2018 Women's track & field previewThe Coast Guard Academy women’s track & field team returns a deep squad while adding a number of strong freshmen who will look to make an immediate impact during the 2018 season.
Senior Gabby Troise closes out her excellent career this year holding four school records (indoor and outdoor shotput, weight throw and hammer) while also being named All-New England three times and was runner-up at the NEWMAC Championship in 2017. She has already started off this season strong with a victory in the weight throw at the Tufts Invitational.
Joining Troise in the throws is freshman Leilani Salang who was second in the weight throw and ninth in the shot put this past weekend. She will continue to be a scoring threat all season and be an excellent addition to the Bears throws.
Coast Guard returns a number of top sprinters, namely in the 400. Sophomore Anna Beck made an immediate impact last season running the second fastest 400 in school history indoors (59.77) followed by the fastest ever outdoors (57.82).
Top: Maddie Colwell Bottom: Senior Ally Cobb
Sophomore Maddie Colwell is also one of the top returning 400 runners from last season and will be joined by senior Ally Cobb to make the Bears once again formidable in the 4x400 and DMR.
Junior Caroline Jenkins is the top returning hurdler for Coast Guard owning the third fastest time in the 400 hurdles and second fastest in the 60 hurdles. She ran the fourth fastest time in school history to open the season with a time of 10.22 in the 60 hurdles at the Tufts Invitational. Jenkins will also add depth to the Bears 4x400.
Sophomore Mary Sims
Sophomore Mary Sims helped bolster the hurdle events last season as a freshman and will look to continue to build on that success. Freshman Alexis Willis has also shown promise through preseason and will contribute in both the hurdles and the long jump.
In the mid-distance events, senior Ashlee Johnson had a monster indoor season setting both the 500 and 600 school record in 2017. She will be the veteran leadership to the mid-distance crew guiding them through what can be a successful 2018 season.
Sophomore Adora Lawrence finished her freshman campaign strong, earning NEWMAC Co-Rookie of the year honors, setting the school record in the 800 (2:15.08), and helped set the school record in 4x400 (3:55.27) for a fourth place finish at the outdoor Division III New England Championship.
Junior Morgan Garrett
Junior Morgan Garrett and freshman Maeve Roach will also be counted on in the mid-distance events to contribute and help continue the relay success of the past few years.
Freshman Kaitlyn Mooney makes her debut on the track for Coast Guard after an electric start to her cross country career that saw her finish fourth at the NCAA Championship and be named USTFCCCA New England Region Athlete of the Year. She will focus on the mile and 3K while also being an excellent addition to the Bears relays.
Senior Rachel Burchill will head the longer distance events, running the 5K and 3K indoor preparing for the length of the 10K outdoor. She opened up the season with a victory in the 5K at the Tufts Invitational with the seventh fastest time in program history (19:07.89).
Junior Anita Green
Junior Anita Green is the top miler to return for Coast Guard and picked up where she left off last season running 5:22.99 to start the season with a third place finish. She will continue to be a major contributor to the Bears relays this season.
Sophomore Olivia Suski (right) and Kiki Carson (left) are both coming off their most successful cross country season and will look to carry that success over to the track.
Junior Kristina Bynum set the school record outdoors in the long jump (17-4) in her first year as a member of the track & field team. Willis also has the potential to contribute in her first season at the Academy.
Sophomore Hollis Roush just missed the qualifying standard for the pentathlon in her freshman season. She continued to improve during her outdoor season and qualified for the Division III New England Championship in the heptathlon.
After a successful start to the 2018 season at the Tufts Invitational, the Bears will look to continue to improve this season and be prepared for postseason success.