top 5 in Cross Country, Kathleen will look to continue her success in the mile, 3k and 5k.
Kasey Fogelsanger (Owings Mill, Md. / Mercy) -Mid distance: With a solid first Cross Country season behind her, Kasey will be a solid performer in the 800, mile and 3k.
Christina Saver (Elkridge, Md. / Mount de Sales Academy) – Sprints: Saver will enter the Green and white and look to contribute to the sprint squad.
Shannon Kuseryk (Ewing, NJ. / Ewing) –Mid-distance: Kuseryk will help boost the Green and White mid-distance depth.
Jenny Chao (Herndon, Va. / Westfield) –Distance: Chao will look to help York dominate the CAC in the distance events.
Meagan Craver (Spring Grove Pa. / Spring Grove) –Distance: Craver will look to help out the deep distance squad as she transitions to the collegiate level.
The women will look to big performances to power their small team. The CAC Championships will inevitably play host to some big York performances. The full schedule for the Spartans can be found here.